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You Are Not a Failure

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling like we are somehow failing God as we look at the good fruit others are bearing around us. We see their blessings and we even forget the ones God has given to us personally. At other times we see others’ depth of intimacy with God and misjudge our relationship with Him as shallow.

We do not see clearly the good fruit that is being worked in and through our own hearts and lives. This fruit may be still growing, or we may even be producing it and simply not seeing it because of trials we are experiencing in our lives. But let’s stop being so harsh toward ourselves as those truly seeking after the heart of God, and remember this:

God knows best though and is in charge of the timing and amount of good fruit that we bear for His Kingdom. He just asks us to say “yes” to wanting to bear good fruit, and then asks us to do our part:  Abide in Him.

With that in mind, read this familiar passage from John 15:1-4 (NKJV):

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 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.”

If we belong to Christ, and we pursue intimacy with Him, we will bear good fruit; it’s a promise!

Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to others, or feeling like a failure in God’s eyes? Did this post help you to see the truth of how God is working in your life even in the struggles of the past or the present? Share below.

All of Heaven Inside You

I am amazed by our God. I feel so loved that He pours out His love and gives so much of Himself. He is so beautiful and yet even more so. He holds onto us tighter than we often realize, and He will NEVER let go, even when we miss the mark or make mistakes. He is so faithful!

He will also never let you down. If it ever seems that way, it is not true, though I myself have experienced that place of feeling painfully distant from the Lord. Thankfully, things aren’t always as they appear to our natural senses.

Feelings are not always in agreement with the truth, and at times I’ve found that persevering is most difficult when my emotions are in a bad way. Our emotions do not always agree with His truth, and our timing is not always in alignment with His. But if you set yourself to keep your gaze on Him, and in quiet trust you wait on Him, He will never disappoint you. He is your Rock and your Salvation.

He is a good Father and Jesus is a perfect Husband. The Holy Spirit is a perfect Comforter. He gives us good gifts! After all, He gave Jesus! What would He do but to want to BE with you!

Often we just do not rest from our striving and we allow fears and distractions to take our focus captive, pulling it away from God, where our focus should be even in difficulties.

Refuse to listen to the lies of the enemy of your soul. That enemy wants only to cut off your abiding connection with the Lord, do not entertain his lies in your mind or his feelings that lie to your soul.

Allow nothing to come in between you and the Lord! He has deposited ALL of the treasures of Heaven inside you! He wants to show you great and mighty things of which you know not, yet they are already within you by His Spirit inside you, waiting for you to recognize and release them by His power and strength! How can we release something we don’t recognize? May He open up our eyes to all He has placed inside us.

Can you relate to this? Do you realize that with God’s Holy Spirit in you, you have all of Heaven within reach? Have you ever had fears or other challenges that seemed to keep you from seeing the truth of God dwelling inside you? Have emotions ever caused you to feel as if God was not going to come through in your life or situation? Share your experiences below.