Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Are You Ready????

OK, so the other week we had time to sit and go through what my quiet time looked like and what yours might look like.  I am trusting that you have had some time to maybe get yourself to the place where you have what you need and what is going to benefit you. 
We were having some Internet difficulty so I wasn't able to post like I had wanted to but the Lord has fixed that problem so we must pick back up and keep this going.  I was thinking on what and where we should go for today.  I figure the best place is the beginning.  This is a set of scripture that is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons.  If my memory serves me right, this is one of the first scriptures that I learned how to do this 3 question approach.  The night that I learned this, the words literally leaped off the page.  At the same time, there was a group of women there and to hear them reading the same scripture and receive something so different yet from the same scripture and what the Lord had to say to them......it was amazing!!!!!!

John 15:5-8.....I'll even be nice and type it out for you.....
vs 5- "I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
vs 6- If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
vs7- If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
vs 8- This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

What does the scripture say? (Remember this is not for your English Teacher!)
He=vine, I=branches
Remain in him and him in me=bearing much fruit
Do not remain=branch thrown away/withers/such is picked up and thrown in fire and burned
Remain in him-His words remain in me=ask whatever you wish=done for you.
To the Father's glory=bear much fruit-showing yourselves as his disciples

What does it mean?  (No English Teacher)
He is the vine and I am the branches.
Remain in Him and Him in me, I will bear fruit
Apart from Him, I can do NOTHING
Don't remain we are like a withered branch that is thrown into the fire and burned
Remain in Him and His word remains in me, I can ask for whatever and it will be done.
To His glory that I will bear much fruit showing myself as a disciple.

What does it mean to me? (THIS IS PERSONAL)
I am going to be really bold and write out what it says to me.  This maybe totally different for you.  It could be the same or just similar.  My challenge for you is for you to read over it and then turn off your computer, iPad, iPhone, or whatever you are reading from and just spend time with an index card writing or a spiral notebook/journal writing.  Really listen and just let Him use it to speak to you.
This is what I would write........
He is my vine and I am the branches- am I in the Vine?  am I connected?  Am I bearing fruit?  Is my fruit His product that is a sweet aroma to Him or is it something I have tried to create on my own that is stinky and smelly?  Am I remaining in Him and am I allowing Him to remain in me 100% or do I have a little 10% over here that I can take care of? 
Do I realize that without Him I can do NOTHING!!!!  If I do manage to do something, does it have eternal worth or will it be burned up as a wilted and withered branch? 
If I remain in Him and He in me, I can ask for whatever I wish and it will be done for me.  The key is that if we are connected and He is in me and I am in Him, what I want is what He wants.  What does He want of me?  That is more important that anything else.
My fruit that I bear because He is in me and I am in Him, will be to His glory and not to mine.  Because I bear such fruit, I will show myself as His disciple.  Am I producing fruit as His disciple?  If so, what is it?  Is it a sweet smelling aroma to Him?

This was a brutally honest post in the 3rd question.  I pray that those of you that are taking the time to read and apply will be just be completely and totally honest with the Lord.  I'm not asking to see your "homework" but the Lord will.  What did you get out of it?  Is He speaking to you?  He longs for that relationship with all of us.  What are you doing to grow that relationship?  I pray that this is a start.  For those of you that have been doing this for years, PLEASE KEEP GOING AND GROWING!!!!!!  Please let me know how this ministers to you!!!!!!!!!!!

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