Monthly Archives: February 2012
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – [Jhn 15:5 NASB]
I’ve noticed that a lot of visitors arrive at my blog with searches pertaining to bearing fruit. Although, I have already written a blog post about bearing fruit “What Does it Mean For a Christian to Bear Fruit?”, I want to revisit this very important subject. Hopefully, I have experienced Christ to a greater extent, so that this post will flow with more of Him than the previous post.
In the above verse, we see that if we are to bear fruit, we must abide in Christ.
Yesterday, I read a good blog post on abiding in Christ by a dear brother in Christ. You can read Daniel Norlin’s blog post called “Abiding” at By His Feet. You should go read it. It has a great quote from Andrew Murray and its a quick read. Here is a quote from his post:
“…All the work is the Lord’s. All is done by the might of the Spirit (and we get to be vessels for Him and His power). Even remaining in Christ, remaining in Love.” – Daniel Norlin
Have you ever wondered what a tree must do to bear fruit? Does a tree have to find food? Does a tree have to go find water? Does it strive to reach the soil. What a silly idea! We are not even the tree. We are branches on the tree.
We are branches on the Vine Tree, the Tree of Life, the risen and living Christ.
In my previous post on bearing fruit, we saw that the fruit that we are to bear is the fruit of the Spirit.
So, now we see that we bear the fruit of the Spirit by abiding in Christ by the Spirit. We have the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us. We are deeply and intimately connected to our Life Source. Christ’s Life is in our Spirit and we just turn to our Spirit that the Life may spread and saturate us.
Let me get one thing out of our way that may cause us to stumble. Objectively, we are always abiding in Christ. But, I don’t think that is what Jesus was referring to. We may not always be abiding in Christ in our subjective experience.
If we are not living and walking by the Spirit, we are not abiding in Christ, and we cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit.
We must always be turned to our Spirit, seeking the will of our Father. There is no method. Even turning to the Spirit is nothing of ourselves, but it is Christ within us.
If we are to abide in Christ, we must rely on the Spirit every moment. Turn to the Lord in your Spirit and speak words of love to Him. Listen for His voice. Talk to Him about everything you do. Just sit quietly and enjoy Him. Share Him with your brothers and sisters in Christ. There are no rules to abiding in Christ and bearing fruit, but whatever the Spirit is prompting you right now.
Let God do all for you, in you, and through you.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – [Gal 2:20 NASB]
The Spirit as the River of Life, is the flowing Life of God. Open yourself up to Him and drink in the Living Water. Christ as the Tree of Life is the growing Life of God. Open yourself up to Him and eat of Him. You will find that the River of Life and the Tree of Life are inseparable and you cannot experience one without the other, for they flow and grow together, spreading the eternal Life of God.
So by turning to our Spirit, the Life of God flows and grows in us and through us, saturating us and spreading to everyone that we contact. This Life, which is just Christ Himself, brings forth the fruit of the Spirit from within our innermost being.
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. – [2Cr 3:16-18 NASB]
“You shall anoint the laver and its stand, and consecrate it. Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water.” – [Exd 40:11-12 NASB]
Today, like most other days, I went to work.
I went out into the world and I got dirty.
Have you had this experience? I am sure that you have. I work outside, so I get dirty everyday.
I shower in the morning, before I go to work. Then, I need a shower when I get home, because I stink. I smell like the world that I have spent eight hours in.
You can’t be in this world without getting dirty. This is true physically, as well as spiritually.
We need to be washed by the Lord. We must take Christ as our Shower. I am not talking about being washed by His blood, although we do need that for our sins. Instead, I am talking about being washed by Christ as the Water to cleanse us of death, of uncleanness.
We live in a world of dust and death. I am certain that each of us touches something of death each day.
We need to turn to the Lord throughout the day to wash us and bring us back to the freshness of His Life.
We see that Christ wants to wash our feet by His Spirit, in the New Testament.
Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” – [Jhn 13:10 NASB]
Why was it so important for Jesus to wash the disciples’ feet? Our feet are the only part of us that must be in contact with the world. He wants to cleanse us of that dust that we pick up while in the world. We were made from dust, but God has made us into living stones. He is not satisfied with us as just living stones, He is forming us into precious stones, without dust and without blemish.
But, we are living stones that are being built together into as House for our Father. So, we must wash each others’ feet.
“If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. – [Jhn 13:14-15 NASB]
Christ wants to cleanse us through each other. When we gather together, we wash each others’ feet by the Spirit, renewing each other to spiritual freshness.
Praise God! Christ is the reality of our showers.
- The Altar of God is Very Low (thekingspresence.wordpress.com)
‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’ – [Exd 20:26 NASB]
Here we see the difference between God’s way and religion. Ancient pagan altars were built in high places. Modern religions build up requirements that you must strive to achieve.
God’s altar is very low.
The altar is a type of the cross and Christ, who was crucified on it. You do not need to walk up any stairs or achieve anything in order to reach the cross. The crucified Christ is within everyone’s reach.
We just need to offer up Christ as our offering, identifying ourselves with Him in His death and resurrection.
If there were stairs, our nakedness might be exposed. Our nakedness goes back to Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve sinned. But, God killed an animal and clothed Adam and Eve with its skin. That animal was also a type of Christ, in His death, and as our Clothing.
The nakedness symbolizes our natural self, which was poisoned by sin, and can never please God. But, Christ took our old man on the cross with our sins. Thus, we no longer have to live by the old self because we have a new self, which is just Christ Himself.
God’s altar is within everyone’s reach. When we offer Christ as our sacrifice to God, we are clothed with Him. Praise God! We don’t need to strive to reach Him, for He has brought Himself low for us.
It really hasn’t been too long since I decided to stop blogging and I am already contemplating blogging again. Let me explain to you what this has been all about. I don’t want to share with you just knowledge. Instead, I want to share something of the living Christ that I have experienced.
Knowledge is gained easily, but profits little. We need Wisdom and Understanding, which come from our experience of Christ. Indeed, Christ is our Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding.
I really appreciate those of you who have encouraged me and stuck with my blog through this little break.
I don’t plan to blog on a regular schedule, because then it feels forced. I will probably blog rather erratically.
Whenever I feel that I have something of Christ that I would like to share with you, I will write a blog post.