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Cast your care on Him

The world searches for power in greater strength.
God demonstrates that greater power is found only in weakness.

The world searches for life through abundance.
God promises His abundant grace for greater life.

The world searches for satisfaction in more things.
God offers satisfaction only in Himself.

The world searches for significance in personal potential.
God confirms that significance is never found apart from Him.

For what are you searching? What are your hopes and dreams?

There is a heart-felt desire, a desperate need, common in the hearts and lives of all human beings. This desire, this need, is correctly identified as a search for strength because humans are weak. It is a search for abundance, because you are inherently needy. It is a search for satisfaction because you realize you are not whole. And this desire is a search for significance, because your battle against personal insignificance never ends.

What so few people realize is this: all of the things for which you seek is merely a search for God.

The Apostle Peter wrote,
God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time (1 Peter 5.5-6)

This is so antithetical to worldly, human reasoning as to be laughable. But the Word of God is clear: you must be reduced to the point of submission under God’s infinitely
powerful hand so that He, personally, may raise you up at just the right time.

You can’t do it without Him.

In fact, Jesus said, “…apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15.5)

You can’t do anything without Him. You can’t.

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Consider the outflow

At the time of this writing, the NC Outer Banks are being battered by the waves and wind of an approaching Hurricane Earl. I do hope and pray the damage will be minimal. We have all seen pictures illustrating the devastating effects of such a terrible force of nature. The power released in a hurricane is 200 times the electrical generating power of the entire world. One scientist estimates that a hurricane can release power equivalent to more than 11,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs (Manuel Garcia, Jr.).

It’s hard to imagine anything on earth more powerful than that. But there is power greater than a thousand hurricanes, a million hurricanes, greater than an infinite number of hurricanes … and that power is inside you.

Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7.38).’”

The phrase, “rivers of living water,” might cause one to envision a relaxed, pastoral scene with a healthy stream of water moving quietly through the countryside between flower-laced river banks. That’s certainly a nice thought bringing a sense of peace to a troubled soul. But the “rivers of living water” Jesus referred to is the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit moves, He most often does so very quietly, bringing little attention to Himself, but He moves in universe-transforming power.

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Our lives display Jesus to the world

As Christians we are to be God lovers and fruit bearers.

In John 15 Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15.1-2

We know that the purpose of a fruit vine is to produce fruit. But think of this: the fruit that is produced, points back to the vine and declares what the vine is. For example, grapes declare to the world that it’s bearer is a grape vine. This fact is elementary in the field of horticulture, but it carries a far deeper meaning when applied to the spirit realm in which we live.

Jesus used the analogy of vine and fruit to describe Himself. He said, “I am the true vine.” Jesus is the One who supplies the fruit. The fruit borne by Jesus certainly includes Paul’s list in Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5.22-23).

The fruit of the Spirit, produced by Jesus, the “true vine,” actually describes who Jesus is.

It gets better. Jesus involves you and me in His self-describing fruit production!

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Letter from Jesus About Christmas

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. . . although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

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God-lovers and fruit-bearers

It’s really very simple. As Christians we are to be God-lovers and fruit-bearers. That’s all. The application, however, the living out of those words is easier said than done.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible describes the incredible, incessant quest of a loving God seeking the love and fellowship of His greatest creation: you and me.

No being, real or imagined, has ever existed who has gone to so great lengths to gain the love of another. God went so far in His pursuit that He actually sent His only Son on a mission of mercy, a mission of deliverance, a mission of love to win our freedom from sin and to draw us near to Himself.

We cannot truly live this life apart from our Creator God, this God who wants us to call Him “Father.” We can do nothing of consequence, we cannot live productively, we cannot experience true fulfillment, we cannot know true joy apart from a close, personal, loving relationship with our Father God. He made us that way.

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