Dailies On The Vine

PRESSED

How will we know if there is nothing missing and nothing lacking in our lives? What is the measuring line? When our faith is tested by EXPERIENCE.

Over the last nine days I’ve had three major blows and though they are different situations, all deal with the same effect on my heart. There is a “theme” to which I am to overcome. The positive is what would have once taken me out in a depressed stupor for days, has not effected me like times past. Now how would I know this unless I had EXPERIENCED these trials? I would not have the measurement of growth otherwise. It doesn’t mean I have the answers, understanding, and certainly doesn’t mean that I didn’t cry. 😉 But I do have joy because I chose to literally press myself into Jesus during this time and yield to more refining.

I know we are all in progress toward becoming the perfected work of ‘nothing missing and nothing lacking’, so I want to encourage you to trust the Holy Spirit in whatever that situation is you’re in the middle of. Maybe He’s trying to show you that you have grown too. We often default to seeing the problem or how we feel, but instead of focusing on the pain look for the positive and allow the Lord to release that supernatural joy in you! When you are being pressed, PRESS yourself into HIM. For in the pressing, you receive the oil of His presence, and the more we have of Him the more complete we become.

“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.”
‭‭James 1:2-4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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Dailies On The Vine

Where Is The Power?

The Lord said to me yesterday many do not walk in the Spirit’s power because they refuse to walk through times of testing.

The Gospel has never been weak – but the Church and it’s Body are weak when we do not allow the perfect power-filled Word to test us. We do not have endurance because our faith hasn’t been tested. (James 1:2-4). We settle for comfort, and complain God has not “done” for us. The fruit is immaturity that tastes not the sweetness of the Vine.

Maturity is not how much you “know”, maturity is how much you yield. Mature sons and daughters yield to the leading of testing and pruning. The Holy Spirt led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested and 40 days later He came out “armed with the Holy Spirit’s power”. Where is the power? It will be given to you to the degree that you yield to the Holy Spirit.

“From the moment of his baptism, Jesus overflowed with the Holy Spirit. He was taken by the Spirit from the Jordan into the wilderness of Judea to experience for forty days the ordeal of testing by the accuser. He ate no food during this time and ended his forty-day fast very hungry.” Luke‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭TPT‬‬
40 Days later ….
“Then Jesus, armed with the Holy Spirit’s power, returned to Galilee, and his fame spread throughout the region.” Luke‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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