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All glory and honour belong to the Almighty who is able to do above a beyond expectation. His thoughts and plans towards us are numerous. He positions us in the fertile ground so that we may fruit in season. May we have the patience to wait on you, who knows the end from the beginning and prepares us for the harvest. Amen
As our relationship with the Lord increases so does our dependency on Him for everything, very much like a branch connected to a vine depends on the vine for sustenance, so must we. Our own efforts are like a branch that refuses to receive nutrients flowing from the vine, it withers and must be pruned, any areas of our life where we refuse His life-giving Spirit must be cut off, for the Lord is not pruning us just for His delight, He is preparing a generation equipped and producing in season. Unless we give these areas of our life to the fire, we cannot expect to see any growth, we must be prepared to sacrifice the flesh and put our whole trust in Him. ‘I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop’ (John 12:24), the Lord was speaking about Himself in this metaphor but we can also apply this to our own self, unless a branch is pruned the harvest from that branch is small, too many leaves on a plant do not give enough space for fruits to grow. There is a reason why Christ cursed the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14, when a fig tree is in a season that is when it begins to display its leaves to let people know that it has fruits, however, the tree was not yet in season (it had no fruit) yet was displaying its leaves, this tree was deceptive. We wonder why the Lord is not positioning us in a particular location, often it is because the Lord won’t be glorified if He were to plant us in said location at said time, all that He does is for His glory so all we do is for His glory.
The word Glory is a difficult term to describe so I give you This Link to follow if this is what you want to spend time meditating on.
When we turn our attention to chapter 7 of the Book of John several times does the Lord say “My time has not yet arrived” or give reference to time ( John 7:6,7, 30), Jesus was going to be crucified sometime after the Festival of Tabernacle but this was not yet to occur, until then divine protection surrounded Him and covered Him so that no one could touch or harm Him, “Then they tried to seize Him. Yet no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not yet come “(John 7:30) when the crowd saw this they believed. All of what the Lord does is to glorify God, God will ensure that the plans he has for us will be fulfilled and no man or being can come to disrupt those plans. We can distinguish between what is true and what is false, what is true are those who seek not after their own glory but the ‘glory of the One who sent Him’ (John 7:18) they are not doing the Lord’s work to ‘seek public recognition’ (John 7:4) but to create new life (fruit) to serve God’s purpose.
The Father glorified the son for the season in which He was about to head into (John 12:28) and glorified Him again when he had completed the work He had been given.
Our Father who art in heaven , hallowed be your glorious name, let your name be glorified in all we do, let our fruits produce only after your kind so that they may know we are your people. We are your people, and you are our God. Amen