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.

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.”

Wall of Fire

The Lord allows some Christians to be killed and some Christians to be protected. Here is a powerful story of the Lord protecting some Christians in Africa:

This is from What Saith the Scripture?:

The current fighting in Central Africa is a regional war which now involves eight African countries. Last summer it spilled over into Congo where American Baptist Missionaries have remained. The genocide and senseless killings in some areas have occurred so often that many in the Western world have become immune to the tragedy in this part of Africa. But God’s people have been praying and He responds in sometimes miraculous ways. The following story did not make the evening news.

Tutsi soldiers had broken down the door of a young pastor’s house and stood poised to slaughter by machine gun fire, him and his entire family right where they sat. Their intent was to massacre the civilians in this Hutu village. “Wait! the young man implored, would you not allow my family and I a moment to pray before we die?” I can almost picture the sneers on the face of these soldiers as they watched this family, an African couple and their young children soberly kneel, arm in arm, in a circle on the floor and pray to God for mercy. The remarkable thing is that the expected shots never came. After praying, the family slowly stood up and saw that the soldiers were gone, not only out of their house but away from their village as well. It was not until several months later they found out just what had happened.

At a church meeting in another town where Christians from both sides had gathered to pray, this young pastor told his story and the seemingly miraculous way in which the soldiers “just disappeared from his house and village.”

“I think I can explain,” came a quiet voice from the back of the room… spoken by one of the Tutsi soldiers who had been there that fateful day. “You see,” said the soldier, “I was there when we broke into your house. I was one who had your children lined up in my rifle site as you kneeled and prayed… when suddenly a wall of fire, fierce and ferocious, jumped up and surrounded the lot of you. We couldn’t even see beyond the flames. Due to the intense heat and fire, we knew the house would burn down so we fled. When we went outside and saw your home consumed by fire and yet not destroyed, we fled the village as well. Later I realized that this was not the type of fire we are familiar with but a fire sent by God. If this is how your God responds, I want to know Him too! I am tired of the fighting and the killing… this is why I came tonight.”

Miracles abound in war torn Central Africa. Prayer is, and will always be, the only response to the tragedies and crises in our lives.
A mighty fortress is our God…

“For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a Wall Of Fire round about, and will be the Glory in the midst of her” (Zechariah 2:5).

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