Let me start off by apologizing if you received an email overload from the blog, it was completely unintentional. I am trying to work on publishing some old (or never published) blog posts. I have p-l-e-n-t-y to be published. When I started this morning, there were 400 “private” blog posts.
Now for today’s post…
Tonight, I was separating some fruit from its vine/branches. To avoid having to cut off more fruit, I tried to do something very symbolic. I tried to cut the vine. I never realized just how powerful vines were. I mean, this vine would not cut. It was very tough, that nothing would destroy it. Not my hands. Not an utensil.
The vine was very strong. It was not weak like its branches would have been. It is easier to try and pick the grapes than mess with the vine.
Isn’t that how God is? He is strong and nothing is ever to hard for Him.
The Power of the Vine
In our lives, things will arise. Things to try and disconnect us from our Vine.
… [Y]ou are clean because you have heard My voice. 4 Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me. – Jesus in John 15:2-4, Voice
See, God’s enemy (the devil) cannot break God. He is described as a “vine”. So he will go after the next best thing: the children of God. He will go after us. But here’s the thing:
The devil doesn’t have any real powerful weapons. In our human eyes, it may seem like he has a lot to work with… But in comparison to the God we know and enter into a relationship with through His Son Jesus Christ, the enemy doesn’t have tools that God cannot conquer.
The True Source
Remember today, the power of the Vine you are connected to. He is our power Source, for everything we face. He will give us strength and grace to endure, and rise up victorious – when we feel as though we have nothing to offer.
Stay in the Word of God
Stay in prayer
Stay in fellowship with the body of Christ – your spiritual family
I recently ‘discovered’ I can use YouVersion offline, and it is a tool I have had in my possession. But, I haven’t used it to its full potential. The Bible is described as a “better than a sword” in Hebrews.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Heb. 4:12, NIV).
How will you choose to deliberately connect to the Vine, in your time, energy, and emotions?
Listen: I know you may be feeling discouraged, defeated, or any number of emotions. But, they are not greater than God. You may be facing a bunch of different circumstances, which are poking at your heart. But, they are not greater than God.
We cannot expect to bear fruit if we are disconnected from the Father.
We can’t expect to stand, if we are disconnected from the Father. So, let’s resolve to accept God’s amazing grace right now, and invite Him into our lives now – as we seek Him from this moment on.
I invite you all to listen to this message by Dr. David Jeremiah, for more encouragement. The message is entitled, “Muscular Christianity”.