“I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 AMPC
“You can’t poison the well and then turn around and complain about the water.” -Steven Furtick
As I pondered what God is saying to me regarding the walk and talks, He is leading me to a decision. In fact, I believe He’s using this ministry to invite each of us to come away with Him and partake of the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) I implore you all to communicate with our heavenly Father if you don’t already. I have learned to depend on Him for a lot of things that I need to be made aware of and I suspect you do as well.
God says in the playbook (bible) that there are many BENEFITS associated with having a personal relationship with Him. Psalm 103: 2-5 even says as much, so please do your due diligence. (II Timothy 2:15)
Because God makes a plethora of promises in His word, they have NO VALUE unless He’s indeed a promise keeper. I will be very transparent and say that many of these “promises” were difficult for me to believe. Initially, I was much like that of Thomas the disciple of Jesus. (John 20:25)
Many refer to the disciple as “Doubting Thomas.” Like wise I would as well, but not anymore. I stopped doing that because I was unwittingly casting judgment upon him and I found that to be unfair. After all, he had every right to feel the way he did about Jesus’ resurrection. In fact, there are several discouraged followers of Jesus after His crucifixion. I can only recall ONE of the disciples even present at His crucifixion.
Change, focus and give were Justin’s talking points from Tuesday’s walk and talk. All three points are very necessary in making a quality decision to start a spiritual journey. I have heard that motivation will get you started, but habits (good or bad) and consistency will keep you going. ALL of His many promises can become yours as well, but you must first be willing to abide in the Vine. Once you make the quality decision to follow Christ, He will begin this process. (Philippians 1:6)