Fruit of D'Vine is the name of our monthly newsletter, based upon the biblical truth that each Christian is a “partaker of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4-KJV), and that those who abide in Christ, the Vine, and are thus living truth, will bear godly fruit just as he did.
The Path We Have Chosen
October 2018Like Peter wrote in his first epistle, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:8-9). Certainly he will honor any devotion on our part by coming alongside us and working in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure.
“Our chief role in devotion [to the Lord] is to allow ourselves to be loved.” That statement is from a book I’m reading titled Prophetic Wisdom, by Graham Cooke. Here are a few other profound excerpts about God’s relentless desire for relationship with each of us, His kids:
Man, The Image of God: Can An Icon Be Iconoclastic?
This month lets consider what it means to be made in the image of God, an important but controversial topic about which Christians differ greatly in understanding. Grasping its truth will help you see both yourself and others more like God does. The particular English word, “icon,” means “a picture, image, or other representation; a representation of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, painted usually on a wood surface and venerated itself as sacred; a sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it; a person or thing that is revered or idolized.” The Greek word for “image” is eikon.
Today, the last definition is most prevalent—a famous person or object. For example, “Babe Ruth is baseball’s best known icon” or “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off is an iconic movie.” Okay, you know God has already awarded you with the standing as a “saint,” a holy one, and because of that you can color in a sterling portrait of your life in Christ by walking with him one day at a time. In the sight of God, you can be an iconic believer!
What Do You Do With Your Head To Get Your Mouth Open
Don’t you just love WORDS?! How fascinating that the Creator of Life decided to use little clusters of letters as His means of communication with Him, and prescribed the same means for us humans to connect at the deepest levels of our hearts. Scripture makes it clear that WORDS have the power of life and death. WORDS can inspire a person to incredible feats, or WORDS can rip out one’s heart. Satan’s lies can destroy, while God’s Truth always heals and blesses anyone who believes it.
Have you noticed the haphazard way in which so many people today, even those in the public eye, use words, and how bad their grammar is? That’s because the Devil, the “father of lies,” is doing his best to cripple people’s communication skills, and his primary goal is to stop people from (a) reading, (b) understanding, and (c) sharing with others the written Word of God. Such folks need to stop laying around so much and perservere so as to improve their comunication skills so they can convince others to follow the Lord Jesus. And they can do so knowing that one benefit of being born again is having some friendly guardian angles, each of which can spell. Can you?
Cultivating Your Garden of Grace
The ages-old debate in Christianity continues to rage on. Do our guardian angels have favorite TV shows? Oops, I mean, does a Christian do the works of God in order to be saved, to maintain (not forfeit) his salvation, or to gain any particular favor with God? Or does he work diligently, simply because he recognizes God’s amazing grace in saving him, and wants to show Him how thankful he is for the indescribable gift of salvation?
In which of those two scenarios would a believer be more likely to “work heartily as unto the Lord,” give ”cheerfully,” “go the second mile,” etc.? Well, how about you? Compare doing work for an impersonal boss, work you must do in order to earn your pay, with working for someone who saved you from drowning, took you into his own family, and is lavishing his goodness upon you. Surely it is easier to put your whole heart into working for the latter.