Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

PRE-STUDY/ ABIDE / DAY 2 RESPONSE

PRE-STUDY/ ABIDE / DAY 2 RESPONSE

One of my favorite Christian Artists is Audrey Assad…her gift is breathtaking.

I love all her music…it touches my soul…but one song in particular, stirs me like no other.  Such a breath of life.

Listening this morning…

 

Good to Me

by Audrey Assad

“I put all my hope in the truth of Your promise

And I steady my heart on the ground of Your goodness
When I’m bowed down with sorrow I will lift up Your name
And the foxes in the vineyard will not steal my joy

Because You are good to me, good to me

I lift up my eyes to the hills where my help is found
Your voice fills the night – raise my head up to hear the sound
Though fires burn all around me I will praise You, my God
And the foxes in the vineyard will not steal my joy

Because You are good to me, good to me

Your goodness and mercy shall follow me
All my life
I will trust in Your promise”

Song of Solomon 2:15
“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

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Don’t let the foxes in your vineyard…steal your joy…

Because….the Lord is good to you.  It’s a promise from the promise keeper.

It’s the little foxes that spoil our vineyards…that steal our fruit.

foxes like greed, fear, jealousy, pride, arrogance, hate…

they come in and replace what God intended for us..

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,gentleness, faithfulness, self-control.

God PROMISES these things to us…but we have to be listening.

Obedience brings fruit.

Deut. 28 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.

We all want the fruit.

Watch out for those foxes…claim your fruit and protect it!

Put a fence of truth around it.

Stand on it and SHOO those foxes out!

In Jesus name, you have power over them.

SHOUT truth at those foxes…and they will stop their stealing!

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Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  -John 15:4-5

DAY 2 RESPONSE : THE VIRTUE OF CONTENTMENT

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Plug in…connect, remain, encamp, dwell…ABIDE.

Protect that fruit!

When God speaks truth into our hearts, our responsibility is to RESPOND…TAKE ACTION.

Without action, we remain unchanged.

Eat some fruit…grow some fruit…give someone else some fruit:)

Bless you!

Sue

The Virtue of Contentment study girls…your scripture for tomorrow is…

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” -John 15:2



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