John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine (Jesus), and my Father is the gardener (God). He cuts off every branch (Christian) in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
Since I lost my job I have become more disciplined in my daily ALONE time with God. I used to think that talking with God throughout my day was enough but I am realizing that ALONE time with Him is necessary to move into a deeper relationship with Him.
God has been speaking to me a lot through John. He showed me that I still struggle with sin because I don’t truly grasp “I AM”. He has taken me through a series of moments that keep confirming that I should be reading John. I even looked up “what does I AM mean” and Jesus refers to himself as “I AM” 7 times and they all happen to be in John.
I have always known that “I AM” means the beginning, the end and everything in between. But there is something deeper that I am missing and that is what he is going to show me. Today I turned on my Roku and on ABC family it said that Boy Meets World was on, so I turned the station and Joyce Meyers was starting instead. She was teaching on John 15. This is crazy to me, since I am getting even closer to Him, he is clearly speaking to me and clearly coming through.
Joyce was talking about remaining in Him and if we don’t remain in Him then we can do nothing. Remaining would include listening to the Spirit, worship, being in the Word daily etc. It is anything that will bring us closer to God so that we can be pruned (transformed). It was confirmed to me that I am on the right track in my thinking, that if I keep getting closer to Him then sin will fall away.
Yesterday, I read John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. I always knew that the bread he is speaking of is the Word and it is to fill us up but what I realized yesterday is that it is also the actions that we take. It made me think back on all the times that God has really taken me deep into His will for me by helping others. He has had me take families to homeless shelters, He has told me to let others stay with me for a time and most recently He has asked me to let someone who is homeless shower in my home. These times are times when I was being so filled with Him and doing His will that I didn’t even think about things such as smoking because I was being fed and that is all I needed.
At times I ask God, “why did you put us here, why did you start this world” and yesterday I heard a teaching and the person teaching said that we were put here to show God’s glory. So what I am learning is that life here is lived to the fullest when we are walking life daily with God and this is why we were put here. But remember I was walking with Him, He was using me and changing me but now He is telling me there is more, that I can go even deeper with Him.
We are called to show His glory everyday through our transformation. To produce that Spiritual fruit which keeps us remaining in Him. So if we aren’t experiencing God and transformation daily then maybe we should question if we are a true believer or if we are falling away? And if we have doubts about our relationship we should do everything we can to fix this because nothing and nobody is worth sacrificing our relationship with Christ.
Joyce closed with saying that when God is trying to prune us or purge the things that are in us (the things that are disloyal to Him), He begins with speaking His Word to us, then He moves on to changing our circumstances or situations and although they may be changes that hurt in the beginning it is because he is trying to protect us and give us the best that He has to offer.
So I have gotten His Word (I didn’t listen) and now He has changed my circumstance. I now pray that I listen before He needs to take me farther down this hard road in order to become more obedient.