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    Wait. Hear. Do.

    John 15:1-8 (NKJV)
    The True Vine

    1 “ I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 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.
    5 “ I 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. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
    I am the vine


    Discipleship begins by believing, having faith in, having trust in and becoming dependent on Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who was sent to be with us forever, in whom, all truth, knowledge, understanding and wisdom is to be received. In order for discipleship to work, it is imperative that we see ourselves in the light of truth. The Word of God is like a two-edged sword and has that unique ability to reveal the difference between the soul and the spirit and is able to expose the difference between the thoughts and intents of the heart. Without the RHEMA of God, we cannot truly know the motives of our own heart. The true condition of our heart is stated here:
    Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)
    9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
    10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

    Romans 7:18 (AMP)
    For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]
    Understanding this truth about ourselves is a necessary element in becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. If, at any time, we feel we can do things without His guidance, we have become a law unto ourselves and are no longer allowing Him to disciple us. Anything we do outside of His direction can then be considered lawlessness as we have made the assumption that we know better and chose to follow the counsel of our own heart and mind. To be a true disciple is to realize the truthfulness of Jesus' statement He made in John 15.

    Once this truth is established in the consciousness of our minds and hearts, THEN He will be able to accomplish His purposes in us because we will be fully yielded and moldable as the clay is molded by the Potter. We must never forget but always keep at the forefront of our thoughts and actions, that without Jesus and His active participation in every moment of our lives, submitting every choice and decision to Him and seeking His approval in all things, we cannot accomplish any good thing.

    This is the most critical truth we all must learn for without this truth actively working in our minds, imaginations and actions, we may find in the final day of judgment that we have missed the truth and will be rejected by Jesus as He will tell us, "Depart from Me you who work lawlessness. I never knew you!" For when that day comes where our mortal body ceases to live and we appear before Jesus, will He find Himself living in you or will He find that you have taken over your own life? Because, if He finds that you have taken over the reigns of your own life, this will be that mark of lawlessness and you will be rejected.

    Here is Paul's response:
    Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

    Romans 8:5-11 (AMP)
    For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.
    6 Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
    7 [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
    8 So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.
    9 But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].
    10 But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].
    11 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short- lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.
    As you can see in these verses, as long as we continue to live according to our own judgment of what we believe is right versus evil and then do according to our own judgment without His direction and guidance, then we are actually walking according to our carnal mind and are actually working against the purposes of God and are at war against Him.

    There are two stories that well illustrate this truth. One is found in the bible and the other comes out of my own life experience. First, let us look at the biblical example:
    1 Samuel 30:1-8 (NKJV)
    David's Conflict with the Amalekites

    1 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David's two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
    7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
    And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
    Ziklag — measure pressed down (represents trial and testing) (Deuteronomy 8:2 (NKJV)
    And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.)
    Amalek — warlike; dweller in the vale (represent the flesh)

    In this narrative, David's family as well as the families of all his men, were taken away by the Amalekites. All the men, including David, mourned greatly with a deep sorrow. Even his men considered stoning David because he did not leave men to defend the city from their enemies. David needed encouragement but he would not get it from his men as they placed upon him the whole of the blame. David strengthened himself in The Lord by remembering all that God had done in his life till this time. He remembered his battle with the lion and the bear while shepherding his father's sheep. He remembered the battle with that giant, Goliath and how God delivered this giant into his hands. He remembered that it was never through his own craftiness, cunning or strength that these fearsome enemies were defeated. Not by his power nor by his might but through God's power.

    Once he was strengthened by remembering that God was the answer, he sought Abiathar, the priest, for his ephod and inquired of The Lord saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And God sent him.

    Today, we would consider what was done, see it as evil and seek to do what we determine as the right thing to do...go after those evil men and retrieve what was stolen from us. The lesson for David at Ziklag, which means "measure pressed down", was a test to see how David would respond. Would he take matters into his own hands and do what seemed right to him to do or would he turn to The Lord and make no move to retrieve his and his men's families unless God gave him leave to do so? All too often today, when a trial or test comes upon us, we take whatever measure we feel is right and then act without ever going before The Lord and seeking His answer for us. We do this because, although we are born again and are following Him according to our understanding of what that means, we read in His Word, see a new set of rules to live by and follow those new rules according to our understanding of those new rules.

    All we've done is exchange an old set of rules with a new set of rules. We are still walking in the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We are still walking according to our own understanding albeit with a new set of "rules". In doing this, we are not depending fully upon Him for every situation. In fact, many become insulted when they are told they are still not following Christ in the way the bible actually teaches. I know this is true because of the many Holy Spirit has sent me to to tell them this. We are still proud and arrogant in our ways and are quite certain that we are walking in the way He intended but without His continual guidance in our daily lives. We feel it is enough to read, study and do what we see in the bible to a certain extent, according to our own determination. Instead of waiting for the "approval" of the Father, we set our own standard as to when we are ready and move on that standard, whether that standard was established by ourselves or by others. This is not discipleship as defined by God or Jesus.

    Anyone who seeks to save his life is not worthy of Me, Jesus says. Anyone not picking up their own cross and following Him is not worthy of Him, again says Jesus. If a man says that he can see (understand) and moves according to what he understands, then he is still blind. Only the blind can receive sight because a blind man is not dependent on himself but is dependent on another, greater than himself.

    David had every right to do according to his determination or judgment according to the standard most walk in today. All his men would support him and so would we today. However, David did not choose his way or his own judgment but rather sought the wisdom of The Lord and was determined not to go unless God gave it to him to go. To illustrate this further, I would like to share with you out of my own experience.

    My wife and I managed an apartment building in Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver back in the early '80s. We lived on the second floor with a view to the front of the building as it faced the street. One of our tenants just experienced a tragic loss of his ex-wife due to a car accident. Although she had divorced him and went her own way, he never stopped loving her. Once we heard of this news, we too, were deeply saddened for his loss and wanted to offer comfort. Since Frances and I were Christians, it seemed our duty to offer a token of comfort and peace to this torn soul. Everyday after her death, we saw this man walk very slowly from our apartment building to the grocery store a couple of blocks away. His posture said it all. He walked as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders and he always had the saddest countenance on his face.

    Frances would see this and encourage me to visit this man and offer the comfort of Christ to him. Each time she would see him, she would tell me and together we watched him come and go. We both were moved. However, each time she requested that we should do something, I turned my heart towards The Lord for what He would tell me and each time, He said to wait. I told Frances this and although it wasn't what she wanted to hear, we both waited. Eventually, after a couple of weeks, when she way him again and she asked me again to go talk to him, I turned my heart to The Lord and this time He said, "Go."

    I left right away, walked across to the other side of the building and approached his door at the end of a short hallway as the man lived in a garden level apartment. I felt so drawn by the Spirit of The Lord but had no idea what I was to do. I knocked on his door and took a step or two back, waiting for him to open the door. As soon as he opened his door, the Spirit gave me what to do and say. I opened my mouth and said, "I love you!" and opened my arms to him. He rushed into my arms and for the next several minutes, we both cried broken hearted tears.

    Eventually he pulled away and returned to his apartment expressing his thanks as he entered and closed the door. When I got back to our apartment, I told Frances what happened and we prayed for him. The next day, we received a phone call from this man inviting us to dinner in his apartment. When we arrived, we sat in his living room and he began to tell us of his ordeal.

    His ex-wife was the daughter of a man of God, a minister. Within a couple of days after her death, this couple came to offer their own condolences and tried to comfort their former son-in-law. It was not to be. He was inconsolable. It was just too soon. He politely rejected their attempts as he withdrew to nurse his own wounds. About two weeks went by when he finally felt ready to speak to somebody when he heard my knock on his door. When he saw me there and I said, "I love you.", he broke and was finally able to let his ex-wife go. It was perfect timing. Any earlier and he was not ready. God knew when this man was ready and because we did not move on our own but waited for His timing, the timing was perfect and God was able to show this man His love for him through my obedient actions.

    We had the opportunity to act at any time. We all felt the need to do something especially since we have the life of Christ in us but unless we waited on God's timing, we might have tried and failed to give this man what he so desperately needed at the time when he was ready to receive. Only God knows the heart of a man and He knows when that man is ready to receive what he needs. If we, as Christians, do not wait for God, hear His voice and do what He says to do, then we are still acting on our own judgment and will, in all likelihood, find failure rather than success.
    Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
    But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
    In light of this, let is now WAIT, HEAR AND DO according to all that God directs us and not act on our own according to our own determination and understanding. Let us walk as true disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ, not according to our own will but according to His so that we can testify as Jesus testified:
    John 5:19 (AMP)
    So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].

    1 John 2:6 (NLTse)
    Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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