Lord is saying: You please me. Not because of what you do, but
because of who you are. You berate yourself, Yet I look at your
heart. I know that your heart's desire is to please me. Keep in
step with me and look upwards, not downwards or within. I am the
answer to all your problems.
Dead to sin - Alive
For years I stood on
the scripture, "It is no longer I who lives but Christ who
lives in me" and the other one "I am dead to sin and
alive to Christ". I knew God said it in His word and I was
determined to believe it, against all the odds of what I saw in
myself and what others said. But its not something that God will
give me if I believe hard enough. Its something that is.
All I need to do is acknowledge
the truth of it so I can rest. Its like being blindfolded and
someone saying "there is a chair underneath you, its been
there all the time, just sit down"
When we were born again, the old
man died 100% and the new man came alive 100%. Our new nature
is now all God, not half flesh and half spirit.
Romans 6:9-11 We
know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no
longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once
and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you
too must think of yourselves as (being) dead to sin and living
for God in Christ Jesus.
We are not needing to crucify our flesh daily, what we are needing
to do is acknowledge the truth daily about our new nature.
An apple tree bears fruit, just because
its an apple tree, a pear tree bears pears, You child of God will
bear the fruit of the Spirit, just by being who you really are.
Jesus said, You did not choose me
but I chose you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring
.John 15 16. The word ordained is "tithemi"
denotes "to place" "in a passive or horizontal
Well what does a branch do, it lays
horizontally, placed in the tree while the sap permeates through
all of its being, and therefore it bears fruit, Jesus was talking
about a place of rest.
In this same chapter at verse 1. He
tells us that He is the vine, we are the branches, that we are
cleaned by the word, that if we abide in Him and His word abides
in us, we will bring forth much fruit. When we stop negating God's
word with our fears, that life of God automatically brings the
fruit of holiness into our life. Its just a natural thing that
cannot help but happen when we know the truth of who we really
are in Christ.