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Sweet Nectar

I AM about to stir My Body into action! Complacency has settled over much of the Body as if it were a blanket of sleep. This needs to change, for there is so much to be done. I have instilled a gift in each one of you, and though you enjoy partaking of Me, I have yet to partake of many of you.

There is fruit waiting to be tasted inside of you. The fruit of the vine that, when allowed to mature and ripen, will be the sweetest of nectar–a drink fit for the King!

Ripening only happens when the fruit is attached to the vine. I AM the vine and you are the branches. Should a branch be broken, that fruit will no longer grow and produce; it must be pruned. Allow Me to cultivate you. You know of your gifts and natural talents; they don’t reside in you by accident, but by design.

Stir up the gifts within and allow Me to refine them. Step out in faith, even if you don’t feel quite confident. A step of faith will be met with support and direction for the next step.

Take the adventure to see where it leads. You will be pleasantly surprised…

and

The fruit you will bear will be…

Satisfyingly Sweet!

I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I  in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.” John 15:1-9

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans 12:6-11

 

Abide

Advancing into the Kingdom of God is like that of the growth of a baby. It is well known in My Word that I feed my children milk before they are ready for strong meat, but also, like that of a baby, the growth does not develop properly until the baby begins to trust. He will not step out in faith unless he knows and believes that someone will be there to catch him if he should fall. The baby will search for his mother’s eyes, smile and toddle in the direction that he sees her. He will hear her voice and turn to her with a smile or run giggling in the opposite direction, knowing full well that he will be chased and caught up into her loving arms.

So it is when my children look to Me for acceptance, love and nurturing. One look into My eyes and they know they are safe. Listening for My voice, they are comforted when I call. When they fall, I pick them up. If they run away, they know full well that I will pursue them.

But, there comes a time when…

  • The child must grow up.
  • Must launch into the deep.
  • Must not depend, but deepen.
  • Must eat strong meat.
  • Not seek to be fed, but seek to feed others.

Childish ways must be set aside, for maturity and usefulness to emerge. Just as a mother’s love never diminishes as the child grows into the man, neither will my love wane, but intensify.

This is my command

Abide in Me.

Abide in My Love.

Love one another.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”  Jn.  5:4-17