We can all bear fruits in our own special ways. In another inspiring episode, Dr. Siohvaughn Funches talks about bearing fruits after being barren. She notes the gravity of his provision including even material things, stating that God is without doubt providing us everything he can in any form and in random moments. When it comes to blessing, Jesus is all inclusive and chooses no one in particular. Learn more about the miracle of bearing fruits as Dr. Funches reads a scripture from Genesis chapter 17.
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From Barren To Bearing (Part 1)
I want to talk to you about going from barrenness to bearing fruit, but before we get into this episode’s message, let us take the time as we always do and pray. We thank You, Heavenly Father, for this time to get at the feet of Your son, Jesus, and hear His word. We thank You for all the blessings and all the benefits, all the provision and divine protection, peace and prosperity and so much more, God, that comes when we sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His word. Allowing Your words to accomplish what it is that You sent it to do with no effort on our part but obedience, Lord, towards You and towards Your word, which encourages us, God, to get at Your feet, to see Jesus and to know him more.
I thank You and I pray, Heavenly Father, for all the wisdom, the revelation You’ve given us so far on this journey. I pray, God, that it will be no different other than You will bless us even more for in Your light, we see light. I pray that You will give to each and every one of us, God, hearing this message no matter what time we hear it, no matter how many times we hear it, the spirit of Your wisdom, which is Jesus, revelation and the knowledge of Jesus. I pray that the eyes of our understanding will be completely enlightened that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance and the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power.
I ask You, Jesus, to expound on the scriptures to us about the things concerning Yourself. I pray that we see Your heart and as we see Your heart, God, we see Your hand move in every area of our life, even those areas we don’t know to even ask You, God, to move in. I pray, Jesus, that You will open up our understanding that we might comprehend the scriptures and know You more for Your glory, for our good, the good of Your kingdom and even the good of this whole world. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
I’m excited about this episode’s message. If you read the episode, this is not per se, a continuation from it but I noticed that the Lord is leading us in the area of provision. This message has an underlying tone of provision. Like the last few episodes when we did that series, we were seeing God as Jehovah Jireh, our provider. It looks like God has led us in that direction. He wants to show us more and reveal more of Himself to us, give us more understanding about who He is and what He does and what He’s willing to do for us and He’s building up our faith in this area. I’m excited because, as we said over the previous few episodes, God gave us this understanding that when He reveals Himself and He is to us a provider, which he is Jehovah Jireh, this is a provision for everything we need and even our hearts desires. This is not just about money, although God is our provider in that area as well, this is a provision in whatever area that you need it.
This episode’s message is, from barren to bearing. This is what we’re talking about, from being barren to going into bearing fruit. Let us first firmly establish via the Word of God. I told you early on in this journey, you should never have to take my word for it. I don’t even take my word for it. I want to know what God says. I’m not interested in what I even say, “I’m not interested in what Siohvaughn says unless she first heard it from God.” It’s that simple. I want to take a moment like God led me to do and when I was preparing the message. This will be a series, at least three parts. I want to firmly establish via the Word of God that it is absolutely, unequivocally the perfect will of God for your life and mine that we bear fruit in every area of our life and not be barren. Let’s state that truth. Let’s look at some scriptures and establish that in our hearts because faith to believe God comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ.
This particular verse is from the new King James Version. All of them are, except there’s one that I got from the new living testament. It says, “Beloved, I pray above all things that you will prosper in all things and be in health even as your soul prospers.” There are plenty of things to pray for, but this is my top-notch priority prayer. It’s powerful here because the spirit of religion that the enemy has used to try to penetrate the church and I mean the body of Christ. I’m talking about individually and then even through certain ministries in your whole typical church setting where there’s the building. He tried it in both, tirelessly. I’m talking about for generations he’s done that, trying to get us to see God, distort our image of God, to distort to us who God is and what it is God wants for us.
He wants to make God look bad. He’s done that since the garden. Did God say you couldn’t eat from every tree? Let’s doubt what he said and why he said it and doing that to get Adam and Eve to disobey God to their own detriment. He’s coming after God’s character. He’s attacking his character so you can question Him, whether he wants what’s best for you. Is God even interested in that part of my life? Before it even interested you, before it concerned you, it interests God and it concerns God. God is mindful of you, concerned about you. He who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He’s not giving rest his eyelids, but he’s faithfully and carefully watching over you. He has saved you, delivers you, heals you, protects you, and provides for you. God gave up his only begotten son for you. That’s the most and the best and when you’ve done the most and you’ve given the best, everything else is the lesser of them.
I’m not saying that these things that you desire or that you have a prayer for, even people in need of a miracle, lives are at stake. I’m not saying at all that that’s not important. I’m simply saying, if God has done the most, why would he not do the lesser? If he’s done the most, why wouldn’t he do the least of the things? If God has given you what is priceless, his only begotten son, Jesus, for your sake, what is it to give you something that has a price tag on it? Priceless is worth more than that which is priced. That always has been. That always will be. I’m attacking what the enemy has attacked you and me with and that’s questioning God’s character. Does he care? Will he help you in this area? Is this even important to God? God is spirit but the enemy tries to make you feel things like money are not spiritual.
God is Jehovah Jireh and that’s provision and money is one of the ways that God provides for his people. God is interested in that. The Bible says that money is the root of all evil. The Bible doesn’t say that. The Bible says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” We are to use money but we’re not to love it. God knows when you go to the grocery store, you don’t go speaking in tongues when you check out. If there’s someone reading and God provided for them that way, it doesn’t make a difference. They know that God provided for them that way. For the most part, we are all pulling out cash or a debit card or using that Apple Pay thing that I haven’t figured out yet.
The point is, God created provision. When He made us, He allowed us to have needs. He’s the one who said, “I will meet those needs.” The enemy can come and try to tell you, “God isn’t interested in monetary things, material things.” Yes, He is. The Bible says that Jesus, dying on the cross for us, became poor so that through His poverty, we might be rich. Before we could pray, before we could get somebody to touch and agree, before we could fast, before we even knew that we had that need, before we were formed in our mother’s womb, that was written. God knows what we need before we need it. God is interested in that.
God is spiritual, but He is also practical because remember, He could have made us float around here like Casper the Friendly Ghost, but He didn’t. He put our feet on solid ground. You put one in front of the other. You have things like a growling stomach, you’re going to need something to eat. You don’t have to tell God that, in a sense, if He doesn’t know. Commune with Him. Never say, “God already knows that. What’s the point in telling Him?” What is the point of you talking to stuff? You can know something and discern something’s wrong with your own child before they open their mouth to speak. Don’t you want to hear from them? It doesn’t matter to you that if they want to cry, they will cry on your shoulder and tell you what happened even if you are in the inside saying, “I knew that was going to happen.”
That happens a lot as parents, but you want to hear from them. You want them to pour out to you because you love them. You don’t want to ever go without hearing them. If you can hear them, if you can hear from them, even if you didn’t know that, that’s what communion, fellowship and nurturing relationships is all about. These are important relationships, parent-child. God, we must remember, is our Father and we are His sons and daughters. This parent-child relationship is the most important. God wants to hear from you. Don’t worry about God being all-knowing. God wants to hear from you.
Let’s first establish that God cares and is concerned more than you can ever be about providing for you, even in the area of finances and material things. It was God’s idea, not ours that not only did he say, “I will supply all of your needs.” We need clothes. The way you get that is you use or take money and you pay for that. Is God limited to that? Is He in a box? Absolutely not, but He knows that’s a way to do it. Money is a means to get it, He’s into providing that. I want to firmly establish in you that God is not just interested in your spiritual life. He’s interested in everything that interests you and even more.
The things you haven’t thought of, God is interested in it because remember, God goes before us. There are things He knows now that we don’t even know, we haven’t even encountered yet, but He knows that we will and He has gone before us as a lover, as a protector, and as a provider, having set in place everything that we need. The Bible says that with every trial and temptation, God has already provided the way of escape. God wants to hear from you. I want to establish with you that God is interested in those natural things, as well as those spiritual things and this scripture brings that home, “Beloved, I pray above all things.” Top prayer. Top priority. You will prosper in how many things? My Bible says all things, be in health.
God is concerned about your health. Even as your soul prospers, he’s concerned about your soul. God is concerned about you spiritually. He is concerned about you naturally. He made you both. You are a spirit being but you are housed in a body. That’s the shelter for your spirit right now. He wouldn’t have given you both if He didn’t have provision for both. God is love and He is wisdom. I even have enough sense to know, you’re going to need to take care of both if you give both. Definitely, God knows. If I know that, go to sleep in pure peace knowing that if Siohvaughn knows that, God knows it. She’s not as smart as God. That we all can agree on.
Bearing Lasting Fruit
Let me take you to John 15. This is where I went to the New Living Testament. God also talks about bearing fruit and this is beautiful, what God showed me here. Jesus spoke these words, He said, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for using my name.” Why? That wasn’t enough to bless us with. This guy we serve, He is love, I know He says. He is giving, too. He says, “The Father will give you whatever you asked for using my name.”
This is why Jesus said the gospel is good news. The Lord showed me, not only is it His perfect will, the Word of God is God’s and we want to rightly divide the word, but you can take this statement as true, generally speaking. The entire Word of God is the will of God. There are things in the Bible that obviously weren’t God’s will. There are people that said they were going to kill a man, for example, and God is like, “I never called you to do that.” You rightly divide the word. Things that God says, things that are promises of God, these are the will of God for our life, these are the perfect will of God. This is the heart of God and the will of God revealed to us as plainly as the Holy Spirit makes it to us.
Jesus is saying, “This is my idea. You didn’t choose me, I chose you and I did it for a reason.” This is good. People who have run from God, don’t act crazy. God is on the same to bless you, don’t run from a blessing. If somebody wants to give you a brand new Maserati, you fly out the dealership, “Get away from me.” Nobody does that. Nobody would do that. Here comes God giving you blessings that are bound way beyond the Maserati, even though that can be included. I’ve seen God move even greater than that. That’s a fact.
That’s why I told you, He’s interested in material things for you. God wants to give us so much more than that. We shouldn’t run from Him. We should run towards Him and embrace Him and all that He has for us. Embrace Him and all that He has for you because the worst thing you can do to someone who’s hardest to give, whose language of love is to give is to not receive the gift that they’re giving you. You want to love God. You want to praise God. You want to demonstrate your love to God, receive it. Jesus said that this is the will of God and believe in the one whom he sent. Do that. That’s what He wants for you. That’s doing God’s will.
I love that Jesus says, “I appointed you to go and produce this fruit. It’s the will of God.” Jesus says, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Jesus said, “I don’t say things unless I first heard God say it.” God sent Him in human form. This is God in the flesh and he is saying, “It’s my perfect will that you produce fruit.” Not just any fruit though, I love this word, lasting. I love that Jesus says, “You will bear fruit and your fruit shall remain.” It’s not even God’s will like, “She prospered in a season but it was downhill from there.” Religion will try to tell you that that’s the will of God. That is a lie from the pit of hell itself because the devil wants to get people to think that he’s the one who’s giving all this stuff away for free and God is stingy. That’s what he did in the garden. God is holding back.
Everything is included with Jesus, all-inclusive. Have you ever been on an all-inclusive vacation? You don’t go and pay for the food because that’s included. That’s been paid for already. Jesus is all-inclusive when it comes to blessings. Everything you need and everything you could ever want is all-inclusive. You get Jesus, you got it all. One fell swoop. If they can do it with a vacation, certainly, God can do it. If a man got the wisdom, you know that God got greater wisdom. We have Jesus here promising that it’s the will of God that you produce fruit. In fact, He’s saying, “That’s why I pointed you. This is why I even called you that you would do this.” Not just any fruit, but lasting fruit. I love that God showed me this and this was at the last minute of preparing the message. I got this revelation and God was telling me, not that Jesus said this and He’s obviously God in the flesh, but He told me, “It’s also important to know, tell my people when he said it.” That’s important when He said it and this has blessed me. It blessed my socks off.
We know when God was explaining what He meant by when He said it, being vital, being important and the Lord let me know, “He said this, Siohvaughn.” When Jesus was getting ready to die and you think about somebody who’s preparing themselves, somebody who knows. I know people sometimes have went and they didn’t know they were going to go, but I’m talking about for the believer. I believe God lets believers know that they’re going to transition over. A believer never dies. They’re going to relocate, you’re moving. You’re not dying. For the born again believers who’s put their faith in Christ, they are not dying, they are relocating. You’re getting ready to move. The Lord showed me that Jesus set this, knowing that He was getting ready to die.
Any man or woman who is on their deathbed, so to speak, they know that what they say is important. Their words become important and they are seasoned and saturated with purpose. “Nobody wants to speak idle words at that time because the time is limited.” God told me. Jesus, knowing all things, including that he was about to be crucified, would choose his words carefully. “If any other man can do this, certainly the son of God will have the wisdom to choose his words carefully and knowing that he’s running out of that time, would be saying what is most important.” God told me.
Out of all the things he could have said, because every bit of it matters, every bit of it is life, even eternal life. This is what he says to us people, knowing his time is limited, knowing that whatever he says, choose your words carefully because the clock is ticking and the time is running out. He died our death so we don’t have to die. He knew that he would and this is what he said, “You didn’t choose me, I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for using my name.” This is powerful. We have our belief firmly established, which was important to take the time and do that, that it is absolutely, unequivocally the perfect Will of God, your Father in heaven, that you bear fruit in every area of your life and not be barren.
Nothing Is Impossible
The key scripture God gave me for this particular series, we’re talking about going from being barren to bearing and he gave me Luke 1:36 through 37 and it says, “Now this is the sixth month of pregnancy that is, for her who was called barren. For with God, nothing will be impossible.” This is what God gave us. This is the sixth month we well into this bearing fruit thing. You pregnant ladies, nine months, they say ten. This is the sixth month well on the way, more than halfway done, for her who was once called barren, somebody with an inability to produce fruit. Why is that for?
God says for because with God, nothing will be impossible. I say this respectfully and I hope you don’t take it the wrong way. I promise you I say it out of love. No matter what it is you’re going through and I don’t minimize it in the sense that it has concerned you, of course not and I don’t. I want to minimize it in this sense, it’s like a grain of sand compared to your large God. God said it and he cannot lie. With Him, nothing is impossible. We’re going to look at that and we’re going to go into some examples that the Holy Spirit gave in preparing this message and see that.
I want to also establish, before we get into the particular scriptures that God gave in this series, at least for this particular part which is part one, that all be it, some of these key scriptures we’re going to go over passages of scriptures, not just isolating them, but we’ll go into people’s life. We’ll read a few scriptures each and take the time and enjoy that. Let that go in and accomplish what God sent it to do. God will get to the point. We can’t get to the point without God. God is his word. We can’t be like God without God. We want to allow God to read the scriptures and remember when you do, it’s not a waste of time, it’s powerful. God’s words accomplished what he sent it to do.
While you’re resting, relaxing and receiving, that word is going in you, in your life, in your family, in your finance, and in every area and it’s accomplishing what God sent it to do. We see what God is sending and get to do. It’s God’s will that we bear fruit. We want to do that and remember His word and we established this early is health to all of our flesh. If you’re in need of health, sit under the word. Listen to the word as much as you can. Hear the Word of God and we’re going to be doing that in finishing up this particular series.
I’ll be at the scriptures that we’ll go over and read some of these different examples, not everyone but some of them, about going from barrenness to bearing fruit that will be about women who were barren in their natural womb. I want everybody to understand that barrenness is something that the enemy tries to attack people’s life with in any area. This is not just about infertility issues. This is about having the ability to bear fruit in every area of your life. Remember, the scripture said that I pray that you will prosper in all things. If it’s God’s will for you to prosper in all things, know that the enemy and his hate for God would try to attack you in all things. If God wants you to bear fruit and all things, the enemy wants you to be barren in all things. I don’t mean he’s right. I’m saying that’s the fool that he is.
Giving Birth To The Promises Of God
We want to establish that barrenness is not about someone who is believing God for a child and is struggling in the area of fertility and we know this because God told me, “You can give birth to a child.” Obviously women, but that’s not the only thing that a person can give birth to. Every day, people are giving birth to both destiny and they’re giving birth to purpose. People are giving birth to the promises of God. We are birthing. Jesus, in the Bible, is talking about how a woman is in labor and He’s using that illustration because that’s a natural way to give birth.
Some of the things you go through are the same things you go through when you are giving birth to something spiritually and how this woman labors and she’s in great pain. No one is denying that. Jesus didn’t deny that. I certainly don’t deny that if God didn’t. He says that when her hour has come and she gives birth to this child, she forgets about all the pain she was in because of the joy of having this child. Sometimes giving birth to something spiritually can be painful. Naturally speaking, women who have given birth and you will know it, those of you who are going to give birth. If you believe in God for a child, I prophesy, decree and declare, you will give birth and you will give birth sooner than you expect, in Jesus’ name.
I believe that God wants us to understand. There are times when a woman is in labor and earlier on she’s in pain, but it’s not bad as the time goes on and you dilated more in centimeters, especially if you ever had an epidural, it seems unbearable because the closer you get to giving birth, the more the pain intensifies. It gets intense. That happens, sometimes, spiritually and this is usually where people want to give up. We say stuff like, “You seem like all hell breaking loose.” That right there, like a woman in labor is saying that too, “I feel like all hell is breaking again.” It’s like, “What is going on?” What’s going on is you’re closer now to having that promise than you’ve ever been. The enemy’s attack failed, the attempt to take you out is a sheer sign that you are at the threshold and the door has been swung open. I prophesied that, in Jesus’ name.
From Hope To Having
I wanted to establish with you that giving birth can be natural and spiritual. We’re going to look at these natural examples like Jesus did and let God bring out for us spiritual truths, but if you are somebody who’s believing God for a baby, no one believes that God who created the womb can certainly open it. He did it for many others in the Bible. Everything that God has ever done is not written in that book, but He has repeatedly had it written down how He’s taken a barren womb and brought it to bearing fruit. He’s used those natural examples for women who could not conceive and He made them fertile and blessed them to have children. Be encouraged not just to have hope. God brings you from hope to have it. He doesn’t want you to be hopeful and then disappointed. There’s no disappointment in Jesus and that I can promise you. I can’t promise you many things and I won’t do that.
Let’s start by looking at Genesis 17: 1 through 6. When I look at the story of Abraham and Sarah briefly in some of these verses and take our time and let God administer to us through His words. It says, this is important, “When Abraham was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abraham and said to him, ‘I am Almighty God, walk before me and be blameless and I will make my covenant between me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.’” His name was Abraham still. Abraham fell on his face and God talked with him, saying, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you and kings shall come from you.”
I love this because out of all the people in the Bible that God used to do great things and had great relationships with, He tells us that New Covenant believers are blessed believing Abraham. We as New Covenant believers are heirs and children of Abraham. The promises God made to Abraham, He made to us. We see the will of God is for us to bear fruit, not just any fruit, Jesus said a fruit that lasts. Here we go in Genesis 17 and finding out that God is saying, “I will make you exceedingly fruitful.” It’s not good enough that you bear fruit. You need to bear much fruit and that’s not good enough. God says, “You need to bear much fruit that lasts that no one can take from you.” I’m telling you with everything in me, the more I know God, the more I love God. He’s perfect. I can’t add to this. This is perfect. Let’s be honest.
We’re going to skip down to verse eight. It says, “Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land which you are a stranger and all the land of Canaan as your everlasting position and I will be their God.” That’s for us. You see Genesis 17:15 through 19. It says, “Then God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai, your wife, you shall call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her and also give you a son by her, then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of people shall be from her.” Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is 100 years old? If he even conceived that day, it’d be a child born to a man at 100. He was already 99 and it takes a while to have the child. It says, “Shall Sarah, who is 99 years old, bear a child.”
This is something God showed me when I was studying and He was preparing the message through me because religion tries to tell us that we can’t ask God questions or we can’t tell God how we honestly feel. You’re talking to God. If I was talking to you, God would hear it. It’s not like the one who created the ears is deaf. I might as well get this off of my chest with God because I know when I do that, He’s not going judge me. That’s how I feel. Religion will try to tell us don’t do things like that, but I love it like that. God told us we’re blessed with Abraham. God called Abraham his friend. Abraham didn’t understand and he even laughs like, “This can be real. This can’t be right. Did somebody give God something to drink? I’m going to be 100 and she’s 99, this doesn’t make no sense.”
I love that he’s frank and honest with God and they have this relationship. It is a good example for us and for us to know that we can ask God, “I don’t understand this. How can this be?” If you have read about Mary, the mother of Jesus in Luke 1, she did the same thing, she got a word from God. Instead of taking off and running with it, she’s like, “How can this be? You’re telling me I’m going to have a child. Not just any child, the Messiah. You know I’m not going to be leaving around. How can this be?” It’s good to have that open communication and relationship with God and never let the spirit of religion talk you out of asking God or telling God, “I don’t know how, God, because look at this that’s going on and look at what’s against me.” Be free to do that. God loves you and he wants to hear from you and he wants to answer you. You have a question, all wisdom is God and God can definitely give you the answer. He is the solution to every problem.
At verse eighteen, it says, “Abraham said to God, ‘Ishmael might live before you.” God said, “No. Sarah, your wife, shall bear you a son.” Not the son you already had, you felt like that was possible. Back to our key scripture, with God, all things are possible. With God, nothing shall be impossible. I’m talking about the child you’re going to have with Sarah, even though Sarah is barren, even though you both are in old age. It’s three times as much barrenness as normal circumstances. He says, “No. Sarah, your wife, shall bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him.”
In Genesis 18:10, let’s look at how God spoke to Sarah too. He came and he visited her and he said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life. Behold, Sarah, your wife, should have a son.” Sarah was listening in the tent door, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore, Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I’ve grown, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child since I’m old?’” Is anything too hard for the Lord? Look at God, I love how he’s focused, “At the appointed time, I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” That’s when God was still talking to Abraham but Sarah overheard it. She is being given this word, this promise from God.
Here we see in Genesis 21, and Abraham and Sarah knew what was up against them. They both were laughing, “This has to be a joke.” Both of them recognize the old age. On top of that, Sarah was barren. Sarah wasn’t always 99 years old. She and Abraham had been married for many years, but she’d never bore him with son because she was barren. God is saying, “You’re going to have the child.” She’d been barren without old age. You’ve got 99 years old on top of being barren, plus you’ve got a husband that’s 99 years old. It’s three times the odds are against them for doing something like bearing fruit, but like God said in that key verse, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”
With many odds stacked against them, it says in Genesis 21:1 through 3, “The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah, as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God has spoken to him and Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.” People of God, God is faithful to perform His word and God is all-powerful and it is His perfect will that any area of your life where you feel barren that God take you to bearing and not just bearing but bearing much fruit that lasts. We’ll pick up again next episode where we left off. God bless you and keep you and God divinely protect you, lead and guide you. May this word take root and bear much fruit that remains for the glory of God and you’re good. In Jesus’ name, I pray. I love you so much. I’ll talk to you soon.