Luke 6:22,23 - “Blessed are you when men shall hate you…for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy for your reward is great in heaven…"
When persecution comes, when friends or family criticize you because you love Jesus, and aren’t afraid to say so, rejoice! Shout hallelujah and leap for joy!
Paul said,"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).”
Get caught up in producing fruit through advancing in God’s purpose for your life. Get caught up in the glorious hope that’s ahead. For that hope is enough to make anyone – under any circumstance – leap for joy!
Psalm 32:8 - “The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."
Sometimes you may look around and see that things have changed and that you need to move in another direction. While your vision is still the same, the provisions God is using to bring about that vision have changed.
And now, in order to continue moving in God’s purpose for your life, you will have to employ new tactics and venture on a new path. Change is not easy. Don’t allow your fear of moving and changing get in the way of your destiny.
This is where it is important to keep your eyes open and your heart open to advancing in the next step in God’s calling on your life.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them who are asleep, that you SORROW NOT, even as others who have no hope…Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again…”
We have seen grief and sorrow as such a natural part of life that we haven’t even questioned them – there are times when we actually want to feel sad and sorry for ourselves. But grief and sorrow are dangerous things.
The force behind these emotions are actually spirit beings sent by the devil himself to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus bore grief and sorrow (Isaiah 53) so we wouldn’t have to. If they come knocking on your door, remember they are not innocent emotions. They are deadly enemies that Jesus carried away at Calvary.
Don’t live as those who have no hope. You’re a believer. You know that Jesus Christ died for you and rose again – it gives you hope in every situation. Sorrow not!
John 15:4 - “Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.”
God created you to exalt and bring glory to His name. When you bear fruit, God is glorified. His name is exalted whenever you use the abilities He stored in you. From His storehouse of riches, God will supply all you can imagine, and more because He wants you to fulfill His purpose for your life.
So long as you live in the vine and submitted to the discipline of the Gardner, you will know God’s blessings and will bear abundant fruit that remains.
Your calling in Christ requires a relationship with its Source. God works hard to keep us hooked up with Him. He wants His glory to fill the earth through us.
Luke 10:22 - “All things have been committed to me by my Father."
As the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus. He is real – the living Word, effective, acting, speaking, thinking praying, singing. It is a wonderful life, the substance of the Word of God, which includes possibility, and opportunity, which confronts us, bringing us to a place undaunted.
Jesus has given us power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). All must be subject to His power. What should we do to "work the works of God?’ (John 6:28). "This is the work of God, that you believe” (verse 29).
We must remain in a strong, resolute resting on the authority of God’s Word, rejoicing in the manifestation of the life of God, through us, on behalf of the sick and perishing multitudes.
Matthew 8:19 - “Then a teacher of the law came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’”
Only a disciple experiences full potential. He seeks new revelations and understandings concerning Jesus’ life and who He calls His disciples to be. Don’t fall for the limitations of the world – the lies and deceptions of the lower nature.
Get connected to God’s purpose for your life. Then stay connected. God has chosen you to go and bear fruit – fruit that remains. Live in Christ and the Father will give you whatever you wish.
Refuse to live below your privileged sonship. Reach for the high calling of Christ for your life. Drink deep from the vine and let your life feed others.
2 Corinthians 4:6 - “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."
Let your heart take time to wait silently before God that He might reveal His glory. In such times of silent waiting before Him, God will place His thoughts in your heart so they become a great blessing to you and to others.
He will create within you desires and dispositions that will be as rays of His glory shining in you.
Put it to the test now. Offer yourself to Him in sincere humility, and believe that God, in His holy love, will make Himself known to you.
John 3:29,30 - “The bride belongs to the bridegroom….He must increase, but I must decrease.”
His life is manifested power overflowing. We must decrease if the life of God is to be manifested. there is not room for two kinds of life in one body. Death for life – that is the price to pay for the manifested power of God through us.
As we die to selfish desire, there comes a fellowship within, perfected cooperation, you ceasing, God increasing.
God in us is a living substance, a spiritual nature. You live by another life, the“faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20).
John 15:1 - “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” Jesus says, “I am the True Vine.”
By this statement He implies that there are vines or sources that are not genuine. The potential of the branches and the vine needs the attention of the Gardener. Cutting off the old leaves that stop the vine from producing its full potential, the Gardner starts to clean up the vine.
Are there some old leaves in your life that have been hanging around for five, ten or fifteen years? Do you need to quit a habit or two so your life more truly reflects your oneness with Christ? How many hours in a day are you losing to disobedience and rebellion?
Prune your life through discipline and obedience to God, who desires His purpose for your life to be maximized.
Isaiah 60:1 - “Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”
The people of the world don’t have spiritual discernment. they can only go by your physical appearance, behavior, and what happens to you. In other words, if they notice something different about you, it is because they see the evidence of God’s glory on your life – in your family and work life, health and finances.
When God’s glory rises upon you, your words carry weight, even if you are not eloquent. Mabe it is your hands. When you lay hands on the sick, they recover. Mabe it is your ability to give counsel that is spot-on, or your ability to speak into their future with a word of knowledge or word of wisdom from God.
When you see this happening, it is because the people of the world are drawn to the glory of the Lord that has risen upon you!
The rabble could not disturb Him; death could not corrupt Him; hell could not keep Him; and the grave could not contain Him!Gravitation could not restrain Him, and God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name above every name, and at His Name…Continue