Your Personal Prayer Accompanies a Bouquet of Spiritual Fruit and God Receives the Fragrance of the Sweet-Smelling Savor of Christ in You

“Offering God your heart-felt prayer is like the note attached to a sweetly scented fruit basket sent from you to God that He will enjoy and reward. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ– II Corinthians 2:15. Not a bad thing to be, not a bad thing at all (Ephesians 5:1-2). This was Jesus’ example to us to become followers of God Who always heard and answered Jesus’ prayers (John 11:41-44). Jesus taught us that he is the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned– John 15:1-6.” Thankfully, however, If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love– John 15:7-9. This whole section in John 15 is about how to lift your prayers up to the heart of God; it is about asking for whatever you will, and as we read, it shall be done unto you, and therefore ─ for you! Your prayers can be carried up with the fruit of the life-giving energy that produces your fruit from Christ’s own vine that he first received from the husbandman. This is the sweet-smelling savor that reaches and touches the very heart of the husbandman, i.e., God, your heavenly Father! Equally, not walking in and enjoying life with Christ is the reason why so many people do not receive answers to prayer, and just as equally is the reason why those who will – will remain tapped into the true vine who is for us the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me {says Jesus}- John 14:6. With Christ we are tapped into the true vine and receive his life-giving energy that leads to the source of answered prayers. This strengthens Jesus’ place in our lives, our fulfilment of being unto God a sweet savour of Christ– II Corinthians 2:15, for ‘sticking’ with the true vine as we sprout out and up into full aromatic bloom, and certifies the Father’s glorification because we will be producing and receiving the intended results of the husbandman!”  ~LMJ~

The Quest

“When anyone finds Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, simultaneously they will find God as their heavenly Father rather than as simply the (unknown) man upstairs. The quest for God and spirituality is a large part of the human experience that most people come to at one time or another. Some will seek Him in nature, others will look in other places, yet He only becomes personally induced to the searching heart as one comes directly face to face with His Word and truly finds Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the lifeline to Him (John 14:6).” ~LMJ~

Show Us the Father (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ was here, one of his missions was to make God known and more accessible. Showing the believers that God was to become their Father was certainly a quantum leap in their lives. However, at that time perceiving God Almighty as a Father was so incredible for them that it really took them back. Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words “our Father” in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower.

John 14:6:
Jesus saith unto him {the Apostle Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

During the Old Testament times, God was forever coming to the believers through His Prophets to inspire them with His blessings. However, in the Gospel period in John 14:6 Jesus reveals another dynamic, that believers would be able to personally approach God as their own Father. Jesus was the way, truth, and lifeline into the very heart of our heavenly Father.

John 14:8:
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. {“Sufficeth us,” basically means that it would be a terrific thing, and if you (Jesus) are the way to the Father, then let us get to the “show” part of “show and tell.”}

John 14: 9b:
. . . he that hath seen me {Jesus} hath seen the Father.

Jesus’ very life was a manifestation of God, of Jehovah, and of Elohim. Jesus as God’s Son was the Father’s ambassador and he represented and displayed to the people the true character, heart, and love of the Father, for Jesus’ life was to show God in a new light as our heavenly Father.

John 16:25-27a:
-25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh {what Jesus was speaking about is a future day, and now that future day has arrived}, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you {more} plainly of the Father.
-26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: {—As he was currently doing for them, but soon they themselves could simply pray in the name of Jesus Christ and their heavenly Father would answer their prayers without a mediator between them and their Father (Ephesians 2:18).}
-27a: For the Father himself loveth you. . .

Jesus is still “the way {to the Father’s love}, the truth, and the life,” so as you continue to understand and follow Jesus, the door to the heart of the Father becomes more and more opened. Understanding God as your heavenly Father is really a love-based, intimate relationship that can only be appreciated between a Father and His own son or daughter. Jesus, in giving you his name to use in prayer, has presented you with the passkey that opens up your heavenly Father’s home, all the way to the right hand of God.

Inspired Thoughts

I {God} will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with mine eye– Psalms 32:8. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6); it is only through finding the Son of God, our Beloved Savior, that one truly receives the instructions and teachings and guidance from God’s heart. Guide thee with mine eye is something that a servant in the biblelands would completely understand, because when their master would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his hand with a subtle gesture, the master would be directing his servant to do something for him, perhaps bring a cup of water or bring him a pillow. The meaning here is that God can direct us with inspirations that are not forceful but much rather are very gently given to us through the loving motions of inspired thoughts of comfort from Him in Love.” ~LMJ~

Let Your Light so Shine (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we Christians can inspire and bless other people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one another in our own families. As an example: In my home, I am the Dad; however, my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God, the light of His healing Word, and Jesus Christ into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. I Peter 3:7 confirms to us that we are “heirs together of the grace of life,” in other words, we equally share in a “life of grace” ─ together, as one (Matthew 19:4-6). I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human, and we certainly have our share of life’s trials, yet as we look to God’s Word, we always end up being more than conquerors as we let our light so shine forth for God and our Savior. Overall, I would not change anything, because we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God, His Son, and with each other as we have seen the light of God’s love within each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12).   Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word might in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but ─ life ─ MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The light of life is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. Now, how can we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible and begin applying them in practical living? By following Jesus, who is clearly perceived throughout the Scriptures as the light of the world. In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word should is an interesting word (a kin to the word “may” above), because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father, and it is only when we decide to walk in them will we turn the light on from within.

God designed the good works from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word and His Word reveals Christ, and him we are instructed to follow. He loved his fellow man and encouraged us to do the same. God’s Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true life and goodness that God placed in His healing Word for us to uncover, and to discover, and to treasure, and to enjoy as we effortlessly allow our light to shine from within our hearts.

Following Jesus is one of those good works that God ordained we observe; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into the light of life. The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14:
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light {so that we may first see, and then enjoy God’s good works}.

Isaiah 60:1:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with (and in) Christ: this is the meaning of arise from the dead. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said let and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the good works, our proof that we have the light of life.

The Amplified Bible* translates good works from Ephesians 2:10 to read: “living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” for living the good life with God in Christ in us is allowing our God-given light to shine. Enjoy a deLIGHTful life as you let your light so shine!

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross~

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
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