Monday, June 4, 2012

Final Countdown.....

     We are in the middle of staff training here at camp.  The energy is running high as we all begin to fully submerge our lives into camp this summer. It is amazing to see all these young adults on fire for Christ.... Another thing is the tidbits of wisdom we are gaining from the speakers at night.  I thought I would share with you a few things that have really spoken to my heart!!!

**When you are frustrated about all the interruptions in your life and/or ministry... remember those interruptions ARE YOUR ministry....

**If Jesus came today to pick fruit from your basket... What kind of fruit would he be picking?

**The Devil NEVER takes a coffee break
   "Be self-controlled & alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith"(1 Peter 5:8-9)

    What about YOU? Are you involved with something that takes up a lot of your time, energy & efforts??  Are you living in such a way that sometimes you wonder why you feel so depleted, empty or exhausted???? What I have realized is this.. we can have good intentions, but it will not mean anything if we take credit for it... God places us in situations, brings circumstance in our lives and people to be in fellowship with to help love, support and care for. However, if we will not take the time to meet at the foot of Jesus and have fellowship with him, we will burn out.. Everyone has a mission, and that is to be in a relationship with Jesus and bring his name glory!

John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing".

Its one thing to wonder how you fit in to the grand scope of things, so that you come to know who you really are - but when someone asks - who do you think you are? Chances are they are not really curious about your identity, but they are saying, whoever you think you are, you've got no right to be where you are, or to be doing what you are doing. And if that's the case, there is a very good chance, the next question will be, and what do you have to say for yourself.

Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches - Jesus gives us life, Jesus feeds us so that we may grow and bear fruit. And if we are in Christ, even how we grow is not something we get to choose. Think about it. Plants grow towards the light, they don't even need to be told. We grow in Christ, and we grow towards Christ. What does this mean? It means that you do not grow away from your faith, nor do you grow away from the church. If you're heading away, you're not growing - you're dying - why? Because that is the nature of sin. Sin separates us from God, that is, sin cuts us of from the vine, so that we wither and die. That's why this is important, that's why people need to know - because God doesn't want people to die - God wants people to live, and be saved - and Jesus is the only name given under heaven in which there is salvation.

Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches - and forgiveness is just like life from the dead. For if sin cuts us off from Jesus, then forgiveness is nothing less, that being brought back to life, by being brought back to Jesus. And that's the work of the church, to bring the good news of forgiveness, of new life, to those who are perishing in sin.

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches - and the Father is the vine-dresser, he prunes us so that we bear much fruit. Sometimes this can be hard to understand. We can be in Christ, and yet there is still a discipline that shapes us. Sometimes this pruning cuts off leaves, because there needs to be a balance between fruit and leaves. Sometimes this pruning cuts off fruit, because there is only so much we can bear. What is important is that God is shaping us for our good, and God knows who we are.

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