Growing Fruit

Luke  13:6 a-3

 

“A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.

Let me work on the ground let me dig around it and fertilize it. The digging  and fertilization in our lives is our trials and tribulations, Jesus uses these tools to break up our fallow ground so that we can bear much fruit. Digging is a process and it takes time to get that ground ready, just picture in your mind the soil being chucked with shovels and picks, painful picture right if the soil could feel.We do feel the blows that our trials and tribulations bring!  But God knows what the ground needs to produce fruit and He knows what we need to produce fruit . God is coming after what He has put in us for the good of others and to build up strength and character in us. All  of the good fruit God has in  us is so that we can  shine like pure gold and we know how it sparkles! :) grabbing the attention of others.  As we know all fruit trees don’t bear the same fruit and neither will we.  All fruit trees have there season and so do we, so don’t beat yourself up or your brothers and sisters, it takes time and much work to get good fruit popping!    Jesus is the Vineyard Keeper and His work in us will come forth, did He not say stay connected …
John 15:3 (NLT)

3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

Jesus has made many great promises to us that believe and He will surely fulfill them. In spite of all of our pain and suffering here God has a perfect place prepared for us,and as we keep our minds on Jesus we will be able to handle the pressure. After all we have not been called to suffer  as  Jesus did,praise God! He endured  knowing what was in front of him so  can we.

Hebrews 12

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Our good fruit will come forth! Hold on and Don’t Give Up! Thank you Father for being long suffering and patient with us Amen!

Love in Christ Pat

Job Did What?!

I can only imagine! Job lost his children all of them,all of his animals,the sheep and all of the shepherds, all of his camels and his servants! And we think we have it bad! It’s really hard to loose stuff but loosing all of your family at one time can really take a toil on your mind and body. I get really upset when I loose things or when things are not going my way! But Job has a lesson here for us. Instead of running to our friends or Pastor,there is nothing wrong with that,but we must learn to do as Job did! He remembered to whom he belonged and keep his faith in tact. Sometimes when bad things happen we often wonder why all of this happened to good people,well Job was blameless in God’s sight and yet much  trouble came to him. Often our trials come and take us by surprise and we are devastated! But Job went to Praise Position instantly! Immediately when Job heard all of the bad news he…

Job 1

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Oh wow this just blows my mind! Job didn’t fuss and complain or try to blame others,no he went directly into Praise Mode! And so should we,after all God has allowed every trial that comes and He has planned a way out for us. If you’re in the midst of something and you feel you can’t take any more,just remember what Job did and try it his way,there is always something to praise God for,even in the midst of our worst times. Don’t Give Up!

Love in Christ Pat

Isaiah

Isaiah 20: 1~3bck11
I woke up thinking about the Naked Prophet! I knew it was one but had no idea it was Isaiah !
How ready are we to do anything the Lord ask us no matter how foolish or silly it may seem. Isaiah walked around preaching Naked for 3 whole years ,I can only imagine the way he was treated yet he stood strong and did God’s will. Of course I’m not saying God requires that of us now but there are prices we have to pay in order to follow Jesus. He said we must take up our cross daily and we know the cross represents much pain and suffering! So don’t let the situation you’re in now discourage you, it don’t look good or feel good I’m sure! But we must be alert in these evil days so that we are not blind sided by Satan’s tricks because as we know Satan is  a slick and evil old warrior he was with God a long time and he learned a lot,he knows how to make Right look so Wrong! And he knows very well how to make Wrong look so good to us! As Isaiah did, so must we learn from God’s word and listen  to His voice and then we must obey! As hard as it is! We need much discernment today because without it we will follow the wrong guide remember Satan can disguise himself so let’s pray and stay focused!

Luke 9:23 (TLB)

23 Then he said to all, “Anyone who wants to follow me must put aside his own desires and conveniences and carry his cross with him every day and keep close to me!

Hebrews 12:1~3    Reminds us to keep our minds on Jesus and to remember how much He suffered ,yet He never gave up ,God is more than able to bring us through our hard and difficult place’s. I praise and thank God for this wonderful word ,for right now I’m in the midst of depression and I know God is with me and He’s going to bring me out stronger!

Heavenly Father please help us to know your voice and please give us discernment so that we can know right from wrong and Lord please help us to obey you quickly in Jesus name. Amen

Love in Christ Pat

Changes,Changes,Changes!

We are all noticing the changes going on in our world today not just the weather,it’s been quiet cool lately and while I am enjoying this I am also keeping my eyes on the Sky! For Jesus is coming back we don’t know the day or the hour but we that believe know! Changes,changes,changes just like in the days of Noah,  they laughed and mocked him much like they do us when we try to warn them. God has given us much proof that Jesus lives and that He will return. I do believe all of these changes are just God setting the stage for Jesus soon return. It is not God’s will that any should perish but we cannot force others to believe, much prayer is needed for our Family,Friends and Neighbor,s .As well as for each other,for us to stand in these evil days. While I am excited and waiting For Jesus to return,my heart is heavy as I think of those that will be left behind,to face horrible changes that will be worldwide ,and many don’t have a clue!

Horrible
adjective
1.
causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
2.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.
 
God has made preparations concerning us in these evil days and He said these days would be shorten for the sake of the elect (believers ). So please make the wise decision and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior before it’s to late,Ready or not Jesus is Coming Again!
 
 
Matthew 24:37
37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes
 
1 Thessalonians
10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment..
 
Matthew 24:4
4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
 
Luke 21
25“ And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
“Hallelujah”!
 
Love in Christ Pat
 
 

Happy Friday

I’m just sitting here thinking about all of the hard places and scary places God has brought me praise 1safely through. My mind goes back to 1975 when I was in a really depressed state of mind and I thought I’d never get through the fear! It was a horrible experience but God keep my mind and I am so very grateful to Him God is so amazing and so long suffering with us He knows all about us and still loves us unconditionally!  He amazes me and I love that,I had this song on my mind and it is so true IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD WHO’S ON MY SIDE,WHERE WOULD I BE!Enjoy and have a good weekend

Love in Christ Pat

 

Remember

I’ve noticed a lot of beautiful post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about Jesus and God and that’s all good but it’s not enough .We need a Relationship with Jesus, it is He that secures our souls forever. For remember God’s word  still stands true today.

John 3:1

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.

John 7:21

 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!

The same goes for us God has made a way for us and that only way is still through Jesus Christ and Him alone .

John 6:47 I assure you ,anyone who believes in me has eternal life.

You Must Be Born Again!

Love in Christ

 

Final Destination

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Sharing another post I wrote years ago ,I hope it’s a blessing to you.

Matthew 8:18
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.
Jesus told his disciples we’re going to the other side of the lake,Then Jesus went to take a nap.Jesus knew the storm was ahead and yet he went to sleep! I totally love this picture Jesus is as calm as can be,as I should be when the storms of life arise.Jesus did not have any fear or wondering about what to do! The storm hits the boat and it’s being tossed up and down from one side to the other.Waves are pounding the boat and yet Jesus is at rest,what a beautiful picture! On the other hand the disciples are frantic with fear,even after all of the miracles they’ve seen Jesus do,they panic.Just as we do,even after all he has brought us through,we panic in the midst of the storm. It’s as if our brains are defected the way we tend to forget what Jesus did yesterday to pull us through. Even though we know Jesus has given us peace and a way out before,still we doubt. I praise and thank God for the Holy Spirit and the way he speaks to me.Our trials and tribulations are not permanent ,thank you Jesus and they are working for our benefit.We must learn to listen to God,and not our flesh or the devil.God’s words are full of power,and when he says we’re going to the other side,that’s what he means.There is nothing here,nothing in our pass or present that can stop our Final Destination,which is heaven.
Scripture: Matthew 8:23~27
Isaiah 43:1~3

Heavenly Father help us to settle down and keep looking to you,knowing that you’re in the boat with us and that you will get us safely to our final destination.No mattter what we endure here.Help us Father to be calm in our storms and give you praise for you alone are worthy.Amen
Love in Christ Pat Thacker
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