L. A. Marzulli
John 15;5 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.
I have a small vineyard with about 60 Merlot vines, which were planted over 20 years ago. In a good year they produce a lot of grapes which I then make into wine. Some of you are already having a conniption because I am admitting that I not only drink wine, but have a vineyard and make my own! I believe this is biblical – but not to excess as being a drunkard – and I point to Yahsua/Jesus first miracle when he change water into wine, but I digress…
The vineyard reflects the seasons and Yahsua/Jesus used the vineyard to illustrate many points. In the winter the vines are bare and I prune them way back, taking all the dead wood from the canes. In the spring they bud and you can see the beginning of the grape clusters. In July they have grown prodigiously, with wild shoots and long canes. It is at this point that I “hedge” the plants. I go through the vineyard and cut away much of the growth to expose the fruit. This allows the sun to do its job to ripen the grapes. I hedged the plants two days ago and left the canes that were cut on the ground to be raked up later. Yesterday, when I went to the vineyard, the cut canes, which only a few hours ago had been lush and green were now withered, because they no longer were apart of the main plant.
When Yashua/Jesus tells us that, apart from me you can do nothing, He is not exaggerating! He is the vine and we are the branches. If we separate ourselves from Him we will wither and dry up. He is our source and like he admonishes us, we are useless without Him. It’s important to remember that when He walked this earth, He would often retreat away from everyone for a time of fasting and prayer. Sadly, fasting has been ignored by most the church today, and most of us never reach the place in our ongoing walk, of praying without ceasing!
In closing today’s Bun: When was the last time you had some real one on one time with Him? When was the last time He spoke to you, admonished, praised, our warned you? This ministry is on the front lines and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t put on the armor of God and pray over my “house.” The days are evil and the enemy grows bold, as this is his time. Now more than ever we need to abide in Yashua/Jesus, to get close to Him, to seek His face. For when we do that, we move in His power, wisdom and might!
Have you ever thought about donating something to this ministry? This is not a plea for money, as we sell my books and DVDs to keep things going, but when some of you give to us, it furthers what we do here and gives us some “breathing room.” Thanks to those of you who have donated in the past, it is greatly appreciated. Blessings and stay close to Him! L. A.