Dailies On The Vine

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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Dailies On The Vine

REMAIN IN THE SEAL

Within the circle of covenant, all of our needs are met in Christ. We are protected, provided for, loved, healed, and sealed. Within this circle is your security and a life of righteousness.

First we TRUST, then we remain in trust by DWELLING in His presence, we DELIGHT in Him, and remain COMMITTED here. This is the life of godliness sealed in covenant.

“Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:3-5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Dailies On The Vine

Remember His Faithfulness

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless against this great multitude which is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.””
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Perhaps there is no physical army against you, maybe it’s circumstances, trials, or the weight of the long transition. Whatever seems impossible in your life, remember the Lords faithfulness. Is there anything too hard for Him?

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Lacking No Good Thing

Those who SEEK the Lord lack no good thing. The key to the abundant life is fearing and honoring the Lord in a whole hearted pursuit to know Him. Hebrew for seek in this passage is Strong’s 1875 – To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… have you thought about what else wisdom holds if the fear of the Lord is just the beginning? There’s so much more within wisdom to be unlocked and revealed to those who seek the Lord, and the mystery is that in the pursuit is full provision.

“The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers. [Ps. 18:1; 145:20.] O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him. [I Pet. 2:2, 3.] O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to revere and worshipfully fear the Lord.” Psalm‬ ‭34:7-11‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Desiring Holy Spirit

Just as Moses could not stand to be away from the presence of the Lord so I will petition the same of the Holy Spirit; I will not move without Your presence, I am fully dependent upon You, AND I need more of You! As Jesus prayed for His disciples, they were sent and then led and directed once the Holy Spirit was with them. To receive the Holy Spirit is to yield to Him, to yield to the Holy Spirit is be led and directed by Him, to be led and directed by Him is be in communion with Him.

“And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭33:15‬ ‭AMPC‬‬. In other words, do not send me, I am not prepared without You! ‬

“Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you. And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit! [Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and directed by Him] …” John‬ ‭20:21-23 AMPC‬‬

Jesus gave details – He told the disciples what would happen next, but it was after receiving the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit, for He is the one that equips us!

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Restoring The Garden

This is the message from my dream yesterday morning ~ when we are willing to risk all, even our life (our will & desires) for the beauty of the Lord then we will be fruitful and bloom in and out of season. Our abandonment to His heart causes us to hit the mark and lead us right to the Promised Land. Where ever the Son shines, there will always be a garden; He is Paradise.

There are inheritances the Lord is trying to restore to you, but it will require risk, faith, and it will be the glimpse of His overwhelming beauty that causes you to leap toward the Promise Land. He is your reward!

“And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” Isaiah‬ ‭58:11-12‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Love In Obedience Is Heaven’s Success

The greatest gift you could give the Lord in 2022 (and forever will be) is your heart. We love the Lord with a devoted heart to Him through our obedience, as Jesus said, “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.” John‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬.

Success in Heaven is measured by having lived a life of obedience to the Lord on earth. “So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him].” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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It’s Time For The Vision To Be Fulfilled

It’s time for the vision to be fulfilled.

For some of you this is that! This is “the time”, this is the vision that was seen, written of, and spoken about for a future time; you’ve perceived and even seen it physically though have been waiting on the full manifestation and it definitely feels delayed. You have been waiting and waiting and waiting, and nearly lost hope. But it’s your time, this is the season, and it shall come to pass! Step into the now reality by the Spirit with faith. No more delay!

“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3 NLT

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Prophetic Scripting

Everlasting Faith Is To Remain In Christ

an exhortation on faith in action

Many people claim to have faith, and while the idea of it is attractive and seems positive, the source of one’s faith matters. Faith outside of Heaven lives in the realm of men and does not last into eternity, it aims high though it still holds a limited grasp of an abundant life, and its wisdom never fully reaches the pure Light. There may be mysteries to be uncovered in Heaven’s faith, but there is no obscurity or confusion. Heaven’s faith is founded on Truth, and blesses all who take hold with guaranteed assurance. “Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 AMPC; “Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle-deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in Yahweh our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!” Psalms 20:7 TPT. The victorious life is accessed when one embraces the wisdom of God, through faith. “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” Hebrews 11:1 AMP

At the ground level of Christianity is the foundation of faith; the belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for the sins of humanity once and for all so that we could have unbroken fellowship with Him. This firm foundation is the gateway to the path of complete redemption held in our Savior’s heart. Furthermore, Scripture writes that “But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “He who boasts and glories, let him boast and glory in the Lord.”” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 AMP. Our abilities, thoughts, and works can never create a supernatural reality that can withstand the judgement of God. This is why those who perform signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus are still subject to be separated from Him: “On the day of judgment many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, don’t you remember us? Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we cast out demons and do many miracles in your name?’ But I will have to say to them, ‘Go away from me, you lawless rebels! I’ve never been joined to you!’” Matthew 7:22-23 TPT.

Only heaven’s faith incubates eternal fruit. Heaven’s faith is a substance, the very living material that allows mortal man to be made alive in Christ. Heaven’s faith is rooted in Life itself, therefore all that emanates from its source reproduces life as well. Mortal or even spiritual faith cannot produce fruit that remains, because apart from Christ man can do nothing (John 15:5). The secret to possessing an overcoming supernatural faith, is to remain in Christ – not the belief in ourselves, our higher conscious, good works, or supreme beings.  There is One, and belief in Him alone will not suffice for even the demons believe, the requirement is remaining in Him. 

In recent moments when I have pressed into the Lord over the subject of my faith being strengthened, the conclusion is that mature sons and daughters stay through the wrestle, the long suffering, and the unknown. While faith does come by hearing the Word of God, it is not as much that their faith is not strong, as is the temptation to move or even gaze upon that which is outside of Him because this is where the weakening of faith occurs.  “If you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 AMP. It is not the “size” of our faith that is measured, rather that faith itself is living and active. What is living faith? The two examples that come to mind are 1) an unborn child inside of the womb; fully dependent on the life, breathe, and nutrients of its mother representing life through the umbilical cord, symbolically we are “born again” and are Christ’s offspring remaining connected to Him in the same way  2) the parable of abiding in the vine, representing life through the blood of Christ which is the epitome of our spiritual life-source in our veins.

Mature sons and daughters bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth realm; the supernatural and extraordinary are manifested through Christ Jesus in them, this is why we remain in Him, to fully manifest and display HIS good works through our covenant of love. “In Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” Acts 17:28. Faith is an action verb, in addition to many familiar definitions, the action of faith also denotes ones behavior or conduct. Our behavior reflects our belief systems and tests our intimate knowledge of Him by the fruit we bear. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38. Why is there no pleasure for those who draw back? Because these are ones who unfastened themselves from God’s heart, the ones who became unjoined from Him. The ones who found fascination in other pleasures, the ones who allowed the little foxes to spoil the vine and ruin the beautiful fruit. The ones who could not hold their gaze upon Him when they had no understanding and failed to trust Him with their heart. The ones who lost their first love.

There is no life outside of Christ, as soon as we begin to look away from Him, the life flow becomes hindered and our faith suffers. The beautiful mystery of faith is that abiding in Christ is an actual place, it is not abstract. The completed work of Christ enabled us to make a permanent residence for Him, a dwelling place where we never have to be separated from His love. After the resurrection of Christ, all of humanity was given and continues to be given opportunity for the indwelling of His Spirit, where we create a home for His presence. He is the hope, friendship, and love we long for, our great confidence, and through this everlasting faith we are justified and remain in Him. “So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine. “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father! “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:4-9 TPT.

As the days grow darker, and testing increases, I pray your faith is strengthened through your union with Christ. Remain in Him, and allow His love to nourish your hearts. If any man be in Christ he is a new creature! Our relationship with Him is transformative from glory to glory, allow Him to love you into that next layer of life. As His love is shed abroad in your heart I pray that you would receive revelation of “works of faith” or “faith in action” is actually abiding IN HIM; and may we all become more awakened than days prior, reflecting His pure and perfect Light. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].” 2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP

“For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5 AMP.

I bless you in your victorious journey of faith! 

 

 

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Dailies On The Vine

In Him We Live

IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING
(Acts 17:28)

“What a God you are! Your path for me has been perfect! All your promises have proven true.
What a secure shelter for all those
who turn to hide themselves in you!
You are the wrap-around God giving grace to me.
Could there be any other god like you?
You are the only God to be worshiped,
for there is not a more secure foundation
to build my life upon than you.
You have wrapped me in power,
and now you’ve shared with me your perfection.
Through you I ascend to the highest peaks of your glory to stand in the heavenly places, strong and secure in you.” Psalms 18: 30-33 TPT

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