Vine Life: To abide in Christ.
John 15 instructs us in the importance that we abide in Christ. While I was still in college, someone said, “To abide in Christ means to live in moment by moment conscious dependence upon Christ.” The definition rings true somehow in my heart with the context of the chapter. Jesus compares our relationship with Him […]Read more
Living at Optimum Capacity.
Optimum. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. In fact, I love having two or three. When Keurig became popular it changed the way we do coffee at our house. Every coffee is like freshly brewed pot. We have been hooked for a while. One problem, however, is that we have been […]Read more
Working Like Jesus!
Waiting before God for when He fulfills His promise also includes working the works of Christ. I am convinced that we too often attempt the work of God in our own strength and without His power. We are action oriented, and we have contingency plans in place just in case God doesn’t act. We seek […]Read more
The “Wrestling” of our Wait!
At times there is a “Wrestling” with God, perhaps more specifically God’s will in our prayer. Jesus told us to “wait” before God for the “When” of His promise. (Acts 1:4-8). Yesterday I mentioned that Jesus invited James, John, and Peter to “Watch and Pray” with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. We said that […]Read more
The “Watch” of Waiting.
When Jesus instructs us in Acts 1:4 to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He calls us to “watch” with Him in prayer. There is no better example in all of scripture of faithfulness to the ministry of prayer than Jesus. We see Him during His ministry […]Read more
Wait for the “When”.
In Acts 1:4 it says, “Gathering them together He (Jesus) commanded them to wait . . .” Notice Jesus did not make a soft suggestion or give a helpful hint to these early followers. It says that He commands them to not leave Jerusalem, but to wait until the promise of the Father is fulfilled. […]Read more