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

WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST IS ALL THAT MATTERS (PART ONE)

(PART ONE)

“We are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17)

 

We had our first gathering of the year last month and the area of identity came up. It was an eye opener to see how some of the ladies struggled to see how God saw them. It made me realise that with many of us, we know what the word of God says, we go to church, and we pray and speak of God’s goodness.

BUT if we don’t truly study the word to know and truly believe who God says we are then we will always struggle to live the life He has for us, whilst believing who He says we are.

So we have to take it back the root cause-

-      Why do you struggle to know what the word of God says?

-      What or who have you let in to make you doubt the truth?

-      How do you speak about yourself?

-      How often do you stay in God’s presence to hear Him?

 

The scripture above leads us to understand that our identity in Christ is one of newness and you are no longer the things you did, or the people’s opinions of you. How we are in Christ now should be how we see ourselves and not how we used to be in the world. I read somewhere that our identity can be defined as “the collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known.”

If you cannot recognise who you are in Christ, you will keep living below His standard for you, miss out on His best for you and will always be frustrated at life. When you are in Christ, that will be shown through your actions, your speech and how you treat others, you will be transformed from the inside out and not just one day, but daily as God will keep doing a beautiful work in us.

We are followers of Christ and no matter what life brings our way it is important to not let that stop us from being great. The difference now is that how we define ourselves will align to the word of God and not the ways of the world.

BE BLESSED

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY

Dear Father,

Thank you for our lives, thank you for healing, direction, strength, boldness and more, to help us go forward in all we do in life. I pray that those who are reading this will be encouraged by your words to have a better understanding of transparency and why it is important to be that way, living an unashamed impact here on earth. We wont always understand why things happen to us but we are to trust and believe in you to see us through it. May you make our crocked paths straight and work on any broken areas that need fixing. Have your way in all we do and say and may your name alone be glorified in all we do. So help us Father in your name we pray. Amen

What does it mean to be transparent?

To be transparent is to be open, to share what you have been through and how it has affected you. When you are transparent you are no longer ashamed, you are open and free to discuss what you have passed through to be able to help another who is going through similar. Your transparency will come across to others as someone who is bold, honest and sincere to let others into their world. It means you are not afraid and no longer bound by the things you were going through, in your transparent moments you can receive your healing and grow more spiritually.

You have nothing to hide because as it says in 2 Cor 5:17 ‘therefore if anyone, is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away behold, the new has come’

By this it says that, we are no longer those same people who did those things in the past, so now that we have become born again and know God, are made whole and renewed to be and do better. We no longer define ourselves based on our old selves, but we now define ourselves based on how God sees us. You more or less have the new-found freedom to speak and act with God leading you, you are no longer bound but set free.

KEY POINTS WHEN DISCUSSING TRANSPARENCY-

-People see your struggles and what you have battled with.

-There is no shame or fear to speak out

-You can receive your healing by being open as led to

-When God heals and delivers you – it is so that you can be a source of encouragement for those He has called you to serve

-There should be no judging when transparent moments are being shared- no one is perfect and the past is the past

-The fact that you are being transparent with others does not mean you are weak or emotional

-There is no time to be selfish, share what God has done and embrace the changes, you are no longer that lost person in the world.

-Strength comes from being transparent and wise in your steps

- With transparency comes obedience. Move when God says to move and speak

-You may have made all those mistakes but doesn’t mean God cannot use you

-Let His light shine upon you to be a blessing to many, from your mess comes a message and from all those tests comes a testimony. Despite what people say know where your truth comes from

-Galatians 2:20 – ‘I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’

To be transparent is to know who God is and have an intimate relationship with Him. When you know who He is and follow Him your assurance and trust in Him develops to be more content in who you are and accept that though you did what you did in the past you are no longer that same person. Do not feel the need to sugar coat all that God has done for you, it takes away the power of the transformation, it is when you lay it all out that you see step by step exactly what He has done and why your faith in Him should not be shaken. When you see this, you are encouraged and know that no matter what is to come you can face it because He will see you through it all.

The moment you can be transparent is to show others that the same God who saved you in the past and delivered you from all your troubles is the same God that you are looking to now who still working things out for your good- Romans 8:28

Whatever it may be that you have, or are passing through, God is still faithful now and forever more and will never change, in knowing this when we lay down our lives it will take us to the point of saying it is no longer my will but your will be done- to take up your cross boldly and follow Him. Not to say you wont face things going forward because we know that we cannot escape troubles in our lives especially when we are believers. The devil is forever trying to bring us down, but with God we know that despite all that He will see us through.

Be an example of His ambassadors here on earth and do not be ashamed because others may ridicule you, they just lack the spiritual maturity to see all that God has done for you. Keep on going regardless you are not here to please people, but only please God – Gal 1:10

Be encouraged and know that your story carries weight, a purpose and encouragement for others, you may not understand why when you are in that situation, but when you come out you will see His goodness and forever give thanks.

God bless you all

SELF-CARE

Dear Father,

Thank you for our lives, for healing, strength, your love, comfort and guidance in our lives. We may not always have the words to pray but thank you that you are our Father, who knows us so well and provides for us when we need something. Heavenly Father we love and appreciate you in all you do and pray to always remain focused on you alone in all we do.

So what is self care?

Self-care is the importance of looking ourselves in our day to day lives, it is the active and powerful choice to do things that will help us improve our health, whether physically, mentally, emotionally but more importantly spiritually. The well known practices of self-care include meditating, praying, exercising, dieting to name a few.

Will be touching more on self-care in regards to our hectic schedules, and spiritual walk.

We live in a very busy, jam packed London always having things to do, people to see, plans to make, errands, family commitments, jobs and so much more. But when it all gets too much how do you slow down and rest?

We need to be able to live a good life at a manageable pace that will not allow the work we do get on top of us, but to be able to feel healthy, happy, and at peace.

I am someone who works with a planned schedule, to help plan the days of each week ahead of time, deadlines set and how to go about getting those things done. I used to never be this organised, things always got on top of me, I would get sick and struggle to meet deadlines, until I stopped and sought after God to help me cut out what doesn’t need my attention and how to make time to rest more. It was a process and didn’t happen overnight, to tell you how tough it was, from having a full time job. God cut my hours to part time and then took the job away and gave me a warning to not go back to public work, but set up businesses to run, now I was really happy God stepped in to save me from the struggles of the workplace, and gave me a fresh start out of it alongside ministry. Because work and people were getting on top of me and time that should have been spent with God, was spent doing extra hours, overthinking about work and more. 

I tell you all this to say that if something is for you, or a venture is set with your name on it God will not give you more than you can handle in that opportunity. But rather what you can handle and times for rest. But it is when you cant cope and become drained and overwhelmed that you realise you were moving in the flesh, distancing from God and doing things in your own might as you saw fit to do so.

We all live busy lives, with things to do but are those things simply to remain being productive in your eyes, or are they aligned to God’s will in your life? Are you doing what He is leading you to do? Or are you doing what you feel is productive to do?

Take time out to reassess your moves, your plans, your intentions and if God’s hand is in it. Because you don’t want to be busy without reason or substance to that busyness. Anyone can be busy but it does not mean that it is productive. Anyone can have a plan but it does not mean that it is God’s plan. Be sure to seek God wholeheartedly in your plans and never feel that you aren’t worthy if you aren’t doing something.

YOUR BUSYNESS DOESN’T DEFINE YOU, IT RATHER WEIGHS YOU DOWN AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD, IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE TIMES WHERE YOU ARE STILL… THEN BE STILL AND LET GOD DOWNLOAD IN YOUR SPIRIT WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO DO. DON’T OVERWORK YOURSELF WITH WRONG INTENTIONS. BUT RATHER BE PRODUCTIVE AND HAVE HIS INTENTIONS AND MINDSET WHEN DOING THINGS.

1 Timothy 4:8 ‘..Exercise daily is good, no spiritual flabbiness, please, workouts in the gym are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and FOREVER, you can count on this, take it to heart…’

Yes it is good to look after ourselves externally but that shouldn’t be where it stops, we have our inner self to take care of. How in shape are you spiritually? Do you have an intimate relationship with God?

Don’t let society’s fast and vain ways make you lose yourself in only taking care of your outer being. The spiritual is by far more important, it is our faith in God that can heal not the clothes, makeup, hair etc. So we must learn to develop the faith we have by using our God-given abilities in service to serve. We always hear of people speaking about building their muscles, but how many of us exercise our spiritual muscles more? We cant neglect our walk for temporary things.

Set your priorities straight, cut off those who don’t add value to your life, cut out distractions and ensure that in every step you make, God is at the centre of it.

We are all limited resources, no one is perfect and so it is important to not lose focus on whose we are and what we are called to do, with this in mind –

‘If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden in Christ in God…’ Colossians 3:1-4

Seek the things that are above and not beneath a clear instruction to not let ourselves get caught up in the things of the world, and the fact that something is good doesn’t mean that it is of God. So be mindful of things and don’t get distracted, stay on course, focus on God and He will direct your path.

REFLECTIVE TIME-

Think about this, if you are tired and always worn down with tasks to do, how can you hear from God and be effective in the kingdom?

If you are always tired and preoccupied with things how will you grow and develop?

If you are always putting things before God, how do you expect Him to guide and equip you if you are full of yourself?

 

SELF CARE TIPS-

PRAY MORE

READ THE BIBLE MORE AND SEEK GUIDANCE

REMIND YOURSELF OF THE IMPORTANCE TO REST

KNOW THAT IT IS OKAY TO REST AND HAVE YOU TIME

ITS OKAY TO TURN OF YOUR PHONE

TAKE TIME ASIDE TO PLAN AND SPEAK TO GOD

HAVE A WARM BATH & REFLECT – SHUT THE WORLD OUT

DRINK A LOT OF WATER AND GET ENOUGH SLEEP

EXCERISE WHEN YOU CAN

PRAY OVER YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE

GET YOUR PEACE

 GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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