"You did not choose Me,
but I chose you
and appointed you
that you should go and bear fruit ..."
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Dear Saints who are called to pray for your counties, let’s look again at the word of the Lord:
“These days you’re coming into are glorious beyond description.
Abide in Me
Abide in My Word
Abide in My love for you.
Love cancels out the plans of the devil and his cohorts. Love abiding is the most powerful force on earth. Love empowers your faith to work and move.”
Abide in Me
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4
Abide in My Word
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7
Abide in My Love
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:10
What does it mean to abide?
Remain, live, dwell, stay, reside
How do we do this when we’re SO busy with life these days?
When you know that your life is at stake if you don’t eat food and drink water, you make the time.
For Believers who are interceding for their counties, effectual prayer will not take place without staying connected to the vine. Make the early morning choice to live your day with the Lord. Practice His presence all day long as you would a close companion. Meditate on the scripture He has given you.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIVINE CONNECTION OF THE VINE
- “Grace and peace be multiplied to you
- in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
- as His divine power has given to us all things
- that pertain to life and godliness,
- through the knowledge of Him
- who called us by glory and virtue,
- by which have been given to us
- exceedingly great and precious promises,
- that through these
- you may be partakers of the divine nature,
- having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
His divine power is the power of God the Father, to whom belongs eternal power. He is almighty and can do all things; El-Shaddai, YHWH, the One who mightily nourishes, satisfies, and protects; our All-Sufficient Sustainer; the all bountiful One who abundantly blesses with all manner of blessings. He is absolute power!
Partakers of the Divine Nature
What is the divine nature? How did we get it?
“… having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever…” 1 Peter 1:23
“who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
Your identity with divinity pleases God.
Example: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Transformation: Becoming One with the Eternal God
Our divine nature came through the divine Word of God.
That nature is on the inside of us, in our spirit man. The divine nature came as a result of hearing and obeying the message of salvation and receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It has nothing to do with our good religious works.
The divine nature within you came because of our Savior’s sacrifice. It is His nature, the eternal Word of God that caused us to become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things passed away, all things are new… in the spirit. See 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Divine Nature
The Who I Am in Christ Scriptures is a list of the divine nature, the “new you” and what you have been given.
Here are a few of those scriptures:
I am holy and without blame before Him in love…Ephesians 1:4
I am redeemed from the curse of the law…Galatians 3:13
I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise…Ephesians 1:13
I am qualified to share in His inheritance…Colossians 1:12
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus…2 Corinthians 5:21
I am complete in Him…Colossians 2:10
Although the divine nature is within us, our mind must be renewed often with God’s Word so that we do not become depleted and begin to conform to the influence of the world again. Jesus said His words are spirit and life to us. They are medicine to all our flesh. The Word of God is systemic, carrying nourishment, just as the vine brings life to the branches.
The “Who I Am in Christ Scriptures” can and should be used against the fiery darts, the lies of the wicked one, who is the accuser of the brethren.
Example: Lies that attack your godly self esteem or confidence can easily be deflated with the truth: “I am complete in Him!” Jesus used scripture when dealing with the enemy in the wilderness. See Luke 4:1-13. Resist the enemy and he will flee from you because you have the might of the all-powerful One within you.
Your reason for living is enveloped in the divine nature. Just as Jesus was born with a purpose to fulfill, your new birth certificate declares your citizenship is in Heaven and that you now have an assignment as an Ambassador for Christ. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.
Divine Connection: Being Fruitful and Productive in the Vine
We have the divine right to enjoy all the benefits God has provided for us. This is not only pleasing to us, but pleasing to God as well.
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As we abide in the vine every day, the fruit of the spirit will dominate the lusts of the flesh bringing us contentment. The divine nature and divine power will bear fruit naturally, for us and for others also. Read Galatians 5:16-26
God’s divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him, exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these we may partake of the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world.
The divine power and the divine nature are really one, as is the vine and the branches are one. Moses asked God, who shall I say sent me?
“I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14
This is the Almighty, the all-powerful God who created the universe, whose Spirit resides within us, divinely conjoined as one.
Our Father’s desire, even before Adam sinned in the garden, was to be one with man, to be one with His family.
- “…just as He chose us in Him,
- before the foundation of the world,
- that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
- having predestined us to adoption as sons
- by Jesus Christ to Himself,
- according to the good pleasure of His will
- to the praise of the glory of His grace,
- by which He made us acceptable in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6
What is the name of this glorious family that is united with the Eternal God?
The Glorious Church, the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise God!
“For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”
Divine power! Divine nature! Divine identity!
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
“Holy Brethren, forgive and love one another as I have loved you.”
Praying for our counties every week:
THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
Jesus is coming soon!
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