Cast Up A Highway



Words That Sustain

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 5:50 AM

John 15:5-8

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

The Book of John is one of my favorites in the Bible! He loves Jesus and Jesus' love for him and for us comes through beautifully; so we can enrich our relationship with Jesus when we take the time to meditate on this Book. Jesus compares our relationship to a vine bearing fruit. He is the vine, the main carrier of life. When we keep our 'branch' attached to the vine, His life 'sap' flows into us, and we keep healthy and grow strong, bearing fruit in season.

Painting at the left is by well known artist, Heidi Jung; current exhibit is at Denver Botanical Gardens until 11/6/16

God is the vinedresser who cares for the plant pruning and feeding. So long as we keep attached to the vine, and Jesus life flows into us, we fulfill our destiny growing plump and juicy fruit. . . that is, growing in intimacy with Him, knowing our assigned work, and receiving help in accomplishing it. If we tear ourselves away from the vine and detach from it, no life can flow into us and we fall to the ground and die.

Another beautiful work by Heidi Jung in life /death cycle series now at the Denver Botanical Gardens until 11/6/16

In looking at these verses, I can see so clearly how necessary it is to cling to Jesus and His teachings, for the Word of God is actual food for our body, soul and spirit. It is the life that flows from Jesus into us nurturing our being with truth, building our faith, and enabling that intimate relationship with our God. It is a wonderful analogy, because it builds a picture in our minds of Jesus life flowing into us, a vision that continually expands our understanding.

God’s Word is the adhesive that cements our relationship with Him. His Word works in our hearts to draw us closer, it’s like the air we breathe~ His love surrounds and permeates the atmosphere beautifully, elegantly filling our entire being. As we read and hear His Word, it is alive and gathers in our hearts, planting in us the openness of a child, it becomes the Bread of Life, Jesus.

As we come to be carriers of His Word sharing it with others, Holy Spirit leads and guides us to those who also want to have a deep relationship with God. The close connection we construct with Jesus, with God, allows our communication with Him to thrive. Jesus taught us we can go to the Father and talk with Him and make requests of Him, and He will hear us. For we have honored Him by the inner presence of Jesus, His love, His Words, His commands in our hearts. Our lives are centered around Jesus.

Enjoy the Book of John, my friends! I’ll blog on more next time.

Meanwhile, may His wondrous love be paramount in your lives!

Categories: God's Love , Faithful God , God's Word

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.