Week 6

February’s theme is Abide. 

The week 6 verse is :

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:13-16‬ ‬‬

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

The word ‘live’ is also translated ‘abide’ and ‘dwell’ depending on which version you read.

We dwell in God, and He dwells in us. Find out more and share your lovely creative moments here this week!

Week 5

Week 5John 15:1-11 NIV

I have an  NIV journaling Bible and the word ‘abide’ is not used in this translation. In the Greek ‘abide’ is ‘meno’ and means: abide, dwell, remain in, continue in.

In studying, I learned so much that I decided on a simple illustration as I know that I will want to put more on that page later.

The whole passage boils down to abiding in the Lord, His Word, and His Love. I decided that was the crux of all of it: abide. And not only should I dwell in Him, but He will dwell in me. We are one when I follow His commands, with His love, and allow myself to be cleansed through the pruning of His Word.

The thing about a vine is that the branches don’t try to grow, they just do because the nutrients come from the vine. Sometime branches die, and they need to be cut off and thrown out; they’ve outgrown their purpose. A dead branch takes up nutrients it doesn’t need. It’s time to make room for a healthy one to grow.

When a branch does bear fruit it needs to be pruned afterward so that new fruit can grow in the next season.
So, all this cutting is not a bad thing. Healthy fruit will grow after the branch has been pruned.  Dead or fruitful, either way, branches will be cut. And cutting is unpleasant, but necessary. When the new fruit grows you forget the pain and, instead, rejoice.

How do we, the branches get trimmed? In verse 2 the word ‘pruned’ or ‘purged’ is kathairo and really means ‘cleaned out’.  In verse 3 Jesus tells us that we are already clean by His words. The Greek word for ‘clean’ is kathoros. His spoken words to me have already pruned me. And, according to verse 7, if the Words I actually heard stay inside me, I can ask anything of the Lord and it will be done for me.

I can go on and on. But I’ll let you hear from Him yourself. That is why I didn’t want to fill the page yet. I’m getting so much out of this I could fill an art journal.

*** I got a new toy I wanted to use, a Silhouette Portrait ‘die’ cutter. I had it cut out the word so I could use my Red Folk Art metallic acrylic paint for the lettering. I applied stencil adhesive to the back of my die cut and placed it on the page so it wouldn’t move and paint wouldn’t bleed beneath the letters. Well, it ended up tearing a bit of the page and still leaking under a couple of letters. At first I was disappointed, but then I remembered that this process isn’t about perfection, but learning to express His heart even in my imperfect way.
I used a small angled brush with metallic copper acrylic and slowly dragged it across the page for the branch. I twisted the brush a bit to give it a branch-like quality. Added leaves and a small bunch of grapes later. I felt it needed something else, so I wet and put Gelatos onto a piece of Mylar and smeared it over the page.

Jn 5:1-11
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

I don’t want a mansion

Have you heard that Jesus is preparing a Mansion for us in Heaven?  (John 14:2) Well, if you study the KJV word for “mansion,” Mone, you find that it actually means a dwelling place or a place of remaining.  But whose dwelling place?

When I think of a Mansion I think brick and mortar, extravagant furniture and large rooms. Nice thought BUT not what Jesus was saying. There is something better than a Mansion that awaits us.

In verse 23 Jesus tells us that IF we love Him, then we’ll obey Him AND then Father (Abba) will love us too and LIVE with us NOW.  The word LIVE (or remain, abide) in this verse is… tada! Mone. I believe Jesus had to go to Heaven so that all of us (the many “mansions”) would be able to be a dwelling place for God.  That means we have a new home in Him and He has a home in us.

My body is a temple?  Read John 15.  Specifically, let’s look at verses 4-11:

4 Remain (abide, dwell) in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Check this out – the Word ‘remain’ is the root-word for the word ‘mansion.’  So the whole ‘going to prepare a place for you’ means that He is going so that we can have constant fellowship with Him:  A never-ending stream of fellowship between us and God.  Not later, but now! This is a present tense paragraph.

We must REMAIN in the vine in order to produce fruit.  The Father’s love, power, word, whatever He has, flows through the vine just like the nutrients through a plant.  If we live connected to that vine, guess what…We get that love, power, word, etc. flowing through us.  Then we can produce love fruit, power fruit, word fruit, wtvr!  What joy we have when we are remaining in Him!  Way more joy than thinking about some mansion we might inherit up in heaven.

What will we need a house for when we’re in heaven anyway?  When I go there, I hope to stay 24-7 at the feet of my Lord and enjoy His presence.

Unfortunately, due to our beloved King James and his translators, the poor masses were given hope that they too would live in a mansion one day.  But because the word was incorrectly translated many in the Body of Christ today are waiting for their mansion in heaven someday instead of dwelling in Christ today. 

He abides in you and you in Him; you are a Temple of the Holy Ghost. YOU are the place that the sinner can come to meet Jesus. Christ IN you the hope of glory.  Stop putting off the responsibility for the lost onto the Church Infrastructure. No more excuses!  The fields are white and ready to harvest let’s go get ‘em.

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