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Fruit in Heaven

Exciting news! The tenth book in the ‘… in Heaven’ series is now available from Amazon is both eBook and paperback formats!

For those not familiar with the series … Each book is meant to help cultivate and encourage personal meditation and contemplation. In other words, each are tremendously helpful in learning about and experiencing Jesus Christ.

This latest book from author Jon Clendenin contains fresh revelation and experiences in the heavenly realm that teach and inspire on the topic of cultivating spirit fruit and ultimately the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Check it out!


Gentleness and Speaking in Tongues

From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

The key to the gift of speaking in tongues is a gentle spirit that is willing to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. If the gift of prophecy comes from being bold as lion, the gift of speaking in tongues comes from being gentle as a lamb. God wants us to be both. God wants us to get to the point where we quickly respond to gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. For it is in the following of gentle promptings that an abundant joyful life comes.

During a recent time of worship at a Christian conference, God gave me a vision of the gift of speaking in tongues. And I looked and the Lord showed me the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing through the landscape of heaven. I could see and feel the weight and power of the wind. The wind had substance. It had the ability to move mountains. The Lord then showed me that the wind was being driven by the gift of speaking in tongues. The gift has the ability to move mountains in the spirit.

When the Lord Jesus taught that “if you had faith as a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20), He was referring to the reality of the gift of speaking in tongues. The truth of God is true on different levels. Though I do believe that mountains can move in the physical, I also believe that Jesus was speaking of a needed spiritual reality available daily to believers. Mountains in the natural are not our daily problem. Spiritual mountains are the real problems. We routinely put barriers and obstacles in the way of our spiritual journey. They’re hindering our walk with the Lord. In some cases, they have stopped the journey all together. If your spiritual walk feels ‘stuck in one place’, the answer is the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues.

There are tongues and voices to be used in your daily prayers. For example, voices of rejoicing, of sorrow, of laughter, of pleading and of repentance should all be a part of your daily prayers. The normal speaking of tongues is available for the daily need to express words and thoughts that go beyond the limitations of natural language. There are emotions that go beyond words that need to be expressed to God. Such tongues have great impact in the realm of the spirit. They move the heart of God. I used the phrase ‘normal speaking of tongues’, because these are different than the gift of speaking in tongues. The gift of speaking in tongues is imparted to speak to a specific situation. Normal speaking of tongues are private. The gift of speaking in tongues is public. It is the public declaration of the will of God to move and to change the spiritual landscape of a group, a church, a geographic area or even am entire nation. If private gift of tongues is the ability to speak to God from the heart, the public gift of tongues is the heart of God being declared to His people.

As I mentioned, it was during a recent time of worship at a Christian conference that God gave me this vision of the public gift of speaking in tongues. During the singing, I could feel the power of the wind of the spirit. I knew that God was moving. (And yes, during the singing I was feverishly typing on my iPad. Forgive me. I’m a writer.) At the end of the worship time, as the music had quieted (and yes, I had put away my writing), The public gift of speaking in tongues was suddenly heard. It was the Lord declaring His intention to create ‘a beachhead’ upon the spiritually dry geographic area in which I live. It has been my cry and the cry of many other Christians in the area for such to happen. And so, the declaration was of great comfort. Yes, Jesus! Come and change the landscape! Blow Holy Spirit! Move the mountains that hindering the advancement of Your kingdom!

The Fruit of Self-Control

From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

Would it surprise you to know that the key to operating in spiritual gifts is the fruit of self-control? Many see Charismatic (those who operate in spiritual gifts) Christians as being out-of-control. In 1 Corinthians chapter 14, Paul begins with the exhortation to (verse 1) “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy”. Yet, near the end of the chapter, Paul concludes with the fact that “the spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (verse 32). His point being, the key to being prophetic (or exercising any spiritual gift) is learning to recognize when your thoughts (or feelings) have originated from God and when they are from your self. And, when those thoughts are from God, you have the self-control to not mix your own words and thoughts into the delivery/translation of God’s words and thoughts.

How can you distinguish between the two? The more you spend time in the spirit, silencing your own thoughts, the more you can develop hearing the voice of God. In such times, you will start seeing what He sees, feeling what He feels, being touched by what touches Him. The more time you spend in silence with God, the more you can easily distinguish between God’s thoughts and words and your own. It’s that simple. And, it is available to all Christians. Do you want to be able to spot the counterfeit? Then spend time with the genuine.

The reason charismatic Christians get excited is that they are experiencing God, the ultimate ‘non-yourself’, the ultimate ‘other’ in your life. It is a lie from Satan that Charismatics have no self-control. In fact, the opposite is true. It is only because they can control self that allows God to operate unhindered in their lives.

The key to operating in spiritual gifts is learning to recognize God’s voice/thoughts and your own voice/thoughts and then learning to control-self so that your self does not hinder the voice and work of God. Those Christians who have not learned this distinction and discipline have fallen into the trap of a life without self-control.

Faithfulness – Vision

From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

Proverbs 29:18 : Where there is no vision, the people perish. (KJV)

To fully develop the fruit of faithfulness in your life, you must also develop your spiritual vision. In an organization, without a sense of common purpose, objectives and goals their members will flounder. In the body of Christ, without a vision of heaven and of the spiritual realm, church will lose direction and purpose.

1 Corinthians 15:29: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

I find it interesting that the Apostle Paul, a man who faced daily trails (2 Corinthians 11:28), assumed that Christians possessed faith/hope for today but just needed to be reminded (through his letters) of our eternal hope. For, what I find in many modern Christians is the opposite. There is a common hope/belief in a heavenly future and yet very little belief in the need for faithfulness in the small daily things which are the stuff of life.

“I’m a Christian. So, I believe I’m going to heaven when I die. But, today I’m too busy with work and family obligations to think about God.”

When you spend time developing your spiritual senses, you begin to live your life from a spiritual point-of-view. Your priorities will change. What you spend your time and money on will change. Your attitude towards your daily activities will change. You will begin to be faithful to the little things that are important to God, for you will begin to see them as He see them. You will develop the fruit of faithfulness in your life.


From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me — A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)

Once you start viewing the world around you through the prism of God’s lovingkindness, through the certainty that God is for you, not against you, then your attitude concerning everything in your life will change. Blaming and accusing God and others over things that (at first glance) annoy and frustrate will stop. All things in your life are in your life because of the loving kindness of the Lord. Yes, even things that frustrate. They are there to work in virtue and to work out self.

I meet so many Christians who question God’s hand in their lives. They believe either 1. God is against them or 2. God is not daily concerned or involved in the events and circumstances of life. What they are saying is that they really don’t believe in the kindness or sovereignty of God. In the natural, we will always view our lives from the viewpoint of temporary convenience and not eternal glory.

The source of all kindness is God. We desperately need to see and to recognize the kindness of God that is all around us. We need to be overwhelmed by seeing the kindness of God so that we ourselves begin to exhibit that same kindness to others. It should be the hallmark of our lives to be kind to everyone around us; to the loving and unloving, to the just and unjust, to the kind and unkind. For in this way, we will visibly display the Spirit of God that is within us. The Lord ‘redeems my life from destruction’ and ‘crowns me with lovingkindness’ (Psalm 103:4). In heaven, the crowns we will cast at the feet of Jesus (Revelation 4:1) will not be crowns symbolizing our accomplishments, but ones that visibly declare for all eternity the kindness that God has shown to us.


From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

Mark 10:18: So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.”

Only God is good. And yet, in the creation story in Genesis chapter 1, after each day, God would look upon what He had just created and declare that ‘it was good’. Creation was/is good because it reflects its creator. And so, to be a ‘good person’ means to exhibit one/more internal attributes of creator God.

The Luke 10 passage quoted above, is in response to the ‘rich young ruler’ asking Jesus “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”. In other words, “How do I become a ‘good person’”? Here is Jesus’ full answer (Mark 10:18-22):

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Jesus’ ultimate answer: “One thing you lack…” you need to learn to be heavenly minded. Jesus later explains why some must give up all their worldly possessions, stating “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, the danger of worldly possessions is in the fact that they can/will consume your heart, mind and imagination. The possessions themselves are not evil. The fact that they now consume your thought life is the problem.


From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …

I wanted the Lord to give me a new revelation regarding gentleness. What actually was gentleness? What did it look like? So, for weeks each morning I would go before the Lord with the same question. “Show me gentleness!” Every morning there was silence. No word. No vision. No new revelation. And so, this morning I gave up trying. This morning, I simply went before the Lord in silence, waiting to see what the Lord would speak. I then heard His voice declare: “That’s gentleness!”.

If we are to hear the Lord speak, we must enter His presence with our mouths shut and our minds quiet. We must allow the Lord to speak first, to choose the topic of conversation.

Recently, my wife and I had a conversation with dear friends about this very topic. Many people believe (or have experienced) that there are seasons / periods in your life when God is silent. I don’t believe this to be true. If we are expected to live ‘by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Deuteronomy 8:3), then our bread must be daily.

These last few weeks of seeking God on the topic of gentleness have once again brought home a lesson I seem to re-learn periodically. Namely, I must first cultivate gentleness. I must first lay down my own agenda and seek first the Lord’s agenda for my life. For the Lord speaks on His own terms, not mine. And why is this true? It is because He knows what the true conversation needs to be today, I don’t. My ideas and topics may be good. His are great. I daily want to solve the urgent. He wants to impart the important. I daily want the mountain top. He wants to savor today’s next step along the upward path.