- Crushed Grapes Creates Sweet Wine
Oh if we could only learn to be like a sweet wine to this fallen world. Something so sweet and tasteful one swig would win any person to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yet we often forgot there is no wine without being crushed like clusters of grapes. Even worse many of us are constantly putting our energy and eyes on all the afflictions we are enduring. We tell everyone how bad we have it. We constantly remind both believers and unbelievers of all the pain we are going through. Unfortunately while crushed grapes is necessary to create the wine, we will win no one to Christ by telling them how crushed we are, we win them to Christ by our sweet taste. When a man goes to the store to purchase a bottle does he give any thought to how the grapes got crushed? No, he’s only searching for something sweet to satisfy his thirst.
If we are to have a constant flow of wine produced we are to be constantly crushed. The world needs our sweet tasting wine more than ever. Turn the whine into wine.
- Time of Preparation – George Warnock
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
- Romans 6:7
“For he that is dead is freed from sin”
Dead men don’t get offended. Dead men don’t have rights. Dead men don’t feel pain. Dead men are no longer bound by carnal desires. Dead men are free from sin. How much are we willing to die that He may live?
Christ didn’t shed His blood to just free us from this sin or that sin. He didn’t come to just come to change us a little bit. No it’s much bigger than that. He came to deliver us from our fallen humanity all together. We become spiritual beings living with true resurrections life. The life man shared with God before adam and eve disobeyed. It’s the life where we gladly say we walk with God in the cool of the day. This life is available to whomever will at anytime, but it comes with a cost.
Death to self.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
“ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 things came to mind while mediating on this verse.
First and foremost there is a condition. IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. We could also think of this verse in the opposite light. If God’s people don’t humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from there wicked ways then God won’t forgive our sin and heal our land. The choice is ours and while this verse is absolutely a promise it comes with a price on a personal level.
The second thing that came to mind is many times in the bible the word “land” is a type and shadow of our own individual souls. God isn’t only be talking about a people at large in this verse, but speaking to us as personal individuals. If we turn from our wicked ways and seek Him with ALL our heart He will heal our souls.
Let’s bring things down to ourselves and forget what the world at large is doing. We see the consequences of sin spreading like wildfire in our nations. The real question is are we as God’s people sitting back forgetting to bring everything into the light of Gods word? We can point our fingers at world leaders. We can point our fingers at a harlot church. We can point our fingers at all those consciously serving the enemy. Yet ought to take a good long look in the mirror and point that finger at ourselves. Bringing ourselves into constant judgement.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
- Prayers for Myanmar
One threat they face is being forcibly conscripted into the army by the junta. One pastor in a remote village told Open Doors’ partner Lwin*: “Last week, the village chief was asked to recruit 30 men for the military. Now the Christians, including the pastor, are hiding in the forest.”
- The Cross
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
The simplicity of this statement is so often overlooked. Truth isn’t subjective. Truth isn’t a set of rules or standards. Truth isn’t a doctrine. Truth is simply a person. Sanctification is a person. Deliverance is a person. Heaven is a person. Everything in it’s fullness is wrapped up in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
This is why the cross is so offensive. It doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t care what you have done, or what works you can do in your own self. It doesn’t care about your personality. It doesn’t care about your earthly treasures. If it’s not nailed to the old rugged cross and risen with Jesus Christ its like dung to the Heavenly Father.
What more do you have to do, where else do you have to be, what ambitions do you still have when you realize Jesus Christ has already done everything for you by shedding His blood on Calvary? My child the only thing left to do is to pick up your cross, and become crucified with your Lord and Savior. Feel those nails pierce through your hands and feet. Feel your head bow in surrender as you stare into death, the enemy of every man. When it feels as though you have completely lost yourself to this grueling experience of the cross, then and only then, can you now experience true resurrection life. You can cease from your own labors and be where He is with the Heavenly Father.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
- Purge Us
Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
You and you alone have we sinned against Heavenly Father. Wash us and make us clean. We hold you to your promises. Finish the work you promised in your children.
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