As He says we are a branch He is the Vine we can bear no fruit, not a thing without Him. We are connected our life depends on that connection. Father is the Vine Dresser all that which does not bear fruit is useless and is cut off and cast into the fire. Children heed this warning. Cease from sin, commit all thy ways to Him, it is a useless life to try and live without Him. So So So many are deceived thinking they can be spiritual without Christ in the center of that faith. They deal with demons spirits occult things and maybe satan himself.
Satan would just as soon that we fail, Jesus Christ died so that we can succeed. Success is a moving target, one persons success may be another persons stumbling block. I am not bragging just saying I have an anointing similar to one of the Apostles. My life has been similar to this.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Yes I know many can say that but the Apostle called this flesh we live in a "Body of death" He was afflicted, the "Thorn in his flesh" a messenger of satan. The Lord left it there. Not that I have attained the level of perfection the great Apostle did or have his intellect. Just what the Lord has shown me through His Spirit and my affliction.
Through it all I say thank you LORD, thank you for Your discipline for the chastisement of Your peace. For Your stripes, for the nail holes in Your Hands and feet for Your pierced side. All scripture fulfilled.
With God's help and confidence in His Covenant, the covenant sealed in the Blood of His Son. I say, bring it on Lord, I look forward to the new year for I trust in rely on put my faith in You Lord, and though You God our Father and the Blessed Holy Spirit, neither of which you will have without putting your faith in Christ first.Consider. If others are made in the image and likeness of God, they must have worth and value as individuals, whatever weaknesses they display. When I understand that every human being shares the image-likeness of God, I will treat others with respect. I learn to overlook failures and to communicate love. I realize that the existence of God's image-likeness, however distorted by sin, means that the other person can respond, as I have, to the love of God displayed in Jesus Christ. So I reach out to him or her in love.—365-Day Devotional Commentary, The
pretty good maybe reading this devo for 2012 it started out great. Peace I give you not as the world give but the Peace of Jesus Christ. May He rule your heart for 2012. Love James Reid Ross