Sunday, July 1, 2007
How is a disciple of Jesus Christ supposed to grow spiritually?
Is the right Bible translation the answer?
How about good teaching?
Does a perfect environment promote growth?
Well, the correct answer is: a perfect environment.
But I'm not referring to a Christian community or full time ministry.
I'm speaking of being tapped into The Perfect One.
I am the Vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit;
Apart from Me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
We don't have to try and grow.
We don't have to try and be a branch.
We don't even have to try and be a better branch!
We can simply just BE a branch!
The Perfect One, the Perfect Vine does the growing!
He feeds us.
He digs around us.
He prunes us.
And yes He even fertilizes us!
We are able to sit in the sunshine of His indwelling presence and GROW!
We are then able to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness;
luscious, life giving fruit to feed the nations!
That my dear friends is the abundant LIFE!
That is the easy yoke that He told us about.
That is the yoke we've been looking for;
the yoke that we knew must exist
but has seemed so hard to find!
That is the mystery of mysteries revealed.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Christ in you and you in Him is your hope of growth.
Apart from Him, you can do nothing.
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul,
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll.
Pressed from foes, and a pressure from friends,
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.
Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things.
Pressed into living a life for the Lord,
Pressed into living a Christ -life out poured!
When we believe on Him, we can be filled with His Spirit.
When something is full, it can overflow!
Watch out! You might get wet!
I WANT to get wet! Do you?I want you to be so filled with God that when I'm hearing you speak and watching your life, I'll have the refreshing water of Life splash all over me!
Will you pray for me today?
Will you pray that I might be filled to overflowing with Him?
I'll pray for you too.
Ho! If you're thirsty- come to the water!
That's what He's given me!
I am filled with thoughts of His life this morning!
His written word is filled with words about life...
The Good Shepherd gave His life for me!
And because of that I have passed from death unto life!
I have life everlasting- that's eternal life!
I have rivers of life flowing out of me!
He is the Bread of life!
He came that I might have life and life more abundantly!
Because I follow Him, I have the light of life!
That means I can shine!
He has made known to me the ways of life!
Me!? Yes, me- and you!
I shall be saved by His life and reign in life!
I have the newness of life! (We’re not talkin’ old!)
I can hold forth the word of life and speak words of life!
And if you know Him, you can too.
Receive of His life today! There's NOTHING better than Him!
Wherefore comfort yourselves together
and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1Th 5:11)
The Father's desire is to see you built up and edified.
As I walk with the Lord and feel Him making me yield to Him,
I also feel Him wanting to build you up through me.
How can I let Him do that?
Is it through practice, skill or training?
Is there a class we can take to learn how to edify one another?
The only way we can edify one another is through knowing God and having the Holy Spirit of God within us!
His Spirit in you- Christ in you- is the hope of glory and it is our hope of edifying one another too.
It's part of being His temple and His body.
Does edification come through what I say?
Does edification come from what I do?
It all depends on what the Father is doing.
It's so good.
It's so simple.
He fills us.
We live life to the fullest.
He lives through us.
We become edified.
Be built up my brethren!
We are being built up together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit! (Eph. 2:22)