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Deserter Or Disciple?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For December 29th

 

“From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.”

John 6:66

When God gives a vision by His Spirit through His word of what He wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of that vision, you will sink into servitude to a point of view which Our Lord never had. Disobedience in mind to the heavenly vision will make you a slave to points of view that are alien to Jesus Christ. Do not look at someone else and say – Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why cannot I? You have to walk in the light of the vision that has been given to you and not compare yourself with others or judge them, that is between them and God. When you find that a point of view in which you have been delighting clashes with the heavenly vision and you debate, certain things will begin to develop in you – a sense of property and a sense of personal right, things of which Jesus Christ made nothing. He was always against these things as being the root of everything alien to Himself. “A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things that he possesseth.” If we do not recognize this, it is because we are ignoring the undercurrent of Our Lord’s teaching.

We are apt to lie back and bask in the memory of the wonderful experience we have had. If there is one standard in the New Testament revealed by the light of God and you do not come up to it, and do not feel inclined to come up to it, that is the beginning of backsliding, because it means your conscience does not answer to the truth. You can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you for going on as a more true disciple of Jesus Christ or for going back as a deserter.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Treasures From The Vine—Jesus Alone Is 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

 

I am the vine, ye are the branches. – John 15:5

How much weary labor there has been in striving to understand what abiding is, how much fruitless effort in trying to attain it!  Why was this?  Because the attention was turned to the abiding as a work we have to do, instead of to the living Christ, in whom we were to be kept abiding, who Himself was to hold and keep us.  We thought of abiding as a continual strain and effort – we forget that it means rest from effort to one who has found the place of his abode.  Notice how Christ said, “Abide in Me; I am the Vine that brings forth, and holds, and strengthens, and makes fruitful the branches.  Abide in Me, rest in Me, and let Me do My work.  I am the true Vine.  All I am, and speak, and do is divine truth, giving the actual reality of what is said.  I am the Vine.  Only consent and yield your all to Me, and I will do all in you.”

And so it sometimes comes that souls who have never been especially occupied with the thought of abiding are abiding all the time, because they are occupied with Christ.  Not that the word abide is not needful; Christ used it so often because it is the very key to the Christian life.  But He would have us understand it in its true sense – “Come out of every other place, and every other trust and occupation, come out of self with its reasonings and efforts, come and rest in what I shall do.  Live out of yourself; abide in Me.  Know that you are in Me; you need no more; remain there in me.”

I am the Vine. – Christ did not keep this mystery hidden from His disciples.  He revealed it, first in words here, then in power when the Holy Spirit came down.  He will reveal it to us too, first in the thoughts and confessions and desires these words awaken, then in power by the Spirit.  Do let us wait on Him to show us all the heavenly meaning of the mystery.  Each day, in our quiet time, in the inner chamber with Him and His Word, our chief thought and aim should be to get the heart fixed on Him.  We can have the assurance:  All that a vine ever can do for its branches, my Lord Jesus will do, is doing, for me.  Give Him time, give Him your ear, that He may whisper and explain the divine secret: “I am the vine.”

Above all, remember, Christ is the Vine of God’s planting, and you are a branch of God’s graftingStand always before God, in Christ – waiting for all grace from God, in Christ, yielding yourself to bear the more fruit the Husbandman asks, in Christ.  And pray much for the revelation of the mystery that all the love and power of God that rested on Christ is working in you too.  “I am God’s Vine,” Jesus says; “all I am I have from Him; all I am is for you; God will work it in you.”

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I am the vine.  Blessed Lord, speak that word into my soul.  Then shall I know that all Your fullness is for me and that I can count upon You to stream it into me.  My abiding is so easy and so sure when I forget and lose myself in the adoring faith that the Vine holds the branch and supplies its every need.

 

Treasures From The Vine—The Living Lord!

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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

 

I am the true vine. – John 15:1

I am the true vine. – The Vine is the living Lord, who Himself speaks, and gives, and works all that He has for us.  If you would know the meaning and power of that word, do not think to find it by thought or study; these may help to show you what you must get from Him to awaken desire and hope and prayer, but they cannot show you the Vine.  Jesus alone can reveal Himself.  He gives His Holy Spirit to open the eyes to gaze upon Himself, to open the heart to receive Himself.  He must Himself speak the word to you and me.

I am the true vine. – And what are you to do, if you want the mystery, in all its heavenly beauty and blessing, opened up to you?  With what you already know of the parable, bow down and be still, worship and wait, until the divine Word enters your heart and you feel His holy presence with you and in you.  The overshadowing of His holy love will give you the perfect calm and rest of knowing that the Vine will do all.

I am the true vine. – He who speaks is God, in His infinite power able to enter into us.  He is man, one with us.  He is the crucified One, who won a perfect righteousness and a divine life for us through His death.  He is the glorified One, who from the throne gives His Spirit to make His presence real and true.  He speaks – oh, listen, not to His words only, but to Himself, as He whispers secretly day by day:  “I am the true Vine!  All that the Vine can ever be to its branch, I will be to you.”

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Holy Lord Jesus, the heavenly Vine of God’s own planting, I beseech You, reveal Yourself to my soul.  Let the Holy Spirit, not only in thought, but in experience, give me to know all that You, the Son of God, are to me as the true Vine.

 

Treasures From The Vine—Abide In Jesus Alone!

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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

 

Many believers pray and long very earnestly for the filling of the Spirit and the indwelling of Christ, and they wonder that they do not make more progress.  The reason is often this: the “I in you” cannot come because the “abide in me” is not maintained.  “There is one body, and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4); before the Spirit can fill, there must be a body prepared.  The graft must have grown into the stem and be abiding in it before the sap can flow through to bring forth fruit.  It is as we follow Christ in lowly obedience, even in external things, denying ourselves, forsaking the world, and even in the body seeking to be conformable to Him, as we thus seek to abide in Him, that we shall be able to receive and enjoy the “I in you.”  The work enjoined on us:  “Abide in me,” will prepare us for the work undertaken by Him: “I in you.”

In.—The two parts of the injunction have their unity in that central deep-meaning word in.  There is no deeper word in Scripture.  God is in all.  God dwells in Christ.  Christ lives in God.  We are in Christ.  Christ is in us: our life taken up into His; His life received into ours; in a divine reality that words cannot express, we are in Him and He in us.  And the words, “Abide in me, and I in you,” tell us to believe in this divine mystery, and to count upon our God the Husbandman, and Christ the Vine, to make it divinely true.  No thinking or teaching or praying can grasp it; it is a divine mystery of love.  As little as we can affect the union can we understand it.  Let us just look upon this infinite, divine, omnipotent Vine loving us, holding us, working in us.  Let us in the faith of His working abide and rest in Him, ever turning heart and hope to Him alone.  And let us count upon Him to fulfill in us the mystery: “You in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

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Blessed Lord, You bid me abide in You.  How can I, Lord, unless You show Yourself to me, waiting to receive and welcome and keep me?  I pray You will show me how You as Vine undertake to do all.  To be occupied with You is to abide in You.  Here I am, Lord, a branch, cleansed and abiding – resting in You, and awaiting the inflow of Your life and grace.

Christ Gives the Victory

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Until the Christian comes to understand and experience what it means to let Christ give him His victory, he will not experience the consistently obedient life he desires.  In today’s devotional I will present how to let Christ live out His victorious life in you.  When you come to understand and experience this truth, your Christian life will never again be the same.  Instead of a life of sporadic obedience and broken promises to God, you will, in time, experience a life of victory through Christ over every temptation and sin that Satan brings your way.

 

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible?  Can we truly have victory over every temptation and sin in our life?  That is the kind of life God calls us to live in Romans 6:6,6:11-14.

 

“He who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God” (Manuscript 161, 1897, p. 9).

 

So what is the answer to how we can live a consistently victorious Christian life?  The answer is to let Jesus live out His life of victory in us, a truth taught throughout the Bible (Ps. 16:8; Isa. 26:3, 4; John 15:4, 5).  These passages, and others, point to our dependence on Jesus and His guiding light in our lives.

 

Christ’s mind was filled with pure, holy, virtuous thoughts.  If we have asked Christ to live in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, if we believe He does, and if we believe He will manifest His love – His pure, holy, virtuous thoughts in our minds – He will do just that.  It is a matter of faith – believing He will truly manifest Himself in our lives.  Paul recognized this fact when he wrote Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:16,17.

 

Believe Jesus will help you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific. This happens as you daily receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18 and 1 John 3:24).

 

With Jesus living in you, you have His mind:

 

“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’  But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

 

We have His love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 

Through Jesus living in us via the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have His likes and dislikes, His pure thoughts, His forgiveness – the list could go on and on.  Every virtue of Christ is in you through Christ abiding in you.

 

How is the Christian to apply this truth?  Simply put, the steps are these.  When you become aware of a temptation to sin:

 

  1.  Choose to turn your mind immediately away from the temptation:  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
  2. Believe that the power of your sinful nature’s attraction to the temptation to control you is broken.
  3. Believe Jesus is in you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific.
  4. Believe that He will manifest Himself in that manner, rest in that belief, and don’t fight the temptation.  When we fight the temptation we are actually focusing on it and trying to resist it in our own strength rather than looking to Jesus for the victory:  “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1, 2).
  5. Thank Him for the deliverance He has just given you.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasures From The Vine—I Am 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

 

I am the vine, ye are the branches. – John 15:5

In the previous verse Christ said: “Abide in me.”  He then announced the great unalterable law of all branch life, on earth or in heaven:  The branch cannot bear fruit “of itself”; “except it abide.”  In the opening words of the parable, He has already said, “I am the vine.”  He now repeats the words.  He would have us understand – note well the lesson (as simple as it appears, it is the key of the abiding life) – that the only way to obey the command “Abide in me” is to have eye and heart fixed upon Himself.  “Abide in me . . . I am the vine.”  Yes, study this holy mystery until you see Christ as the true Vine – bearing, strengthening, supplying, inspiring all His branches, being and doing in each branch all it needs – and the abiding will come of  itself.  Yes, gaze upon Him as the true Vine until you feel what a heavenly mystery it is and are compelled to ask the Father to reveal it to you by His Holy Spirit.

He to whom God reveals the glory of the true Vine, he who sees what Jesus is and waits to do His will every moment, he cannot but abide.  The vision of Christ is an irresistible attraction; it draws and holds us like a magnet.  Listen ever to the living Christ still speaking to you and waiting to show you the meaning and power of His word: “I am the vine.”

 

 

What If I Have Grieved The Holy Spirit–What Next?

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I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

 

 

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There are things we can do that will grieve the Spirit.  If we do not daily seek Him and cooperate in following where He leads us, our Christian experience will weaken.

God doesn’t force.  When we receive the baptism of the Spirit, He will have a greater impact in our life.  We will feel His prompting more strongly.  He will be daily putting the desire in our heart to obey God.  He will call us to study God’s Word and to pray more.  The Spirit will cause us to begin loving righteousness and hating sin.  However, we are always free to disregard His prompting.  When we do this we begin the process of “grieving,” or “quenching,” the Spirit.  Paul gives practical advice in many portions of Scripture on how to avoid doing this.  These practical counsels to the believer on living the Christian life are intended to help us maintain the fullness of the Spirit in our lives.  Two examples of such counsel are found in the following Bible verses:

“And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.  Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.  ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:24-32).

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:14-19).

Paul knew that the Spirit of God dwelling in believers would be prompting them to do the things listed in these verses.  If we refuse to yield to His prompting, though, we will be in danger of grieving and quenching the Spirit.

If you find that you have grieved the Spirit, don’t become discouraged!  Ask God to forgive you, and He will (1 John 1:9).  Then ask God in faith to fill you anew with His Spirit, and He will do that, too (Luke 11:13).

David knew God’s mercy.  He had committed the sins of adultery and murder.  He had walked away from the prompting of God’s Spirit in his life when he committed these terrible acts.  Yet when he was convicted of his sin by the Spirit, he turned to God in prayer.  Note especially these words:

“Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit” (Ps. 51:9-12).

When we find that we’ve been slipping away from God we must not let another moment go by without confessing our sin, accepting God’s forgiveness, and claiming the promise of the renewing of the Spirit in our lives just as David did.  Then we will be strengthened once again in the “inner” man to be victorious over Satan:

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19).

We serve a wonderful God.  When we have failed Him, let us remember:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Ps. 103:8-13).

Treasures From The Vine—The Cleansing

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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

 

And every branch that bears fruit, he purges it,

That it may bring forth more fruit. – John 15:2

There are two remarkable things about the vine.  There is not a plant of which spirit can be so abundantly distilled as the vine.  And there is not a plant that so soon runs into wild wood, that hinders its fruit, and therefore needs the most merciless pruning.  I look out of my window on large vineyards.  The chief care of the vinedresser is the pruning.  You may have a trellis vine rooting so deep in good soil that it needs neither digging, nor manuring, nor watering, but pruning it cannot dispense with, if it is to bear good fruit.  Some trees need occasional pruning; others bear perfect fruit without any; the vine must have it.

And so our Lord tells us here at the very outset of the parable that the one work the Father does to the branch that bears fruit is He prunes it that it may bear more fruit.

Consider a moment what this pruning or cleansing is.  It is not the removal of weeds or thorns or anything from outside that may hinder the growth.  No; it is the cutting off of the long shoots of the previous year, the removal of something that comes from within, that has been produced by the life of the vine itself.  It is the removal of something that is a proof of the vigor of its life.  The more vigorous the growth has been, the greater the need for the pruning.  It is the honest, healthy wood of the vine that has to be cut away.  And why?  Because it would consume too much of the sap to fill all the long shoots of last year’s growth:  The sap must be saved up and used for fruit alone.

 

God’s Commandments and Abiding in Christ

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For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.   Romans 8:3-4

 

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Obedience to God’s commandments and abiding in Christ go hand-in-hand.  You cannot have one without the other.  Jesus said:

 

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  John 15:10

 

When we abide in Christ and He abides in us the Ten Commandments will become an integral part of our life.  Jesus and God’s law are inseparable.  In fact it was Jesus before His incarnation Who gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  The God who gave the commandments revealed Himself to Moses as the “I AM”, (Exodus 3:14).  Jesus claimed to be the “I AM” of the Old Testament, (John 8:58).  Comparing 1Corinthians 10:1-4 and Nehemiah 9:12-14, it is very clear that it was Jesus who came down in the cloud on Mt. Sinai and met with Moses.

The Holy Spirit was also very much involved when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. In fact, it was the Spirit Who wrote the commandments on the tables of stone. This becomes clear when we compare Jesus’ statements where He equated the “finger of God” with the “Spirit of God” (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20).  Hence, the same Holy Spirit Who wrote the Ten Commandments on tables of stone will today write God’s law on the heart of God’s Spirit filled children (2Corinthians 3:3).  This is God’s new covenant promise to the believer (Hebrews 8:10).

 

Jesus Magnified the Law

 

Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would magnify the law, (Isaiah 42:21).  Jesus lived the law of God out in His life.  He clearly stated His purpose was to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law, not destroy or do away with it, (Matthew 5:17).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus magnified many aspects of God’s law.  He clarified the requirements of the commandments by revealing their deeper applications.  For example, He equated lustful thoughts with the commandment not to commit adultery and revengeful anger with the commandment not to kill Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28).

 

Christ Lives out Love

 

When Christ lives in us He will seek to live out His life in and through us.   This means that He will seek to live out the Ten Commandments in our life just as He did when He walked this earth (Psalm 40:8).

Also, the Ten Commandments are in-separately connected to love.  The first four reveal to us how we love God, and the last six tell us how we are to love our fellow man.  Hence, Christ abiding in us, the Ten Commandments, and intimately knowing Jesus are all closely related.  You cannot have one without the others.  John wrote of this close connection in his first letter.

 

“And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1John 2:3-6

 

John clearly links intimately knowing Jesus, the Ten Commandments, love and abiding in him.  He says that if we are abiding in Christ we will be “walking” or living as He lived.  Why, because Jesus will be living out His life in us.

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians the purpose of our calling in Christ.

 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

 

If we resist Jesus seeking to live out the Ten Commandments in our life we are not abiding in Him, and failing to fulfill the purpose of our calling; to do “good works.”  These works are works of faith, which happen by allowing Jesus to manifest them in and through us.  When we are experiencing the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” we are becoming free from the “law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).  When we “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” the “righteousness of the law” will be “fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:4).  Obedience to God’s law will be revealed throughout our life in thought, word and deed.  Our love for God and our fellow man will grow stronger and stronger, and “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).  Ellen White describes this in the following statement.

 

“Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’ (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.” Desire of Ages, p. 641

 

The Bible tells us that God is love, and who ever does not love does not know God (1John 4:8).  Here we learn that love is central to everything in the Christian’s life.  Why; because if God is truly abiding in the Christian love will be present.  Love will permeate every aspect of his life; his thoughts, words and deeds.  This happens only as the believer is daily filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18, Romans 5:5). When the Holy Spirit is present the fruit of the Spirit will be present (Galatians 5:22-23).  The first fruit listed is love.  The other fruit will be present to the degree love is present.  The more of the love of God the Christian has in his heart the more joy, peace, faith, etc he will have.

When we are abiding in Christ and He is abiding in us He will manifest His love, His joy, His peace (John 15:11; 14:27).  Knowing this truth it becomes clear how futile it is to try to lovingly obey God by our own efforts.  Only as Jesus is literally living in us, and manifesting His love in and through us will true loving obedience take place in our life.

Obeying the Ten Commandments is central to God’s love being manifested in and through us.  When Jesus walked this earth he obeyed God’s Ten Commandments perfectly.  When He lives in the Christian He will seek to manifest obedience to God’s commandments in the believer’s life.  That is why Jesus said:

 

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;..” John 15:10

Treasures From The Vine—Mystery Of The True 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

 

I am the true vine. – John 15:1

All earthly things are the shadows of heavenly realities – the expression, in created, visible forms, of the invisible glory of God.  The life and the truth are in heaven; on earth we have figures and shadows of the heavenly truths.  When Jesus says: “I am the true vine,” He tells us that all the vines of earth are pictures and emblems of Himself.  He is the divine reality, of which they are the created expression.  They all point to Him, and preach Him, and reveal Him.  If you would know Jesus, study the vine.

How many eyes have gazed on and admired a great vine with its beautiful fruit?  Come and gaze on the heavenly Vine till your eye turns from all else to admire Him.  How many, in a sunny climate, sit and rest under the shadow of a vine?  Come and be still under the shadow of the true Vine, and rest under it from the heat of the day.  What countless numbers rejoice in the fruit of the vine!  Come, and take, and eat of the heavenly fruit of the true Vine, and let your soul say: “I sat under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.”

I am the true vine. – This is a heavenly mystery.  The earthly vine can teach you much about this Vine of heaven.  Many interesting and beautiful points of comparison suggest themselves and help us to get conceptions of what Christ meant.  But such thoughts do not teach us to know what the heavenly Vine really is, in its cooling shade and its life-giving fruit.  The experience of this is part of the hidden mystery, which none but Jesus Himself, by His Holy Spirit, can unfold and  impart.

 

 

God’s Care

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  Eileen Becker Loving Mother and Best Friend—My Fabulous Mother-in Law

 

 

 

Recently Jerry Becker was talking to his mom Eileen. During the course of their conversation Eileen mentioned that she was very tired.  Concerned for his mom, Jerry simply asked: why are you so tired mom? Well she replied, I just baked about 12 angel food cakes. Now Eileen is a wonderful baker and fabulous cook. Folks would do most anything to get a hold of one those angel food cakes—Especially the chocolate! (My favorite) She can make anything taste sooo good!! Back to those 12 angel food cakes. “Mom what are doing with all those angel food cakes Jerry asked?” “Oh I am just making them for the old people! “Eileen responded. It just so happens that Eileen just turned 95. Apparently that’s still young!! Wow what a positive attitude and what a ministry!! We just recently celebrated her birthday. It was an awesome spiritual experience to say the least!

Eileen has always ministered to others and loves people!! She is an absolutely awesome person whom I love very much!  Eileen is my precious mother-in law who treats me as though I was her natural born son!

Eileen penned the poem that follows. It certainly reveals the depth of her relationship with Jesus! She loves Jesus and her family with all of her heart!!

Enjoy!!

 

GOD’S CARE

 

I WAS WALKING DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE

NOT LOOKING EITHER WAY,

NOT GLANCING UP TO SEE THE THINGS

THAT GOD HAD MADE THAT DAY.

I COULDN’T SEE GOD’S FACE,

NOR SEE QUITE CLEARLY AS I WALKED

HOW HE SAVED ME BY HIS GRACE.

I STRUGGLED WITH EACH PASSING DAY

TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET,

WHEN LOW, I HEARD A MELLOW VOICE,

“COME SIT HERE AT MY FEET.”

I PAUSED A MOMENT LOOKING ROUND

TO SEE WHO SPOKE TO ME,

WHEN ON MY PATH A PICTURE CAME OF JESUS FACE I SEE.

IT LOOKED AS THO HE REALLY SPOKE

HIS COUNTENANCE QUITE SERENE,

THOSE LOVELING EYES LOOKED DOWN ON ME,

SENDING MESSAGES OF HOPE SUPREME.

I GAZED UPON THAT LOVELY FACE,

AND SAW THROUGH YEARS OF TIME.

HOW HE DIED ON THE CROSS

TO SAVE US FROM SIN,

AND PREPARE A HOME ABOVE, WHICH IS YOURS AND MINE.

I SAT THERE FOR HOURS, IT SEEMED AT LEAST,

ENJOYING THE CLOSENESS OF CHRIST,

ABSORBING HIS STRENGTH AND CALMNESS WITHIN

AND MOST OF ALL HIS GLORY AND GRACE.

I SAW THINGS DIFFERENTLY AS I WALKED ALONG

EACH DAY IS GOD’S GIVEN TIME,

PRAISE GOD! FOR THE WONDERFUL CARE HE GIVES,

AND THE RICHNESS OF GLORY SUBLIME.

BY EILEEN BECKER

How is your relationship with Jesus? Simply trust and Love Jesus with your whole heart.

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16-17

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:26

And always remember that God loves you just like He love His Son Jesus!!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23

 God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!