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

Fascination Fixation Transformation

When we are fascinated by the liberty of the Truth – all that Jesus and His Kingdom encompass, we receive revelation. Childlike fascination and wonder are the gateway to Kingdom living. Application of the revelation is obedience, and obedience leads to discipline. Stewardship and discipline lead to fixation, and fixation opens wide the process of transformation. Fixation requires maturity, and true transformation is a juxtaposition in the Kingdom because it requires childlike faith; The humble shall become like Him.

“Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life! If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning. You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word, but then you go out and forget your divine origin. But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do! If someone believes they have a relationship with God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his religion is shallow and empty.” ‭‭James 1:22-26‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus! And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self-life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:21-24‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit, and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom. We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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