Fruit Du Jour (Enjoy One Another’s Yield)

I {Jesus} am the vine, ye are the branches: He {you and I} that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit– John 15:5. This is why today we are the fruit-bearing part of Christ, for we are the branches, and Christ is the vine that connects us directly to the God of creation, infusing and uplifting us with Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13), planted in the fertile ground of God’s healing Word.” ~LMJ~

God Is Our Buckler (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A “buckler” is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism, so as to not only shield incoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is our God, and He takes care of us. God does not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, for when we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection, then God will manifest Himself as our buckler.

Psalms 18:31 – For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler because He is our Lord and He is our rock. Someone once said “Christians use the Bible and Christianity as a crutch,” but I say, if so, it is a crutch that will never break, for our God is our rock, a rock that we can stand on and one that will never crumble. It will continuously support us through any storm (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities, without God, and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God, our buckler, can strengthen us from the inside out and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {infuses me with inner strength}.” With God on our side as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need. So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help because He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). He promises this throughout His Word that all that is required is your steadfast believing. Have a wonderful day standing on the rock of God’s magnificent Word.

Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we are following along through the Old Testament we find a pattern emerging throughout, and that is that the people of God rejected His prophets and His Word over and again. Throughout, God continues showing His loving care, desiring that they would accept His deliverance.

God’s healing Word continues revealing to them their glorious future, and showing that eventually God would set things right by sending His Son who would quench the sin nature by giving his life. All of God’s wonderful mercies given to Israel became known as they acknowledged the Messiah’s coming.

In the Book of Micah, Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Ruler in Israel who would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Messiah would be the king of lords and the strength that they would need to conquer their fears and shortcomings, and Jesus Christ would become our strength to daily enjoy our God’s presence.

In Micah, God delights in mercy towards believers:

Micah 7:18-19:
-18: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? {The “remnant” are those who would believe out of the nation of Israel.} he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
-19: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The more of God’s Word we come to know, the greater we begin to perceive our heavenly Father’s true characteristics of love. He is called the “God of love and peace” in II Corinthians 13:11; the word “of” in the Greek Text is in the genitive case because love and peace originated from God Himself.

Even though His people continued rejecting Him, He continued revealing revelations regarding the hope of the Savior coming and his day of deliverance.

Micah 5:4 – And he {Jesus Christ} shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they {believers} shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

As Jesus Christ receives his strength from God, he strengthens us today: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The strength that we receive originates with God, and Jesus Christ strengthens us with his very own strength that he receives from God.

We have the strength of Christ to continue walking daily with our heavenly Father.

Micah 6:8 – He {God} hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee {and this is what God requires:}, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is Christ within who helps us walk humbly with God, strengthening our endeavors to do that which is just and to love with the love of God. This of course would fulfil the requirements God desires of us, perhaps not the requirements some people expect of Christians, but I am confident that we would rather be pleasing to God first.

Micah 7:7-8:
-7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me {when I pray to Him}.
-8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Ephesians 6:10 records, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” and in walking with our God we can acknowledge our Spiritual Strength (in Christ), and become more than conquerors with the inseparable “love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

Daily Victories

I {you} can do all things {promised in God’s Word} through Christ which strengtheneth me {through Christ who infuses us with his strength}- Philippians 4:13. Not only do we have the God-given right and permission to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and triumph over life’s negative happenstance, but as we continue walking with Jesus Christ through an understanding of the Scriptures and by way of his daily inspiration, God will continue giving us daily victories through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57-15.” ~LMJ~