A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, December 29, 2014
“I [Jesus] am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
If you have not yet read Sunday’s foundational article entitled “Being about your Father’s business for 2015,” please do so now by clicking on the article title. You must have this revelation before proceeding forward with today’s message.
This verse should serve as both instructional, and as a form of worship unto the Lord. This statement of truth, correction, and direction will be a guiding right-now Living Word for 2015 more than ever for God’s sons and daughters. Even by virtue of chapter and verse (15:5); where 15 contains the very year we are entering into, and 5 is a factor of grace of the number (year) 15. 2015 will be a year of great grace, deliverance, liberty, and rest in Christ.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ must take priority in rank and importance, and serve as the basis by which all other relationship are tested, and either accepted or rejected. Any relationships we retain should be established in and centered on Jesus Christ for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Webster defines a “relationship” as “the way in which two or more people or things are connected.” As we prepare to enter into the New Year, it is time to evaluate all of your relationships to determine those connected through Jesus Christ, the Vine, and those that are not. The fruit of each relationship should be inspected. Good fruit is evidence of a spirit-born and Godly relationship; while bad, under-developed, tasteless, tart, or bitter fruit bears witness of a relationship which must be severed. The number ten signifies “measure, for the purpose of accepting or rejecting that which is being measured” (© 2010 Milligan. Understanding the Dreams You Dream). Ten is part of the New Year number (10+5).
From now until New Year’s Eve should be a time for you to measure every relationship you currently hold (or which holds you, and maybe holds you hostage) for the purpose of accepting or rejecting. And even those relationships you hold should be held by and through God, and not you. If there is any “you” in the relationship, then the “you” or the relationship must go; as again, Christ should be at the center. Personal and family relationships should be born of the Spirit and not of the flesh. Flesh and faith cannot co-exist. Ishmael had to leave when Isaac was born because the former represented flesh, and the latter, faith (Genesis 21). There should be no “casual” relationships creeping in to your new season. Employer-employee relationships should be carefully evaluated and prayerfully considered. Is this where God placed you to earn an income? Is this the supervisor that the Lord God Almighty has placed in your life? And is it for a season? Is there a release date for you, or has this season long since passed with dead fruit as the overlooked testimony of staying stuck?
Not only must relationships with people be measured; but also relationships to things. Anything, though seemingly good, if it distracts, or takes the place of God; thus occupying the throne of your heart and becoming an idol, this thing must go. 1 Corinthians 10:23 testifies “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”
Every relationship must be looked at from the position of the Cross, which points to the advancement of the Kingdom through winning souls and/or drawing self and others closer and more intimately to our Abba Father through His precious, beloved, and only begotten Son, Jesus.
Your relationships that you bring into 2015 will either cause you to be even more captivated with Christ, thus moving you to a place of greater grace, deliverance, freedom, and liberty; or hold you captive to the world’s ways. 2015 should not be about pleasing people; but rather about bringing people into a saving relationship with a loving God, made possible by a selfless Savior. The business of relationship is a key for you for this coming New Year. How will you unlock Christ in your next season?
Father, we thank You for Your gift of relationship! We repent for not elevating our relationship with You as the highest and most important relationship we have, as the relationship by which all other relationships are measured. Grant us wisdom, Oh God, to measure each relationship and to know which we are to accept and which we are to reject. And give us the courage and the fortitude, Mighty Savior, to graciously, but expediently and cleanly severe those relationships which must go. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we will enter into our New Year with only those relationships grounded in You, which propel us deeper into Your Freedom and Liberty of Great Grace. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to measure all of your existing relationships for the purpose of accepting or rejecting. Use the Light of God’s Holy Spirit by which to see each relationship as it truly is, and not the distorted view presented by your un-surrendered soul or your flesh. And continue to fight the good fight of going deeper in your relationship with your Father; for God, your Ultimate Standard of Progress, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.