John 15:1-17:These verses refers to the followers of Jesus, those who already know him. He is our vine and we are the branches that come from that vines nourishment. Without it we perish. We have a very intimate relationship with Jesus and though that relationship we allowed to come before God without being sanctified. Also, because the vineyard or the image of the vine symbolizes Israel,(Jer.2:21& used after the 1st Jewish revolt) by saying this Jesus is saying that he is now the true Israel (what symbolizes it I mean) which corresponds to his breaking away from the temple (John8:59) and to Pilate proclaiming him to be the King of the Jews (John 19:19) so what these verses are conveying to me is that Jesus has been replaced as the identifier to Jews rather than them identifying themselves with their nation or the promise land . God made Jesus the new promise land and we Jews and non-Jews alike are the new people of God.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I Kings 6:
Because Israel(Judah) was finally at rest under Solomon's rule he could build God his proper temple.This chapter talks solely about the ornaments that were used to adorn God's temple and man the diligence of the building of this, how meticulous everything was set forth, the olive trees, carvings of cherubims, floors overlaid with gold. Can you just imagine it. They must have cleaned such a precious thing on a daily if not hourly basis. Well when Jesus died for our sins, he became Emmanuel(God with us). We became God's temple, are we cleaning our hearts regularly. Lifting them up in comparison to Jesus, placing our actions next to the word of God to see we are acting in accordance to it. This temple was Judah's pride and joy, for it was the dwelling place of the one living God. We are the dwelling place of the one living God. It's time to start treating our hearts and souls how Solomon treated the Lords temple. Our walk with The Lord should be built up on a strong foundation the influences we let into our hearts should be meticulously observed to discern if they are of the Lord or of this world. Our heart should be lifted to Jesus, are sins should be laid bare to him and our hearts cleaned with diligence. That is what is convicting me today. I will be praying for you sisters for the same thing.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It seems easy to say we are followers of Christ but he calls us to give up this world, it's material things, family, and friends and that is hard. Jesus gave us such an important task to save lives and we can't delay in that task because once humans die as blasphemers of the Holy Spirit they cannot be saved from their sins. It is like what I was reading this morning 1Kings 2:43 "Why then hast thou not kept the oath of The Lord, and commandment that I have charged thee with?" We sort of construct these walls with our doubts and fears and place them around our heart and mind so that we can protect ourselves from embarrassment, or pain.
Monday, February 24, 2014
"But bade them farewell, saying I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus."
Paul stayed with the Jews at Ephesus until all that he could do there with the spirit was exhausted. The Lord knew where Paul needed to be, Paul was obiedent to Jesus's commission. After he left Ephesus Paul went all over the country strengthening disciples of Jesus. Isn't that amazing. That Paul could just leave any place at any time traveling according to the will of God. It was such an encouragement to me, it just reminded me of the commission, that for me it wasn't about staying detached of people not development life-long friendships but staying in accordance to God's will. Saul of Tarsus and Barnabas stayed very close and yet at time when God pulled them to their own missionary works they went separate ways... BUT they wrote letter to each other, prayed for their walks, and visited.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
"And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake." (Acts 6:10)
This has been for a while so heavy on my heart. Then a revived conviction came from God with I Thes. 5:22 and I have just been working on praying for a silent tongue. That Jesus would cover and filter my words and allow only the ones that would bring him glory to be spoken (and even thought!) I also have been praying for a consciousness of my appearance. Because it is so important that we be perceived not only as different from non-believers but that we portray our gladness for being saved. We are God's handy work, his propaganda in a loose way.