Today’s Revelation – Thank You Jesus!
I am being called today by the Holy Spirit. He is pulling me to the Word and I go willingly to be fed. Father God, open my eyes to the beating of your gracious heart, my ears to your Holy Word. I surrender my soul to your righteousness, and my heart to your love. Lord I seek to know you more, I seek to follow where you lead, let me Lord God be a vessel for you, let me hold your message of grace, to be poured out on your people. I thank you Father God for this time with you. I thank you for drawing me near, and revealing what little my human mind can comprehend of your great will for us. Thank you Lord God, thank you.
The Words of Jesus Christ from John 15:
“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.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
This message is so powerful. Jesus is truly the vine, he is our food, our strength, our root. He was planted here on earth by the creator, our God, the gardener, who Loves what he has planted, and labors for the fruit it will produce. Jesus uses this analogy so that we can understand, so that what God has done, and is doing, something so unimaginable to us, can be understood to some degree.
A Gardener, plants for a reason, and will labor over his garden to ensure he can enjoy the fruits his garden can produce. He will pull the weeds to ensure his plants will receive the water and nutrients from the soil. He will prune the branches that are strong to allow them to grow stronger, and he will remove the branches that are week, again to allow the fruitful branches to get all the water and nutrients they need to produce their fruit.
Wow, so when I read this I can see God doing this in my life, looking back I can see him so many times putting things in front of me that make me stronger, and taking things away that make me weaker. Giving me friends that keep me faithful, that support me and love me. Taking away people that lead me to destructive things like alcohol and sinful desires. Jobs that give me so much money that I spend poorly go away, and jobs that only provide what I need are placed in front of me. Sure, at the time, I saw these losses as pain, not realizing what was happening. I wanted money, I wanted to party, I wanted sex. I worshipped these things, I put them before God, and I was cut off, just as Jesus explained. I got depressed, I got angry, I let that anger control me and my reactions to people. It’s funny how I could think I was in Love, and I could be told I was loved, yet when I compare that to the love I feel today, from God, and from my friends, it really was a deceitful lie, a lie to suck the true life away from me, like the weeds, and the weak branches, seeking to pull the water and nutrients from the strong branch of the vine. I can see so clearly today, thank you Jesus! Through just this very small piece of God’s Word, I can see how he is at work always in my life. Even in my darkest hours, he was there pruning, and weeding, and watering, so that I can produce fruit for him, the one who planted me! Praise You! Praise you Lord God! I am clean! I am cleaned by the Word he spoke to me! My stains are gone thanks to Jesus Christ, he has washed them from me. Even still I see a warning here.
I see that I must remain in him. I must continue to seek his will, and do his will. I must produce fruit, or I will be cut off, not from his love, never from his love, but surely from his grace. If I remain in him, following him, obeying him, then what I seek in his will, is mine, apart from him, I can do nothing. Apart from him I am like a branch thrown away, withering, thrown into the fire to burn. And surely I have burned. I burned when I lost income, I burned when I lost girlfriends, I grieved, I cried, I was lost, I was in pain, and today I realize that that pain, that grief, is what eternity can be like without God. I can live in eternal pain, and eternal grief, and burn in eternity. That pain that I felt was so real, so excruciating, I saw no end to it, I saw no hope. When I think about it today. In this very moment sitting in my room surrounded by His Word, I can see so clearly the deception. I can see that the hope that I sought in those times, was hope for more money, hope for more parties, hope for more sex, and yes, I prayed for these things to come back to me. I wasn’t praying in His Will, I was praying in mine. I was praying for things that would separate me even more from the one true thing that could bring me joy. He has told us this, that His joy may be in us, so that our joy may be complete. Thank you Jesus!
Lord God, I am in Awe! I am so completely in Love with You! Lord I pray that I take this lesson to heart. I pray that I will remain in you always, and that you remain in me. Lord take away my will, take away any desire that does not give you glory. Take away any pain that I ever suffer for things that are not in you. Show me your will, and lead me to it always. For you are true joy, you are freedom, you are my God, above all else. Amen