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#75: Planting Heaven
“Abide in the Vine”
Be one ‘Rich’ in the Lord (Rev. 3:18-22).
In reflection of the previous chapter: there is much in Scripture that provides clear and wonderful steps for each one of us to walk in. Practical 1-2-3 steps leading you all the more firmly in the Dreams of the Father being fulfilled and active in your life. In the theme Scripture of the previous chapter, Jesus ‘counsels’ you personally to buy from Him ‘gold’ refined in the fire, so that you may be ‘rich’. And here one gaining a Richness from the Eternal realms, a high standing in God and in Heavenly Places. Therefore, in light of this, come respond to His Love, and be no longer creatures of the dust but be creatures of the light (John 12:36).
1-2-3 steps in reference to Revelation 3:18-22:
- ‘Zealously’ repent, turning and responding to God’s Love, and open the door of your heart to Him.
- It is here that Jesus comes in and shares of Himself, this day, instructing you and raising you victorious as an overcomer, and this in ways truly unfathomable.
- It is here that one avails themselves to be seated with Jesus on the Throne of the Son at the Father’s right hand.
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1 NIV)
The problem with miracles is that you need a problem in the first place, but the Answer always remains the same, and His Name is Jesus. Each day we will all have problems, but the Key is finding Jesus in them; the looking past unto the very Presence of the Lord. Even ascending your affections up high, high in the High Place that is far above the High Places, and speaking from within the Person of God. To such are truly able to be led, to be strengthened, and Anointed with Power to overcome; becoming a people triumphant in the Lord. So not only will you be graced with power to stand (Eph. 6:13), but in standing having the full backing of the Kingdom of God.
To be in Him and He in you; this is the Dream of the Father. We have the nuts and bolts in our walk with God, the works and deeds, but to be in Him and He in you – this is His Dream!
Regardless of the grade of the problem, you need the miracle-working Father at work in your life. From the functioning in His Likeness, to the running of your family, the helping of a friend, or to the raising of the dead; all need the Spirit of the Lord. So why not drink of Him continually (John 6:53)? This is why Jesus Himself expressed, for both Himself and for you and I, that we can do nothing. And this is why Jesus, Himself, always sought the Presence of God as the very root drive of His soul, this in the secret places of His own Heart; these behind closed-door-sessions outside the vision of man. Therefore, no longer be a people who follow Jesus religiously, or in the eyes of others, but with your full heart; the full affections of your soul set upon the Lord (Phil. 3:10 GNB) – the being in Him. And through the Redeeming Power of the Blood you shall be lifted up!
Therefore here, become a people most pliable in the Hands of the Master Craftsman, for the purpose of any ‘chastising’ is for the good of your own soul, that you truly may come under the Love of God and abide here (John 15:10); you in Him and He in you, to be with Him (Mark 3:14, John 12:26). However, as you personally choose to seek His Face and wait upon the Lord, in deep longing of heart, He Himself draws you; His Love does this. Through Love one is able to peer through all the issues of this life unto the very Person of God, and it is He who opens your eyes and even trains you through all that of which comes before you. That you might become powerful people just like the Son. Operating and seated in Places of such Authority, Power and Grace; over all things, even the nations of the world (Matt. 16:18, Is. 9:6), and even that of Creation (Rom. 8:19); far above even the vastness of the stars.
In light of the previous chapter’s theme Scripture, the theme of this particular chapter is ‘Abide in the Vine’; the looking past all things unto the very Person of Jesus and abiding in Him in Eternity. Such is Eternal Life: Everlasting-Life in the Eternal realms of God, and one’s ability to abide and function right here, right now and today. This a Place that is fully outside time and space. And though Eternity is impossible to grasp for the human mind, Jesus leads you in these realms; the mysterious Eternal Kingdom of God functioning alive and real in you.
Our pee-sized brains can’t comprehend outside of our four-dimensions, however it is God that seats the willing whereby you are able to both hear and see the ‘More’ in Him, and subsequently able to move and operate from these Places. Believe the Gospel, seek them, and it will be He who shows you ‘Heavenly things’ (John 3:12).
In choosing to come and abide in the Person of the Father, in the Person of the Son, and in the Person of the Holy Spirit; one abides in Eternity. You, yourself, as a person, abiding with your Family of the Persons of God in Heaven. Whether you feel it or not the position on the Throne is yours, therefore each one of us need the personal Training of the King to be qualified able to function here, with Him, in your rightful and seated position. Such is outside the capacity, vision, and scope of man, but is given freely by the Spirit. To those who thirst and drink of Him, you are ‘dining’ with the Lord as He is you. And though we may be a people born even of great brokenness, as sheep who have totally lost their way, we have now come back to the Shepherd of our souls. Not a people called to be sheep, but a people called to be children of the Most High, even kings under the Great King.
Can you yet recognise the meaning of the words ‘abide’ and ‘remain?’ The Throne may be yours, but the question is where are you? Therefore, come to your Saviour yourself, this very day; in midst of all things turn your heart firmly unto the Son. According to Jesus’ own opinion, why are the ‘poor-in-spirit’ so blessed in God (Matt. 5:3)? It is because they have nowhere else to turn, or to go, but the Son. And here, in Him, deep and immovable bonds and ties are established between them and the Eternal realms of the Vastness of God.
Where is Jesus? But on the Throne as King at the very right hand of God. So where, then, are you? But with Him and in Him, and this because of Him and by Him (John 12:26). This of which was and is the Will of God for you this very day; His very Dream and Hope concerning you most personally. Therefore, come and fully yield yourself to the Lord this day. For if you truly want the Power of God to make real and lasting change, then yield yourself fully to Him. Be not a prophet of man but a prophet of God, be not a prophet of your own imagination, nor living according to it; but according to the Dreams of God. Seek not the honour of man, for what value is there in this? But seek, instead, the Honour that comes from God, poured out liberally from Heaven; even from your high Honoured standing in the Heavenly Places as a child of the Living God (Dan. 10:12). Seek the richness that is in Him; in this life and in the life to come.
Heaven is open for you to go in and eat of just as you please, but you have to desire to go in (John 10:9). The ‘finished’ work of the Cross (John 29:30) has gained you perfect access to the Father; and the Life of the Spirit is in Jesus, but you have to go to Him and personally unite yourself to Him – lest you dry and wither. Through the Grace of God you have been grafted into the Tree, and through this precious Gift you have full and rightful access to the Father, just like Jesus, and can draw from these Waters yourself. No one can do this for you, nor in place of you, hence the New Testament Bible always refers to this word, ‘remain’.
So with this clear picture in mind; as you approach the very real issues of this life, with your eyes firmly fixed beyond them, Jesus is able to Train you, Instruct you, Raise you, and Build you up even in them. Leading you through triumphantly as yet another step solidifying the reality of Him in your soul. In this world you will have problems, but your Saviour has overcome them all (John 16:33). So as you look to Him, even through all the ‘trees of obstruction’ unto the very Tree of Life, He raises you in His same overcoming nature with the gained capacity of your triumphant King.
A dear 1-2-3 step Scripture:
- Whoever serves me must follow me;
- and where I am, my servant also will be.
- My Father will Honor the one who serves me. (John 12:26 NIV)
What does this word Honour mean? Is it not God Honouring you with His very self; Glorifying His own Name through His very Presence in Love and in Power, and in Signs and in great Wonders? For it is the Dream of the Father for you to come to see Him and hear Him, for this is the way of a son of God. So in responding to the Spirit, and making it your dream as well; so you shall! And in these Heavenly Places you shall truly be called ‘a friend of God’.
Such is the Eternal realms of God, this Place of which you now have stepped into and have come to abide. A person is only restricted by one’s own faith and vision, so let then, the Lord continually open your eyes in order to gain His Vision. This, then, is what happens when you take on the Lord’s ‘counsel’ and open your heart to Him; dining with Him and He with you, each and every day as a culture of purpose. This honoured place of reclining in His Presence so that He might give to you for this your very day. So as you come to give Him all your love you are simply availing yourself of all His Love. And as you give yourself fully to Him, He is then able to truly give Himself fully to you. And as you are able to yield fully to Him, then He is able to release fully of Himself.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:1-16 NIV)
Ah what a precious picture, and again it demonstrates very practical steps for you to walk in, in the Lord. Realise then, that the Word that Jesus speaks to you is ‘Everlasting Life’, for He spoke only that of which the Father Himself spoke; the same Living Word that Jesus both saw and heard (John 12:50). Therefore, as you abide in Him and He in you, you abide and operate from within Eternity with Him; with Everlasting Life operating in you. And so as you draw from the Lord you are also built up and established in such, and these Eternal realms are now free to flow through you by the Spirit of the Living God. Here the Father ‘Honours’ you, for you abide and function in the same Place as the Son – Eternity, even abiding in Everlasting Life.
In abiding in the Vine you cross dimensions: you, a gateway joining this earthly four-dimension with Heaven-dimensions. That of which is fully outside time and space, and therefore fully outside human comprehension.
Labor not for the food which perishes, but for that food which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for on him has God the Father set his seal. (John 6:27 NKJV)
And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. (John 12:50 NKJV)
God’s Words, His commands, function and are at work to establish you able to walk in the realms of Everlasting Life – in Eternity. Therefore as you personally set it within yourself to seek the Presence of God, in and through all things, both His Love and His Word begins to flow in you most constructively, real and most powerfully; the abiding in Him and He in you. It is here that you are raised up in Him able to walk victoriously, and thereby seated on His Throne of absolute Authority and Grace; the Throne of Power, Glory, and Honour. Such is the ‘richness’ given you of the Lord, that of which He, Himself, has counselled you to buy (Rev. 3:18-21).
You have the power within yourself to eat the ‘food’ that endures unto ‘Everlasting Life’, but this choice has to now become yours. One can be fed of many things, so as you personally choose to zealously and earnestly seek Jesus, He feeds you and Instructs you Himself of these realms of Eternity. You are purposed to carry Life itself, not only hope for Eternal Life for when you die, but abide in Eternal Life here and now; here and today. The Kingdom of God is right at hand, it is right within you … but where, then, are you?
1-2-3 steps found in this theme Scripture verse:
- I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch that bears fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
- You are already clean, having full rights and access to the Father. Therefore remain and in Me, and I will remain and abide in you; lest you wither.
- As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
- If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask whatsoever you desire, and it shall be done for you.
- By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Oh the encouragement in this picture painted in these verses, and the amazing wonder found in them. You are already accepted and have gained perfect access to the Father through the shed Blood. Now in Him you are called to remain and abide, for without this ‘abiding’ you cannot be fruitful, nor bear the Fruits of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the desire of the Father to make you even more fruitful, therefore He prunes; or as Jesus refers, He ‘chastises’. But what is the purpose? But to make you Fruitful, and to set you in such Honour and Grace. Therefore, be encouraged and ‘zealously repent’, and through this earnest turning of your heart to Him, you will be led through all things for you have given God full rights. Becoming one pure as perfectly refined clay in the Master’s Hands; growing exponentially. Even becoming a people whereby whatever you desire and ‘wish’, shall be done for you; for ‘by this my Father is Glorified.’
You see, it is your own earnestness for the Lord, even ‘jealously’ seeking His Presence (Ex 34:14), that avails you to be most fruitful, and by this your Father is Glorified. That is, God able to Glorify the Son through you. This not so much you working to honour the Son, but ‘labouring’ for the ‘food which endures unto Everlasting Life’, and here the Son honouring the Father through you. It is from here that you shall branch, blossom and fruit most abundantly.
The 1-2-3 steps continued:
- As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my Love.
- If you keep my commands, you will remain in my Love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His Love.
- I have told you this so that my Joy may be in you and that your Joy may be complete.
- You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.
- You did not choose me, but I chose you and ordained you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.
- So in this, whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (John 15:9-16 NIV)
Nothing is withheld from those who love the Lord; for such is the Heart of the Father. Coming to bear the Likeness of Him and even His very Image. Let this ripple down your spine a bit. In Christ Jesus we are purposed made in the very Image and Likeness of the Father; that of which was lost in the beginning but has been fully regained in Christ Jesus (Gen. 5:3). What is it that is understood here; God’s Dream is for you to become part of the Trinity, ie; the Trinity becoming four. So one who is part of the Body of Christ, the ‘Spotless Bride’, you are united one in the Son (Mark 10:9, Mark 10:8); the ‘Bride’ united in the Son therefore ‘one flesh’ in Him. You as a child of the Living God, there is no greater picture of Family; one born of our Heavenly Family in Blood, in Spirit, and in Flesh. And so, in eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood you are in Him and He is in you – one flesh – He in you and you in Him. So just as Jesus Himself, come keep the ‘Father’s commands and remain in His Love’ (John 15:10).
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:36 NKJV)
The inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven is yours, so be no longer one who sits outside in marvel of His Glory, but be one who enters in and abides. Man cannot do this for you, and to such Jesus most clearly states that He alone is your Teacher and your Instructor (Matt. 23:8-12). Do not allow man to stand in place of the Son, for that is a devil; for it is only the Son that can truly lead you in the Father. Lest you be robbed, and therefore subsequently rob others of the Purposes and Dreams of God being fulfilled (Luke 11:52).
One may have love, but nothing compares to the Love of God: man’s love was never intended to replace God’s; so as each one of us, in love, point only to the Father, it is the Love of the Father that leads us all firmly forward. Let no institution of man deny you of the Dream of the Father being fulfilled in your life, let no wall of obstruction of the ‘wisdom of man’ cage you from walking freely in Eternal Life; and this to the Honour of the Son. All sounds wise when first hearing, but it is your Saviour of whom says to you this day, “you must follow me!” The very Words of our Saviour being themselves Everlasting Life (John 12:50).
If you are suffering something now then set your eyes upon the Son; for as in any miracle that we may seek, the Answer is always the same: a heart set upon the Lord. Remember then, that deep roots serve you well, so if there is any delay then all the same – go deeper in Him. Whether it is the chastising of the Son, or the very work of the Enemy, it matters not; the Answer is Jesus and the More in Him.
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29 NIV)
What is the work of the Son, but to believe. So in ‘labouring’ for the food that which endures unto Everlasting Life, even the Word that ‘proceeds from the mouth of God’, our ‘Daily Bread’; as you truly abide in Him, and He in you, He raises and Instructs you so that you might be one who believes. To these earthly things now you are set able to be shown and walk in Heavenly things. It has been the purpose of Satan, since the Beginning, to dethrone you from the Father’s Dream, and His Destiny being fulfilled in your life. Therefore, it is up to you to either remain in doubt and follow man, or believe and follow the Person of Christ Jesus.
Many set themselves purely on the temporal, things that simply do not last. But if you can truly learn the meaning of Communion, and ‘remember’ to eat and drink of the Lord each day, then you shall no longer be malnourished or spiritually-castrated, but built up and strengthened in the Lord; raised up strong in the Holy Spirit of God. One can devote themselves to business and the making of money, one can devote themselves to music or the arts, even to sport and the bettering of their skills; but nothing compares to coming under the Training and Tuition of He who holds Everlasting Life in His Hands, and this whilst you do what you do.
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord I am so grateful for these words, and receive them prophetically over my life this day. Thank you Lord for them and the clarifying of your Word alive in me. Bless you Lord, bless you; may all that you Dream bud and blossom, branching and fruiting in all their abundance to the Honour of the Son. Lord I pray that you may have fun, I step back and give you full rights; Lord as a Child have fun in my life, doing precisely all that of which you Desire and Dream to do. This I pray in Jesus Name … bless you, amen.’