The Lord has a passion for us like no one else. He is called our Redeemer for a reason. This is a perfect picture of how the Lord is holding onto us. Jesus is the one who saved us, and reached down to pull us out of eternal damnation. When we think that He is no where to be found, let us think again. He is right there. We look in the wrong places, only in the physical realm, but we will find Him in the spiritual realm. And in this realm, we must use our faith and believe His Word.
He is holding on tight to you and will not let his grip on you slacken.
For He has said, 'I will never (under any circumstances) desert you (nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless), nor will I forsake or let you down or relax my hold on you (assuredly not)! Hebrews 13:5b Amplified Bible
In Song of Solomon Ch. 3:2 the shulamite girl goes to find her beloved, but cannot find him. She realizes her need for him, and finally goes out to search, but searches in all the wrong places. She is seeking him out in the physical realm. He is not where we can see Him. He lives inside of us.
So I decided to go out into the city, into the streets and broad ways (which are so confusing to a country girl), and see him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I could not find him. Song of Sol. 3:2
We think He has left us because we don't feel Him near. And yet if we were to believe what we read in His Word, He says He will never leave us and never mean never. In the verse in Hebrews 13:5b when He says 'I will never leave you'; the greek word here is 'aniemi' meaning to loosen, to relax hold on or let sink, to send back. So the picture above is a perfect fit for what that word really means! He will never let you go! It doesn't matter if you can see Him or not, if you can feel Him or not. You just have to take Him at His Word. He is right there ready to give you the peace and wisdom that you are seeking and desperately need.
I remember a time when I was living in an apartment on the 3rd floor in Co. Springs. It was a great view of the mountains and I would sit there at sunset time quite often in the summer with the windows wide open and the breeze blowing through. I was still learning this concept of feeling and seeing verses believing and accepting His friendship in the spirit. That evening I was frustrated that I couldn't hear His voice. So I began to talk to Him. "Why can't I hear you? Why won't you talk to me?" Then I would sigh and frown. This went on a bit. Finally this thought came. 'Why don't you believe?' Here I was struggling to feel Him in the natural, when He wasn't there at all. He is Spirit and in the spirit realm. A light bulb came on. 'You mean if I truly believe, then I would act like it's so right? I would act as if you are here right this minute. Okay then. Father God I thank you that you are here. And we are watching this sunset together. I rest in you, and thank you that you aren't trying to keep yourself from me. But you want me to come into your realm.' And then I heard in my heart 'Thank you.' A lesson learned.
This is a walk of faith. You have to receive that peace. Believe Him, and then receive that wisdom. I say 'Ok Lord. I believe you. I take it.' And then I rest. I relax from all the useless worrying. And I go about my business, thanking Him that He is gonna give me the wisdom I need for that situation. That's how faith works. Remember, God wants you to succeed more than you do. Simple, childlike faith....
Seasons come and seasons go. And with them comes thunder storms, wind, snow and hail. Even unexpected wild tornadoes and hurricanes can whip right through a town and demolish it. But then there are those heroic untouched houses and trees. How deep are the roots? How deep do your roots go into the Word of God, the love of God? Some are Sunday Christians, and fare weather Bible carriers. When all is going well, it's so easy to say Thank you Jesus. But when the hurricanes is approaching, are they running back and forth crying for help to all their friends? Do they buckle down and dig their feet in the ground and stand strong on God's real promises? Weather represents life's troubles and hard times. There will always be changes and tribulation as long as we are on this earth. But we can still grow fruit, the big luscious kind that holds lots of seeds. Because we are not dependent on any outside resources or weather. We are led by the Holy Spirit. We follow His ways and His leading. And He leads us to grow healthy, lasting fruit.
I think this is why the tree in Jeremiah has leaves that always green. It does not have the 4 earthly seasons like the other trees on earth. It follows a different kingdom, with different rules. It's leaf never withers, and it's branches are always prospering, always bearing fruit in it's season.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
I believe that the river is the living waters of the Holy Spirit. As we abide and stay closely connected to the Lord, by His Word, listening to His voice, continuing relationship and intimacy, we are constantly learning, growing, receiving nurturing from His life. For we are one. He in us, and we in Him. We will never even be concerned about drought, famine or tribulation. For we feed off the one who not only gave us life, and continues to pour into us the sap of His blood that covers us; but we feed off of the one who is LIFE, Jesus Christ our eternal King who is LORD of all the universe.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Gal. 5:22-23
Here we have the nine fruits of the Spirit. Even the number 9 if you follow Bible Hebrew and Greek Gematria, represents 'Fruitfulness.'
Want fruit? The secret is being led by the Spirit, and then being obedient. As you are led, He will not steer you wrong. He will grow the fruit in you naturally. For example, if the Holy Spirit leads you to bake a cake for someone, don't push the thought down and think about the inconvenience. Give in to it, for He is leading you. And as you obey, you are being a blessing to someone who needs it, and at the same time, your branch is stretching out and sprouting leaves and PLOP! Out grows a piece of fruit. And you just yielded to the thought, considering not your own self.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Gal. 5:18 The word 'led' in the greek means to drive, to lead. So you can think of it this way, hop in the passenger side and let the Holy Spirit led. He is the one who knows all about Agape love anyways. You are the trainee, so listen up and let Him lead.
We have been taught that the church is the body of Christ, which Him being the head. And this is correct in I Cor. 12. One person is the hand, another the foot, and still another one is the eye. But they all work together. The body cannot do without any part of their body. Each part complements the other. The same is with the fruit of the Spirit. They all work together. The fruit of the Spirit are all the representation of the Love of God. They represent the character of God. Jesus is gentle, full of goodness, faithful and kind. We receive and partake of these fruits from Him. And in turn He uses us to feed others with these fruits, so they can see and partake of the wonderful love of God. These traits flow out of Jesus, as they will flow out of you. You don't have to make them flow, just yield to the one that is your teacher and your guide, the Holy Spirit. Whatever fruit that is needed, that is the one He will show you. A neighbor may have been yelled at on the phone, and they knock on your door. As you look at them, you feel a heart of compassion and gentleness all of a sudden. And so you speak to them in a gentle tone, and say something kind, just what they needed to hear. In that case, the fruit of gentleness was needed.
The King James Version lists the fruits a little different and is sometimes hard to understand. I have taken from the Amplified and didn't list all of the adjectives that the Amplified Bible gives, but just kept it simple.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal 5:22
I used to not like the last one 'self-control.' Why in the world would that be included? More and more I am understanding that it's the one that holds them all in. It takes self-control not to yell at someone when you're angry, and instead we can yield to kindness. It takes self-control to be patient. Think of all the self-control God the Father must have? Especially today in this day and age that we live in. Just remember the more we yield, the more we will grow fruit, and the more seed we will spread. The key is to be like Jesus, yes? God said 'Go, and be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it...