Luke 13:6He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
John 15: 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Isaiah 27 2In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. 3I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
Here we see our Father is the Husbandman, the Keeper of the vine, the Overseer of our salvation, inspecting His vineyard. See His desire for you to bear fruit, see His expectancy of this end result.
At this you may despair, saying “I have no fruit, and His eye is on me!”
But look! There is hope. You are in Christ and He stands before the father saying, “Let me dig around them and fertilize them. I will water them every moment. Unless anyone hurts them, I will watch over them day and night. I will give them everything they need to bear fruit. I am the vine and as they abide in me, they will bear fruit for Your Glory, Father.”
Can you see the tenderness of the Husbandman? How His every effort and plan in your life is for your growth and your benefit? Can you see how He guards you jealously, how He treasures you? See how He nurtures you and gives you time to mature and to grow!
You are not alone in your effort to abide in Christ. The Lord and our Father are both endeavoring to keep you in Christ, to aid you in your walk. Trust Him and let Him keep you in the Vine, knowing how great a price He paid to enable your grafting into the Vine.
Do you see Christ endeavoring on your behalf in your life? Have you experienced the joy of abiding? Do you have questions about the process? Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment.
I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.
Evangelism, Jesus style:
The unsaved person is drawn toward repentance, and thus salvation, through the goodness of God(Romans 2:4). The goodness of God is displayed to the unsaved person, through those of us who believe. God desires to will and to do of His good pleasure, through us(Philippians 2:13). God desires for us to step out in faith and become partakers of the divine nature(2 Peter 1:4) displaying His goodness to the world. One of the good pleasures of His will is that we all would become adopted as His children(Ephesians 1:5; verses 1-12 is a list of the other good pleasures of His will). We, as saved individuals, are supposed to prove out the good and acceptable will of God(Romans 12:2) for the unsaved person. You have to know what that will is in order to do so. God’s will is found in His Word. As saved people, we must know the word in depth and be able to prove out the will of God for the unsaved person. That is how the unsaved person experiences the good pleasure of God’s will and can see that His ways are acceptable and pleasing. Revival is not the Evangelistic approach expected by the word of God.
Typically Christians expect that God is going to be the one going, moving, working, and we are somehow supposed to figure out what He is doing and partner with Him. The purpose of Christian Revival is to seek His presence so that He shows up and moves among His people so that we can participate. This concept of experiencing and partnering with God paralyzes a believer and causes them to legitimize their own unbelief because it is not what the Word calls us to. What happens is the newly saved person is not facilitated in how to partake of the divine nature, let God work as the believer goes, and so their experiences in life accumulate to not matching the outcome indicated in the word. The new Christian is taught how to handle this by other believers who have walked in the same path; it must be His sovereignty, His will, Him trying to teach something, you gotta just press in more, or we deserve it for something we have done(discipline).
Christians have typically not been taught how to explain how and why life seems not to match up to the word. They have also not been taught to how to make life outcomes match up with the word. Christians have gone down this path for so long they have begun to believe these traditions rather than take scripture at face value. I am here to tell you today, it is possible to understand why life might not match up to the word, as well as how to influence life so that it does match up with the outcome the word says is possible.
The Abide Project is designed to explain to people how to know and understand God’s will, experience dominion over the works of the devil, and how to influence life situations with the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby proving the good and acceptable will of God.
It is the will of God that the saved person demonstrates the goodness of God’s will. That is why God gave the saved person His authority(Luke 10:19), and the ability of His spirit(Acts 1:8). Jesus, with that same authority and ability spoke to every aspect of life to reconcile it to be the way the Father desires, the way it would be in heaven. He told wind to stop, waves to calm, water to become wine, a fig tree to die, demons to go, people’s bodies to be healed, food to multiply, and tormented minds to be sane all for the purpose of pointing people to God, to the fact that He was the Messiah, and that God’s will was good intentioned. God, also gave saved people that ministry and word of reconciliation(2 Corinthians 5:18-19). We are charged with reconciling the unsaved aspects of this world, which is crying out and expecting it(Romans 8:19). We do that by establishing the Kingdom of God wherever we go, in place of Jesus being down here trying to do it by Himself. That is why Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven”(Matthew 6:10). Expecting that God is going to come and sit Himself down on a church house and draw people to that place, which is the typical mindset of Christian revival, exalts itself against the truth of the word.
We use the power and authority on behalf of Christ, in His stead, as His ambassadors(2 Corinthians 5:20) to perform these reconciliation tasks. We reconcile people’s bodies through healing them from sickness and diseases. We reconcile their hearts and souls through trans-formative teaching and preaching(also called prophecy in the NT – explaining the divine words of God found in the bible), and faith based exploits demonstrating how the name of Jesus is above all other things. We reconcile their minds by casting out any demonic influences(confusion, lies, anger, pain, witchcraft, etc.) and imparting truth, love, peace, etc. to their whole being. The keys of the kingdom for doing this have been provided, they are binding and loosing(Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:18).
The saved person is supposed to be able to walk in all these things as a demonstration pointing to who God is, proving out His gracious, good, acceptable, and pleasing will for mankind, so that they will be drawn to repentance. This is Faith based biblical Evangelism. God has done His job to prepare us to work on His behalf, then He went away, and is going to return someday to see how well we have established His kingdom here on earth as it should be in heaven. That is the essence of every kingdom parable in the NT. The path of Christian revival has not been working effectively or efficiently in establishing His Kingdom or mature Christians, because it does not line up with the truth or commands of the Word.
The Abide Project is designed to teach people how to effectively bind and loose the works and efforts of the devil with the authority and ability of the Holy Spirit establishing the kingdom of God and showing forth the will of God in the lives of the unsaved.
2 Timothy 417Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Ephesians 612For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
John 10:10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Somehow you found yourself alone. Cut off from the herd. Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually. You are separated. Busyness crept in. Worry gained a foothold. The pressure of life weighed down. Lust of other things distracted you.
And like a lion, seeking to steal, the enemy came.
You may be there now, with the maw of the lion clutching your neck, seeking to strangle the very life of God out of you, knowing that if he can hold on long enough you will abandon hope. Maybe it is your finances, or your relationships, or your health. Maybe his stranglehold is on your future, or maybe it’s on your thoughts. But slowly the enemy saps the strength from your soul.
Christian, the Lord stands with you! Seek to drown the devil through the Word and watch as he has no choice but to release you from his deadly grip.
Get in the Word of truth and grace, letting it wash over your soul, restoring you, bringing vitality and fresh hope!