Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have you asked for more?

"[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]." Philippians 3:10 Amplified

How many of us have asked for more of Him?

How many have prayed the prayer of Jabez?

"Oh that you would bless me And enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." 1Chronicles 4:10

One major prerequisite to our prayers is that our requests line up with God's will.

When we are saturated by His Word then His desires will be ours, which in turn will become the prayers of our heart.

"If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
John 15:7

But I wonder...how many of us have asked God to use us for opportunities to share the gospel to others? To be able to see the fruit of changed lives?

To draw others to Him through Bible Study or Sunday Class?

Or even give us one person to share His love with today, or on a daily basis?

How many ask the Potter to shape and mold us as He sees fit- to bring Him glory??

We each could have our own revival- a revival of more of Jesus!

The more of Jesus is only found when we personally connect to the Vine, abiding consistently and is cultivated by the Gardner, and communicated through prayer.

Our relationship to Christ is unlike anything else in the human realm. It can be described only by comparing it to relationships we are familiar with.

It is like a deep friendship.

It is like two people in love with each other, or like the love and respect shared by a father and son.

The vine-and-branches is filled with parallels to our relationship with Christ.

A branch grows through its connection with the vine, and we grow because of our relationship with Christ.

A branch is nothing apart from the vine, and we can do nothing apart from Him.

A branch draws strength from the vine, and we become strong through Him.

The branches that abide in the true Vine represent those who are truly saved.

The others are not properly connected to the Vine.

You have seen shrubs that have weeds growing in them.

The weeds are intertwined with the branches of the shrubs and appear to be part of the same plant, but in reality they are attached to a different root.

They are like people who have only a superficial relation to Christ.

Unfortunately, some people pretend to be Christians but have no real connection to Christ.

They might regularly go to church or be involved in a Bible study.

They might even talk about having a relationship with Jesus, but they aren't genuine branches in the Vine.

Only the person who abides in the true Vine can claim the promise of the constant presence of God.

Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you." That means if we truly abide in Him, He will truly abide in us.

So you want more of Him?

Are you abiding in Him?

A Christian can abide only by being firmly grounded in Jesus.

If a branch is to abide, it cannot be even half an inch away--it must be connected.

Those who are saved are those who are abiding, and those who are not abiding are not saved.

 So many people come to church thinking that God is with them just because they sit in the pew, but being in a church doesn't mean the Lord is with you.

He doesn't live inside a church; He lives in His disciples.

A person who sits among true disciples might be as far from Christ as the native of a tribe that has never heard the gospel--if he does not abide in the true Vine.

The person who abides discovers that his soul is nourished with the truths of God as he stays in a close, living, energized relationship with Jesus Christ.

Spiritual fruit is the natural result of abiding.

Christians who think they are bearing fruit apart from the Vine are only tying on artificial fruit.

They run around grunting and groaning to produce fruit but accomplish nothing for fruit is born not by trying, but by abiding!

As we bear genuine fruit, you must take your place on the Vine and get as close to Jesus as you can.

Stripping away all the things of the world, putting aside the sins that distract you and zap your energy.

We are to put aside everything that robs us of a deep, personal, loving relationship with Jesus.

Stay in God's Word!

 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither {can} you unless you abide in Me." John 15:4 NASB


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