REVELATION FROM A TREE

JOHN 15 - JESUS THE TRUE VINE

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

On my way out a few mornings ago to see some clients, I was stuck in a bit of traffic and looked to my right and God began to speak me using the trees. The revelation was so deep and sweet and will share with you all. He began to show me the importance of the way the trees operated in the seasons and how important it was for the trees to have their branches, but yet all look different – when He said different He went on to talk about the roots being the same, they all need to be rooted in the soil to receive the nutrients and for those of us who paid attention in science class lol- will know the process of the roots – nutrients – photosynthesis and all.

The branches on the trees differed from tree to tree – some were completely bare with no leaves, some had leaves and others had different coloured leaves. But yet they were all still trees- we wouldn’t look at them and say that because some don’t have leaves that they aren’t trees, that wouldn’t make sense. With this I began to see that even though they all had a different amount or nothing at all they were all blossoming but at different stages and so the outlook wouldn’t always match each other. Whilst some are bare, some are full, yet whilst some are small in vine, others are wide and thick in vine.

 

REFLECT-

How do you portray yourself?

What is your character like?

 

Yet they are all still known as trees and to place this analogy with human beings – to you someone may look average, but you do not realise what they carry and what they can do, God is taking them on a journey and it may not be obvious to the natural eye – but their set time to blossom is coming, whilst the set time for their neighbour is now. We all have different set times, no two times are the same but you are not disqualified just because you haven’t blossomed yet, it just means your journey is different to your neighbours.

That is why it is not wise to compare to other human beings, because no matter what you will not be like them and they will not be like you. It is important to not let the cares of this world and ungodly desires make you compare yourself to another imperfect human being and then get frustrated when things don’t work out for you, in terms of you not getting what they have.

What you look like – how you sound – the way you do things and how you think is different to the next person so when you try to compete you are already losing and doing disservice to not appreciating and valuing who God has called you to become. BUT what we do all have in common is that we are all rooted in Christ and this alongside another powerful thing, that when you look at the trees you notice that they are close together – the distances aren’t that great or wide and so how are you with others? Are you close to them? Do you support them, love them and shine together as well as trying to shine alone? How are you in community?

Such a powerful point to take away, though the trees all looked different, blossoming at different times they still all had close proximity to each other. Being close would mean no competition, no envy, but growing and thriving amongst each other with no ulterior motives.

So check your ways, is it more of self or more of helping and supporting others?

Be blessed as you read this and know that inward change is key and your outlook on life.

GOD BLESS

CHILDHOOD HURTS - ARE YOU REALLY DELIVERED?

     Hey everyone

Trust you are all well

Rev 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” We can look forward to this, look to God in everything and get your healing to progress and not stay bound.

Today we will be talking about childhood hurts, this is something that I myself had been on a journey on once upon a time, to learn about and heal from. Because remember in life everything that we do, think or feel, most times have a root that can be linked to our past, going as far as childhood and if it is not dealt with can affect us in a major way in different friendships, relationship and with family too.

Childhood hurts for many could involve abuse – physical, mental, emotional you name it, lack of family units, bullying, self image issues, not feeling good enough etc.

The foundations that we have known, which have shaped our minds and actions to some extent, can be tainted and unhealthy. For so long that baggage of the past has then been on many people’s shoulders and the question one must ask is “are you really delivered?” Have you really let God in to deal with deeper issues of self you either don’t think about or have suppressed it for so long. To be delivered from what others did to you, as well as receiving the inner healing you so desperately need to be made whole and set free and not repeating life in cycles.

As a qualified counsellor the journey to this point has taught me so much more about people’s behaviour, their speech, feelings and view points on things. You find that a lot of people have deep wounds from parents and people from their past that have done them wrong and they have lived in the hurt for so long that they no longer know or even recognise who they are.

One thing I want to say and standby is that the moment you take your hurts to God, repent, seek forgiveness as well as forgive those who wronged you, will bring you healing, growth and a healthier mindset that no one can take the credit for. But if you do not take the steps to speak up and do what is right for you, you’ll find that you will keep staying and repeating in disappointments, self-sabotage, grudges, anger and setbacks. Don’t ever let the things of old and what people have done to you affect you so much that you lose your peace, guidance, joy and happiness.

This is not to justify or water down what you have been through, not at all. But to get you to sit up and let this post push buttons that need to be pushed and lead you back to our Father for your healing.

Playing the victim never gets anyone anywhere, it only keeps you stagnant wanting sympathy and when that is not shown you react and think everyone is against you. No special one- that is toxic living and you need to receive the deliverance that will take you from where you are now to a better, more fulfilling place in Christ.

This topic has been heavy on my heart for while, probably more now than before because I counsel people and see and feel the pain when they share things.

Let this be a starting point to get you thinking and take all hurts back to God and if you believe you are okay, still go back to God and ask Him to show you your heart and if here is anything you need to let go of.

Praying for you all and pray that this post will convict you and get you closer to Abba Father to help you heal and move forward in a healthier way.

 

Loving you in prayer

BE BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED

SPEAK SOON

COMPLACENCY AND THE DANGER OF IT

Hey everyone,

Hope you are well

 

Today we will be sharing on complacency-

Complacency can be seen as-

‘A combination with a lack of awareness and actions to progress in, an example of complacency is the type of attitude someone has had for a long time, of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.’

As we can see complacency is an attitude that one can say is built up over time, with dissatisfaction with ones current state and or achievements. You are in such a way when you feel as though your efforts aren’t enough, or that you have tried and maybe it is just best to stay with the average and not put in as much effort and work in, for different results.

Such a state can make one accept and do less than is necessary and that can be very dangerous because of what you miss out on had you given your best in the first place and not allowed yourself to become complacent.

 

Revelation 3:15-16 - “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

This scripture came to mind and it made me reflect deeply on the term complacency and checking my own life and if I am complacent in any way. It is not wise to be in such state, as the word says you are neither hot nor cold you are just there wondering day to day and get by doing and accepting the minimum.

No matter what life throws at you we should aim to not be lukewarm because the consequence of such will be God spitting you out of His mouth. How sad will this be if it were your story?

Do you know how deep and strong of a term this is, think about it when you don’t like the taste of something you are very quick to act on that distaste so that you are not associating yourself with it, so you do what will help the situation by spitting it out, because the taste is not something you want anymore.

We discard things we don’t like and if this is in the word to address lukewarm people, then we must ensure that we don’t become what God will spit out.

So reflect on areas in your life and see where you have been complacent and pray over it and let God address those things in your life. And go as far as praying for areas in your life where you have allowed yourself to become lukewarm.

 

 

Reflect on this-

-      Which areas in your life are you complacent in?

-      What do you struggle to do?

-      What is the root of this complacency?

Be blessed and encouraged

Speak soon

EUW

WHERE ARE YOU OPERATING FROM?

Hey everyone,

Trust you are well

It’s been a while, but we are back with new and fresh content and pray it will bless you.

I want to share this with you and pray it encourages you to dig deeper and do more. So recently on my journey one evening, God gave me this amazing analogy using my car.

I had to move to the far left for the cars opposite me to be able to pass and as I did that I heard the Lord say clearly to me that ‘If I decided not to move and give way to the cars ahead, all the cars behind me will be stuck. And as a leader that’s not how to act, we must act in accordance to what is right, so that those behind us can learn, be equipped and move not stay stagnant.’

At the time, in that moment, hearing this message I was able to take away a lot from this and was really encouraged. Because we know that working with people at times, let alone leading in what God has called you to lead in, can at times take its toll it is not always a smooth ride.

BUT we need to be made aware that it is not about us, but those we are called to serve and helping them as led by God is key. Because let’s face it, the actions we do today is what those who are behind us will look at and follow. We are ambassadors here on earth for Christ, doing what He has called us to do and so we need to reflect on-

-      How do you lead those God has called you to?

-      Where are you operating from? The spirit or the flesh?

-      What is your focus?

-      What are your struggles?

I just wanted to leave you all with this, to bless and encourage you to do more and be bold in what you do, as God is always in control and loves you very much to lead you on the right path.

Stay blessed and speak soon

EUW

UNITY SERIES - MONTH OF JANUARY 2017

Hey lovelies,

Let us pray,

Dear Father,

We thank you for everything we learn daily, we thank you for our lives, the air that we breathe, the peace that we have and so much more. Thank you Father for laying this unity series on my heart to share, thank you for all those reading this and those who took part in sharing what unity means to them, may we not just say what it means but act out what it means too, to be united, together, supporting and building each other up. We realise that unity is a meaty word with various parts to it. But my prayer is that we will all unite more, come together and not divide and continue to encourage each other daily. So help us Father to be doers of your word and together help build this kingdom, break down the dividing walls and come together as one, with the common aim to serve and know you.

In your precious, powerful, mighty name we pray. Hallelouyah

We want to thank you all for sharing what unity means to you, we have learnt a lot and been reminded of many important things, we can also apply to our lives. So thank you.

With that said we would like to leave you with part of the beautiful piece, an article from the founder and teacher John Piper- from desiring God speaking about unity. Below is the link for the whole article. Read and be blessed-

 

What Makes Unity Christian?

Article by

John Piper

Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

“Unity among two or more people gets its virtue entirely from something else. Unity itself is neutral until it is given goodness or badness by something else. So if Herod and Pilate are unified by their common scorn for Jesus (Luke 23:12), this is not a good unity. But if Paul and Silas sing together in prison for Christ’s sake (Acts 16:25), this is a good unity.

Therefore, it is never enough to call Christians to have unity. That may be good or bad. The unified vote fifty years ago in my home church in South Carolina to forbid blacks from attending services was not a good unity. The unified vote of a mainline Protestant denomination to bless forbidden sexual acts is not a good unity.

Christian unity in the New Testament gets its goodness from a combination of its source, its views, its affections, and its aims.

Source

Paul tells us to “be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is the great giver of unity. “In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Views

Paul says that pastors and teachers are to equip the saints “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:13). In other words, the unity we pursue is unity in the truth. Of course, Christian unity is more than shared truth, but not less. Paul piles up the words for common-mindedness in Philippians 2:2, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (see also Philippians 4:2). Everything is to “accord with Christ.” “May God . . . grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5).”
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-christian-unity 

 

GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL

WITH LOVE-

EMPOWERED UNITED WOMEN MINISTRY