Sweeten on the Vine

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The Community Gardens in Oklahoma City

We can be extremely frustrated in life when things don’t work out in the time frame we think they should. Fruit that grows on the vine will taste sour if it’s picked too soon, some things take time to sweeten.

God makes all things beautiful in its time. He created us in His image for love, relationship and mission. Even when we lost our way, God sent His precious son to earth to rescue, restore and redeem us.

Now we can receive Jesus’ righteousness by faith and be reconciled to our Father God. As we come into son and daughtership with the King of Heaven, our Heavenly Father lavishes His love upon us.

The more we understand how much we are loved, approved and accepted in Christ Jesus, the more we will begin to know our true potential and purpose in life. In time the fruit of our lives will be sweet and nourishing not only for us, but nourishing for others as well, so that  they too are able to know their full potential and purpose in life.

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Reign and Flourish

photo (73)We can find that we are struggling in certain areas of life. We can try to hide and put on a facade, but healing happens where there is honesty and transparency.

God made us to be in constant union with Him, to have healthy relationships with others and to steward a divine purpose. He loved us so much that even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He still sent His precious son to earth for us.

Jesus gave His life in exchange for ours, so we could be the righteousness of God in Christ. Now we can know that God is with us, for us and on our side. We can know that He sees us righteous through the lens of Jesus, so we are able to be open up and be honest with Him and receive the healing we need.

As our Heavenly Father’s children we can boldly come to the throne room of God daily and receive the abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness that causes us to reign and flourish in every realm of life.

Romans 5:17 …those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Elements to Thrive

Flower field at sunset.We can become very frustrated in life when things take longer than we expect. When we try to force results it can lead to burnout. However, if we focus on making things healthy, then we will see growth because healthy things grow.

When a seed is planted in the ground it is important that the soil be healthy and that the seed gets plenty of water. Once it breaks the surface it will need sunlight too. When the plant has the right elements it will begin to flourish and bear fruit.

As we plant our lives in the church, the community of believers, we are planting in good soil. As we seek our Lord Jesus in prayer we are being watered by the Spirit of God, and when we meditate on the Word of God we are being exposed to the light of the Gospel.

These elements cause us to flourish and prosper in life. We can’t force ourselves to grow but the more time we spend with our Lord Jesus in prayer and in the Word, the more we will transform from the inside out into all we are designed to be and step into all that we are called to do.

John 15:5 (MSG) – I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.

Made for More

ViewtyWe can feel lost in life drifting from one thing to another. We can be directionless and not even know our own potential, but the truth is we are made on purpose for a divine purpose.

We bear the image of the infinite God of the universe and are made to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. God created us for union with Him, healthy relationships and a purpose to steward.

When we became lost, God sent Jesus to earth to rescue, redeem and restore us back to Himself. Jesus gave His life for ours, so we could receive His identity as the beloved child of God and have His endless life.

Now as we receive Jesus, we receive everything won for us at the cross on Calvary: His righteousness, peace, joy, comfort, favor, wholeness, restoration and redemption. We are brought into the family of God, where we receive acceptance, love and and a cause.

As we seek our Lord Jesus in prayer, we discover the purpose for which we were made; and as we abide in Him, we will transform from the inside out into everything we are made to be and step into all that we were made to do.

Replanted in Eden

treeGenesis 1:28 (MSG) – God blessed them:  “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!  Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

In life we can feel as if we are just here to survive and muddle through. However, nothing is farther than the truth. We were made in the image of the creator of the universe and He blessed us to create, lead and succeed.

As long as we were connected to the God of the universe we flourished. However, when we lost our connection and our perfect world we began to wither and fade. God loved us too much to leave us that way. He sent His only begotten son to earth on a search and rescue mission.

God became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. He dwelt among us, embraced us, healed us and set us free. Jesus gave His life for you and me at the cross on Calvary. Now we can receive His atoning finished work at the cross and be beloved children of God.

As children in relationship with our Heavenly Father we are able to step into our full design. As we receive God’s endless love, unmerited favor, gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace we reign in life. As we grow in knowing and understanding our righteous status in Jesus, we will be like a tree replanted in Eden flourishing in every realm.

Kingdom Dream

photo (40)In life we can find that we are lost, without a purpose. We can give up on our dreams because we have become too afraid to take chances, so we muddle through and try to just make it. However, we were not created to simply exist but to multiply and flourish.

God made us in His image. We bear the image of the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite God of the universe. Our creator gave us the biggest gift ever and that is to create like Him.

God not only made us in His image but He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to save us when we became disconnected. Love Incarnate left Heaven for earth to rescue, redeem and restore us. He gave His life for ours so we could be children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love.
As we receive Jesus we are not just made in God’s image we are also His adored and beloved children. Our Father God will give us kingdom dreams and empower, equip and grace us to fulfill them. We will find that our dreams are bigger than we can fulfill on our own, impact more people than we can imagine; and leave a legacy on the planet for generations to come.

The Garden He Dwells In

iStock_000043097660Large1 Corinthians 3:9 – …You are the vineyard, the garden, the house where God dwells.

In the beginning God made us in His image to steward a beautiful garden. We had perfect fellowship with Him as He dwelled with us in the garden in the cool of the day.

However, we lost everything when the world became upside down. We became separated from God and lost the perfection we had always known. God didn’t leave us lost, He sent His perfect love to rescue, redeem and restore us to Him and to our purpose.

Because of Jesus and His finished work on the cross we are now the garden that God delights in. We are God’s children upon whom He lavishes His love. Each one of us is as one of His plants that He desires to grow and develop so that we flourish and thrive.

He plants us in good soil so that we are connected with the community of believers. He tills the soil by removing the weeds of fear and worry that would starve His plants of needed nutrients.

We are diverse so that we are stronger together and more able to survive disease and predators, each one of us united growing stronger, and bearing a multitude and variety of fruit. We are His well-watered garden in which He dwells and makes His purposes known.

The Best is Yet to Come

Gold solar field of sunflowers in Tuscany, ItalyIn life we can feel unsure of what lies in our future. We can feel uncertainty that causes us to pull back from taking chances. However, we were not made to just make it through, we are made for an adventurous victorious future and destiny.

Before everything became lost we had perfect union with the infinite God of the universe. We had no reason to worry or doubt because all we knew was Him and perfection. We knew our future was bright.

When we lost our connection we also lost our confidence of that future. God loved us so much that He couldn’t leave us disconnected. He sent love incarnate to earth for each and everyone of us. Jesus embraced us, healed us and set us free. He gave His life for you and me so we could have abundant and endless life.

As we receive Jesus and His atoning work on the cross we are reconnected to our Heavenly Father and set back on the path of our destiny. God’s Spirit will lead us on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.

He will comfort us in dark seasons and lead us to a favored future that He has prepared for us in advance. As we abide in Christ we will fulfill our purpose, our cup will run over, mercy and goodness will pursue us all our days and we will dwell with God’s people in the community of believers. We will know that no matter the season in life, the best is yet to come.

Psalm 23:4-6 (MSG) – Even when I walk through the darkest valley I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn life we can worry so much that it robs our joy. Worry is like the weeds in a flower bed, they soak up all the nutrients in the soil leaving flowers to starve and decay. God created us to be light and free. He made us in His image to be connected to Him, and live in beauty and harmony while fulfilling our purpose.

We had everything in the garden: perfect fellowship with God, healthy relationship with each other, and we literally were given the fruit of our purpose which was stewarding the garden. When the world became upside down we lost our way and we lost our purpose. We had to make it all on our own and we became people of worry.

God loved us too much to leave us separated. He sent Jesus, love incarnate to earth to rescue, redeem and reconnect us back to Him. Jesus lived perfectly for us, died as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. As we receive Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, we receive His abundant supply of grace and the gift of righteousness that causes us to reign in life.

Now we can come to Jesus and exchange our sin, fears, worries, and despair with His perfection, peace, joy and restoration. As we grow in knowing Jesus, we will know perfect love which casts out fear. As we abide in Christ we will walk in supernatural rest and we will not need to worry because whatever we ask will be done for us.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” John 15:7

The Covering

almond flowers1 Corinthians 3:9 – …You are the vineyard, the garden, the house where God dwells.

One lesson I learned in gardening is to have a covering over your plants. If a gardener plants mulch over the soil, it minimizes evaporation of water up to 50% of the soil surface. Mulch stabilizes soil moisture which improves quality of vegetables and it controls weeds which can choke the life of the plant.

In God’s garden Eden we had perfect fellowship with Him and we were completely in our purpose. We had holistic health, peace, rest, vitality and longevity. However, our perfect world became upside down and we lost our connection to God.

God loved us too much to leave us disconnected, so He sent His perfect love to win us back. Jesus came to earth and reconciled, redeemed and restored us back to our Heavenly Father and back to our purpose.

Now we are God’s garden, His vineyard which He tends to lovingly. God covers us with relationships in the community of believers. As we are drawn to His spiritual house the church, God places people in our lives as a covering.

He gives us gifts in apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He brings relationships to edify, strengthen and encourage us towards our destiny and purpose. As we all come together as the body of Christ yielding our individual desires to join in one cause, one purpose, we will see heaven come to earth; and as we are joined with one another we will find that we flourish in life.