mannnn , today was uncomfortably humid :S
hope all of your days were good
haha kay so my QT is going to be a little bit all over the place this time
i read john 15 and i got A LOT out of it and its hard to put it all into one so i might jump here and there
in verses 1-4, it talks about how God is the gardener of our lives, and Jesus is the true vine. He is our source and supply. We need to remain in Him because in Him we bear fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.
Verse 9.... hahaha i thought it was pretty deep. God loved, loves, and always will love us. Now we need to remain in His love. This sort of reminded me of that one parable about the father and his two sons. (Luke 15: 11-32)
It talks about how one son stays loyal by the father's side, but the other son goes astray. The son leaves and spends all of his riches and goes back to the father begging. He goes there thinking that his father wont take him back but his fathers reaction takes him by surprise. The father welcomes him with open arms like nothing bad ever happend.
This is what God's love is like. We may run away, and 'leave' God... but God never leaves us. He loves us MORE and is always waiting for us to return. I think my friend... who is also a pastor.. stole this from a movie, but its a really good phrase. God is always reaching out for us 90%. All we got to do is reach out that small 10%. God wont turn His face from us, He is waiting, and will always welcome you with open arms. His love is TRULY unfailing !
verse 16, talks about how God chose us from the very start. Nothing that happened up to this point was an accident, it was all part of God's plan, and in Him we will bear much fruit. Because He appointed us, the fruit we bear will last forever. And we need the kind of faith , where when we pray, we need to believe that God will answer all of our prayers. I remember someone asked me "well what happens if God doesnt answer all of our prayers? I mean... He doesnt always..." It's true. God has the decision to whether he wants to or not right? He does whatever is according to the plan He has for us, and if it doesnt fit well then... yeahh hahaha
But we need to have the strong faith that He WILL answer, and wait patiently. And whatever we do pray for, needs to be through the true vine, and when we pray, there needs to be a relationship with God there!
verses 18-27 talks about how we dont belong to the world. The world may hate us, and will have us struggle a lot in our lives, but none of that matters. We hve God on our side. And the reason why the world hates us, is because we dont belong to the world... we belong to God. And because we belong to God, we shouldnt try to please the world, but we need to please GOD ! why do you think we pray TO GOD, and worship GOD? its because we belong to HIM and not the world... I remember not too long ago, before i came to Mil Al, and still on going ESPECIALLY within my vision x congregation. I had reputation. I was always considered as "the praise leader" or "the good little christian girl whos got it all together" or "the girl who knows just what to say." or i was told things like "omg, this girl is such a good christian... when you talk to her, you can see the holy spirit SHINING in her!" WOWWWWWWW , so much pressure right there. I started stressing under the pressure, and i was so conscience about my every move... but it says it all there in those verses! I shouldnt be trying to please those people.. but i should be trying to please God.
It says in Acts 4:19
"But Peter and John replied,'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God."
we shouldnt be people pleasers, we need to be people who please God!
lets keep that in mind
good night everyoneeee ^^