Bible Study on Shaping Up Into Fruitful And ‘Sexy Slim’ Branches Of The True Vine With Christ Jesus according to John 15:5, Matthew 6:33, John 15:2, John 15:12-13, Luke 10:27

Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing? Does it applies only to God’s redemptive purposes or does it imply to everything we do in our lives. Yes in general, as said in John: 15. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.

It also depends on what fruits you are looking for. It is difficult to ask for favors of financial success, riches and money per say because it is not promised by God, not covenanted in Moses’ s stone tablets, not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not recorded in the Holy Bible nor written in the Holy Text of any great religions of the world. The fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience, love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness and self control. But what If everyone around us is working hard in their businesses and careers? Do we Christians become the bottom and tail of society then? As answered by Apostle Matthew: 6. 33. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. As Jesus followers we shall seek first the Kingdom of God then only seek those other non eternal things if you have the interest and determination provide we constantly have God in mind and not overrun by greed, envy, vanity and pride. In doing so we need to stay tuned Jesus’s ‘YouTube Channel’, in order for us to gain life and give life.

What type of ‘grape plant’ do we want to grow to become I.e. a positive, fruitful and juicy grape vine or a barren, negative and sour grape vine? We need to allow God to prune and shape our character to become the former type. I am [Christ Jesus proclaiming] is the vine, God is the gardener and we are the branches. When we plant we expectes it to bear fruits. It is something wrong if we are not fruitful. When we become fruitful, we attract other people into our lives. If we are not having a full life, something might be wrong some where, it is worth spending time looking into which areas of your life you still yet surrendered to God.

John: 15. 2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. Some decayed branches of our lives not only becomes a danger to us, also becomes a suffering to people around us and the consequences might become problems in our society and country. In order that we can live a fruitful life; Some areas of our lives that God wants to cut off. 1) Rejection of our life, 2) Previous heavy laden baggage I.e. pride, shame, envy, anger,  unforgiveness, that drag us down when we need to run, 3) Bondage I.e. adultery, lust, liar, slander, cheating, idolatry, cult and demon worship, generational sins, etc.

God continues to prune after cutting, because He wants us to bear better and more fruits and to become a beautiful plant that is more denser and bushier. Why we need to continuously pruning off the branches of our lives? because it allocates more ‘nutrients’ to rest of the growth areas, by cutting off those dead areas. By allowing God to remove our ‘dead woods’, help us to become more focused, to live life of surrender to God. In order that God can create an even bigger dream in us, because those smaller things are not in the way.

There may be many ‘good things’ in our lives, but those things may not be the ‘Godly things’ in our lives. Allowing God for betterment us of our gifts and talents and to allow God to directs us to newer and bigger things. To trim away the rough edges of our lives. God also prunes out our character in order to get us ready and strong when we reach there. Before the time comes, resist from going to higher and tempting places where our talents and gifts enables but our character unable to sustain; we are going to suffer from big fallouts as a result. Then the big question is what’s the purpose of the gifts of skills and talents of God and Holy Spirit for if we cant use or wield them. The answer is simple if you plan to keep and horn those gifts, we need to continuously use them first for the kingdom of God on earth, else it will become dull and useless after some time. Of course any left over blessings after that are yours to keep and flex should your heart desires the challenge.

The biggest root of sins is pride, which is to choose to be independence from God and do not allow God in, because they are the ‘deities’ of their own lives. Simple principals, first by obeying His commandments I.e. follow me you win and disobey me you loose as learnt by Joshua as recorded in John: 15. 10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. The biggest problems nowadays is how we apply the Word of God in our lives and practice what we hear in church sermons and obey His commandments in the Holy Bible.

Second is to love each others as I have loved you as shown in John: 15. 12. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. As commanded by Jesus in Luke: 10. 27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. When we can love ourselves and others, Christ Jesus can shape our lives to make us become more fruitful and yet with ‘sexy slim shape’. In order to remain in God, we will bear much fruit as a result.

Bible Study on Falling In True Love With Christ Jesus In The Center In Our Seasons Of Love according to John 13:34, John 3:16, 1 John 4:11, Ephisians 5:25, Ephisians 5:2

Love affair is big affair because it affects us for a life time. We should not simply marry for fun, for sex or external pressure, unless we are truly in love with each other and God confirms that both of us are God’s chosen match made in heaven. Because sometimes at the best of courting time and even after marriage, we can be deceived by our erotic emotions or blinded by our bad experience or past wounds and lead us to imagine the worst case is rewinding again.

When we fall in love, we are controlled by our hormonal androphenes, creative side of the brain, high metabolism and sexual drive chemistry (testosterone levels in both men and women rises), where our logic goes down and our emotions goes up. However, be mindful that over indulgence in sex will produce excessive amounts of testosterone that will eventually impede the effects of love hormones, resulting in sex couples driven solely by their sex desires and cravings. When we fall in love, we have nice feeling of being cherished and bubbling with love until we cannot eat at day and sleep at night. The saying goes got love drinketh water can survive. However, sometimes love is seen as unspiritual if approached in the wrong way and making wrong decisions can affect us even more spiritually for life. So let’s make it spiritually right by allowing God to guide us into falling in love with our true love.

The word Love in Greek has 3 meanings. Eros Love is love of physical and biological attractions or simply call it love at first sight or ‘puppy love’, which may also leads to ‘doggy life’, because it is superficial in feelings and emotions and not from the true heart. Eros Love only helps attracts opposite sexes together in the beginning and make us ‘fall in love’.

On the other hand, Philio Love is based on friendship, where we know each other better through contact John: 13. 34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. It is more reliable and stable foundation of love and will last longer time. The 3rd type of love is Agape Love, which is based on commitment and pure love but not of the type of ‘good’ feelings and erotic and sexual relationships. It is like God’s love because God choose to still love us despite we are all sinners as proclaimed by Apostle John: 3. 16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. In the past, match making is the norm and many older couples still hold on to their marriage vows to the end, simply because of a strong commitment that since you are my wife or husband I will love you forever as depicted in 1 John: 4. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. But today, we are exposed only to Eros Love and Philio Love. We need both Philio and Agape love to keep the marriages alive. But many of times, guys have ‘bad eyes’ and look for the wrong things at the right girl and therefore can’t find or be contented with a wife of their choice.

There are also many love seasons of life that couples go through. When courting, we are in Eros and Philio level of love. After a big fight when all the feeling and love have disappeared and weaknesses fully exposed and we are no longer ‘sweet’ and ‘honey bee’ anymore. In that situation, if the person still loves you because of a commitment, a vow and discipline to hold onto, it is due to Agape Love as advised in Ephesians: 5. 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it. Discipline makes Agape Love possible because it reflects the level of commitment towards each other. Whereas a undisciplined young men or women in general has questionable Agape Love.

And as the couple ‘ages like fine wine’, Eros Love and Philio Love start to decline after marriage. All couples will always fight and all our good feelings towards each other starts to disappear. In spite of these, Agape Love can help to hold each other together while we seek for marital help. How to bring back the Eros or Philio Love? we need to sow and put in commitment and dedication to each other and start loving each other like God choosers to love the sinners.

When seeking for marital or love advice, please seek from some one older instead of younger. Because the younger people are still exploring and guessing in their volatile love stages. Many good relationships are breaking up because there is no good third party to advise us or help reconcile. Sometimes a good relationship suffers a life time of tragedy because of one moment of pride or unforgiveness or a demonstration of anger and violance, which is a sin that is too luxurious to afford and resulting in a terrible price to pay for one life time in silence and perhaps even passing the same tragedy to our next generation. Therfore, we must learn to follow and walk in faith with sacrificial Love of Christ as depicted in Ephesians: 5. 2. and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.