Dailies On The Vine

The Face in the Storm

The Lord is looking for those who are willing to follow Him wherever He leads ~ into the ‘thunder, lightning, and smoking mountain’. Will you be courageous to go where He is? You say you love Him, but do you trust Him, do you truly reverence Him? Will you approach Him? Safety according to our standards will often limit the depth of our encounter. Could it be that on the other side of your perceived storm, is the face of the Lord?

“Now all the people witnessed the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the smoking mountain; and as they looked, the people were afraid, and they trembled [and moved backward] and stood at a [safe] distance. Then they said to Moses, “You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him [that is, a profound reverence for Him] will remain with you, so that you do not sin.” So the people stood at a [safe] distance, but Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.” Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭18‬-‭21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Isaiah 40

“Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become tired or grow weary; There is no searching of His understanding. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power. Even youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:27-31‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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The Way: His Will and His Voice

If you want to hear the Voice of the Lord you must sit at His table. It has always been and will always be about communion with Him.

The invitation is extended and you respond. You either show up or you do not. How you respond to the last invitation is important to where He will lead you next. You trust Him, and He trusts you.

Many years ago I boldly asked the Lord to walk on water, quite literally. His response was not what I was expecting, and He said to me, “If I called you, would you come?”. I understood in that moment the depths of the question. I felt the weight of the sacrifice and unwavering faith it would require. And after some years of maturing I realized it isn’t about the miracle of walking on water as much as it is being where He is.

If the Lord is in the storm, you’re safest in the waters there. If He is atop the mountain, you are in His will even if hanging from a cliff. If the Lord is in the valley He leads you to the streams of refreshing. You just need to be where He is, and really that is all that matters.

For some of you this journey began at a table for many, then you were moved to a table for a few, then for two and now for one. Never lose your wonder of Him and where He will lead. He is your Eden, He is Home.

When you are on the waters many will not understand because they are not there with you, it is just you and Jesus. Focus on Him, rest in Him, trust in Him. Peter was the only disciple walking on water, Esther was the only woman who petitioned the King, Moses encountered the Lord alone atop the mountain, Daniel was alone in the lions den…. you need no other but Him.

“WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. [Rev. 21:6, 7; 22:17.] Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. [Jer. 31:12-14.] Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. [II Sam. 7:8-16; Acts 13:34; Heb. 13:20.] Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah‬ ‭55:1-3, 6-9‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:39-40‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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THE TWO DIVIDES

It is imperative we have discernment in this hour because there is both a holy and unholy division that has been taking place and will continue on into the future, and as believers we need to find ourselves on the right side of it.

The holy division separates cords that are attached to us that are preventing unity with the Lord, whether once approved by Him or never approved of, they are being removed in order to move forward in Him; people, things, relationships, jobs, belief’s, thoughts, patterns, etc. Another holy division is the separation of wheat and chaff, many are experiencing the intense cleansing under the fiery hand of the Lord, this is dealing with you, your fruit and heart alone. And yet another holy division is the separation in the Body, from the common unto the precious; in restoring the Levitical priesthood there is also removal of persons and appointing of persons.

However, the enemy knows a house divided can not stand. So he is working to bring division amongst the holy division. He does this with accusations, suspicions, pinning people against each other, offenses, lies, sowing discord, etc. He will twist even the holy-dividing work the Lord is attempting to accomplish in your life.

Pray for discernment, yield to the work of the Holy Spirit, test the spirits, and follow peace. Forgive quickly, and be lead by love. Always remember the Spirit world is our reality, not what we see with our natural eye.

“And if a house is divided (split into factions and rebelling) against itself, that house will not be able to last.” Mark‬ ‭3:25‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NKJV

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 NKJV

I pray these words from the Apostle Paul will encourage you: “Yet, as God’s servants, we prove ourselves authentic in every way. For example: We have great endurance in hardships and in persecutions. We don’t lose courage in a time of stress and calamity. We’ve been beaten many times, imprisoned, and found ourselves in the midst of riots. We’ve endured many troubles, had sleepless nights, and gone hungry. We have proved ourselves by our lifestyles of purity, by our spiritual insights, by our patience, and by showing kindness, by the Spirit of holiness and by our uncritical love for you. We commend ourselves to you by our truthful teachings, by the power of God working through us, and with the mighty weapons of righteousness—a sword in one hand and a shield in the other. Amid honor or dishonor, slander or praise—even when we are treated as deceivers and imposters—we remain steadfast and true. We are unknown nobodies whom everyone knows. We are frequently at death’s door, yet here we are, still alive! We have been severely punished yet not executed. We may suffer, yet in every season we are always found rejoicing. We may be poor, yet we bestow great riches on many. We seem to have nothing, yet in reality we possess all things.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:4-10‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Love & Blessings
Amy
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Honoring The Lord – by letting go

There are some of you, and particularly leaders in the Body who are holding onto relationships, people, things, etc that the Lord has told you to remove. I feel the weight and burden, that “you have no one else”. And for some you just can’t seem to place what you are sensing in the Spirit with the natural – it doesn’t look like anything is wrong. Better to have no one else, than an entire body be defiled. One of the greatest sources of defilement is coming from pride in worship. Better to deal with it, before the Lord deals with you for a lack of obedience.

I’m reminded of when I was a very young General Manager of a quick-serve restaurant. They hired me in and sent me to the store struggling the most. It was in a high-end area, though the store was performing very poorly – there were several reasons for the challenges however it was my job to problem solve. Employees who did not want to be retrained to meet the standard were let go, it was a long season of retraining and training and self sacrifice. If I didn’t have the labor dollars, I worked, because salary doesn’t count. I worked and worked well over what was “required” of me. There was one instance I worked over two days straight because we had a new rollout and I stayed through the night to re-dress the store and meet the deadline. Eventually the store was consistently maintained to standard; in cleanliness, with employees of excellent work ethic that I trusted, and we had become a well-oiled team. My personal sacrifice of time and even money, led to me achieving the number one GM in my district for three consecutive quarters. In what seemed to be a long season of self-sacrifice in the big picture led to reward rather quickly.

I attribute much of that success not from my ability in and of itself, though from my personal convictions and work ethic. I grew up serving my father and grandfather in a family business, and here I learned humbly by sweeping the floors beginning at age 11. As I grew in other positions in the Dry Cleaners, I would actually inspect the clean clothes before they were bagged and filed away on the line. Here I was as a teenager, putting red tape on missed spots, or wrinkles and sending them back if they didn’t meet standard. I of course took a healthy pride in what I was doing because it was a family business. The father’s standard of excellence became my standard. And it was the integrity of my heart and love for him, that allowed me to serve in this manner. And so it is with our Heavenly Father.

The Lord is looking for those who will uphold His standard, and be about His business. “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

In letting go, we honor the Lord. This is the humility He will bless. We know our hearts are completely His by our obedience, for if we love Him, we will obey. “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.” John 14:15

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The Maturity of Faith

One of the greatest misconceptions we can have about faith, is if we have enough of it, we can pray and or believe our way out of anything.

While faith does help one to overcome, and is the very foundation of our salvation, it is not a magic potion for our own personal gain. When we falsely apply faith, we view trials as a source of mockery and shame, completely disregarding the words of the disciple James that are woven into the Scriptures. Pride wears a very gross disguise and even causes one to despise the very holy work the trials are sent to accomplish. The overcoming is not a bypassing of testing itself, the overcoming is in meeting with and surrending to the Overcomer…

Mature faith yields – not unto his own will or desire, though unto the Lord’s. Mature faith does not manipulate the Lord, it dies for the Lord!

“James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve [Hebrew] tribes [scattered abroad among the Gentiles] in the dispersion: Greetings (rejoice)! Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:1-4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Guarding The Garden

The Lord is jealous for you. ❤️‍🔥

He moves quickly to be with the one He loves and those who love Him.

His fire burns the treads of any trespassers, and like Eden His fire guards His garden, your heart and home for Him.

This is a time when He is increasingly removing all that hinders love. The removal may seem “unloving” to some, though be not mistaken – it is holy jealous love that commands the expulsion.

“It will no longer be said of you [Judah], “Azubah (Abandoned),” Nor will it any longer be said of your land, “Shemamah (Desolate)”; But you will be called, “Hephzibah (My Delight is in Her),” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, And to Him your land will be married [owned and protected by the LORD].” Isaiah 62:4

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Feed on Faithfulness

Wise sheep feed on the Shepherd’s faithfulness

~ selah

Trust • Do Good • Dwell • Feed • Delight

“Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.” Psalm‬ ‭37:3-4‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Waiting Expectantly

Today I want to encourage you to believe in the goodness of God! Who is like the Lord?! You can not separate good from God, it is who He is. We must believe His heart and affections are toward us. HE WILL DO IT, HE WILL PERFORM THE WORD IN YOU. Your only true hope is in Him; keep watching, looking, and waiting for Him. He will come through!

EXPECT’ANT, a. Waiting; looking for. n. One who expects; one who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by his belief or hope of receiving some good

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Beloved (yadiyad)

True lovers will never apologize for their devoted love.

“I am fully devoted to my beloved, and my beloved is fully devoted to me.”
‭‭Song of Songs‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Beloved in Hebrew is the word, yadiyad, which means “hand in hand”. Pure burning devoted hearts are not apologetic for their adoration, their unity (hand in hand) sets them apart. There is a longing to be together, and when separated from the holy burning flames, there is a fatal risk of a heart becoming cold.

“[She proudly said] I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me! [John 10:28.]” ‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“For I,’ says the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ” Zechariah 2:5 NKJV

“Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride.” Isaiah 62:4 NLT

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