"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Friday, February 24, 2017

FRIDAY "Finding I AM..."

as the
True VINE

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... John 15:1-8 ...
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."

and
ABIDING
this day as
I do every Friday

" Lysa gave us a beautiful illustration of how we’re connected to the vine, tended by our ultimate Gardner, God."- See more at P31 OBS and video for Session 5 at the Mount of Olives and in her book 


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As I practice "abiding" today (offline) ... I thought it may be important to share the rest of the title (in case you've missed it) ... "How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart" ... which certainly lines up with "The Broken Way" OBS as well ... and the True Vine (there's a little snippet of this if you follow that link).


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For me, the image of "grapes on the" Vine are the perfect image to go with this passage in John 15 and I love the Father, as the Gardener, until I step back and realize that this "gardening" most often includes "pruning" and not just picking. And this article was most helpful in understanding "abiding" as 3 interwoven aspects of Connection, Dependence, and Continuance ... as I choose to


                                                            ABIDE
(Greek - 'meno')
{Yeah, I'm feeling a bit clingy today}

I need to be more fruit - full
like those bunches of grapes in that SONshine



1 comment:

  1. This was such a great post...may we all let Him make us more fruit-full as we cling to Him!

    No better place to be....

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