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Treasures From The Vine—The Branch Just Like The Vine!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Every branch in me that bears not fruit

He takes away. – John 15:2

There is the lesson of perfect conformity The branch is exactly like the vine in every aspect – the same nature, the same life, the same place, the same work.  In all this they are inseparably one.  And so the believer needs to know that he is partaker of the divine nature, that he has the very nature and spirit of Christ in him, and that his one calling is to yield himself to a perfect conformity to Christ.  The branch is a perfect likeness of the vine; the only difference is the one is great and strong, and the source of strength; the other little and feeble, ever needing and receiving strength.  Even so the believer is, and is to be, the perfect likeness of Christ.

There is the lesson of absolute dependence.  The vine has its stores of life and sap and strength not for itself, but for the branches.  The branches are and have nothing but what the vine provides and imparts.  The believer is called to, and it is his highest blessedness to enter upon, a life of entire and unceasing dependence upon Christ.  Day and night, every moment, Christ is to work in him all he needs.

And then there is the lesson of undoubting confidence.  The branch has no care; the vine provides all; it has but to yield itself and receive.  It is the sight of this truth that leads to the blessed rest of faith, the true secret of growth and strength:  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  What a life would come to us if we only consented to be branches!  Dear child of God, learn the lesson.  You have but one thing to do:  Only be a branch – nothing more, nothing less!  Just be a branch; Christ will be the Vine that gives all.  And the Husbandman, the mighty God, who made the Vine what it is, will as surely make the branch what it ought to be.

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Lord Jesus, I pray, reveal to me the heavenly mystery of the branch, in its living union with the Vine, in its claim on all its fullness.  And let Your all-sufficiency, holding and filling Your branches, lead me to the rest of faith that knows that You work all.

 

 

The Truth About Our Heavenly Father! A Powerful Message From Graham Maxwell-2b

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Speaking Well of God

 


I believe that the most important of all Christian beliefs is the one that brings joy and assurance to God’s friends everywhere — the truth about our Heavenly Father that was confirmed at such cost by the life and death of His Son.

God is not the kind of person His enemies have made Him out to be — arbitrary, unforgiving and severe. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” God is just as loving and trustworthy as His Son, just as willing to forgive and heal. Though infinite in majesty and power, our Creator is an equally gracious Person who values nothing higher than the freedom, dignity, and individuality of His intelligent creatures — that their love, their faith, their willingness to listen and obey may be freely given. He even prefers to regard us not as servants but as friends.

This is the truth revealed through all the books of Scripture. This is the everlasting Good News that wins the trust and admiration of God’s loyal children throughout the universe.

Like Abraham and Moses — the ones God spoke of as His trusted friends — God’s friends today want to speak well and truly of our Heavenly Father. We covet as the highest of all commendations the words of God about Job: “He has said of Me what is right.” Job 42:7,8

Jeremiah 31:3, John 17:23-24,26

Speaking Well of God

A. Graham Maxwell, born July 18, 1921 and passed to his rest November 28, 2010. Graham, as he liked to be called, was a husband, father, consummate gentleman, Bible scholar, expert in Biblical languages who wrote the SDA commentary on Romans and beloved teacher. He spent the majority of his life sharing  the truth about God, that God is just as Jesus revealed Him to be, with all who would listen. And because of his steadfast loyalty to revealing God’s character of love with such clarity, he came under constant attack from those who didn’t appreciate his view of God. The most common attack was in the form of spreading rumors about his teaching, claiming he taught things contrary to Scripture.

In 1996, after suffering from long standing misrepresentation regarding his beliefs and what he taught, Graham wrote a short paper entitled, “The Scourge of Theological Gossip.” As was typical for Graham he gently exposed the dangers of this insidious practice and directed us back to safe paths.

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

 

 

Heartiness VS Heartlessness Towards Others—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For April 1st

“It is Christ … who also maketh intercession for us.”

Romans 8:34,27

Do we need any more argument than this to become intercessors – that Christ “ever liveth to make intercession;” that the Holy Spirit “maketh intercession for the saints”? Are we living in such a vital relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercession as the Spirit-taught children of God? Begin with the circumstances we are in – our homes, our business, our country, the present crisis as it touches us and others – are these things crushing us? Are they badgering us out of the presence of God and leaving us no time for worship? Then let us call a halt, and get into such living relationship with God that our relationship to others may be maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels.

Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not worship God, we do not intercede. If once the burden and the pressure come upon us and we are not in the worshipping attitude, it will produce not only hardness toward God but despair in our own souls. God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.

Are we in the direct line of the intercession of our Lord and of the Holy Spirit?

Will You Go Out Without Knowing?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 2nd

“He went out, not knowing whither he went.”

Hebrews 11:8

Have you been “out” in this way? If so, there is no logical statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the difficulties in Christian work is this question – “What do you expect to do?” You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually revise your attitude towards God and see if it is a going out of everything, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder – you do not know what God is going to do next. Each morning you wake it is to be a “going out,” building in confidence on God. “Take no thought for your life,…nor yet for your body” – take no thought for the things for which you did take thought before you “went out.”

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?

Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him – what an impertinence worry is! Let the attitude of the life be a continual “going out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it which is a satisfaction to Jesus. You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God.

“No Condemnation”! A Brief Look At Romans 8:1-11

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I am involved with a Small Bible Study Group  studying the book of Romans. It is really a great spiritual experience for sure!

Many theologians believe that Romans chapter 8 is the very center piece of the New Testament and some further proclaim that it’s the center piece of the entire Bible. I do know it’s a wonderful chapter filled with Righteousness by Faith in Jesus alone!! Paul clearly states The way to Salvation in dynamic terms!

The following are Salvation markers that Paul succinctly makes in Romans 8:1-11. I would appreciate your opinions very much! Please leave those  comments at the end of this post. Thanks!!

Let’s start in  Romans 8:12 with “Therefore” which is a direct link to Romans 8:1-11. Apparently Paul wants us to comprehend these verses.  So why is that? Here is a brief look at that question.

1. The believers are no longer under condemnation. Romans 8:1

2. The believers have been set free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

3. The believers are no longer under sin’s dominion. Romans 8:2.

4. Jesus fulfills the righteous requirement of the law inside us  through the Spirit.                             Romans 8:3-4

5. The believers walk by the Spirit. Romans 8:4.

6. The believers set their minds on the Spirit. Romans 8:5.

7. The believers have life and peace through the Spirit. Romans 8:6.

8. God’s Spirit dwells inside the believers. Romans 8:9,11.

9. The believers spirits have been made alive. Romans 8:10.

10. The resurrection of the believers’ bodies is guaranteed. Romans 8:11.

So there you have it. The one concept that leaps at me is The Holy Spirit. Just how important is it that we are Baptized with The Holy Spirit?  Seems to me its everything, since it’s through The Holy Spirit, that we have  the very presence of Jesus dwelling inside us.  All we need to do is ask!! And when we do ask the promise of Jesus is Extremely Plain! He will freely give us The Spirit !!  Luke 11:9-13.

We will discuss more about The Baptism of The Holy Spirit in future postings.

Why not start a Small Bible Study Group of your own? You will be amazed how much it will help you draw closer to Jesus!! See Hebrews 10:22-25.

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