Spirit Filled – How Does It Happen
In Hampton Court near London, there is a grapevine which is about 1,000 years old. This grapevine has one root which is at least two feet thick, and some of the branches are 200 feet long.
Despite its age the vine produces several tons of grapes each year. Although some of the smaller branches are 200 feet from the main stem, they still bear the sweet and delicious fruit because they are connected to the vine.
Life flows from that single root and through out the vine bringing nourishment and strength to each of the branches.
Jesus promises to do the same for us. He is the "true vine" bringing life to each of the branches. The purpose of the vine is to bring nourishment to the branches in order that they might produce fruit. When separated from the vine the branches wither and die. The vitality of our spiritual life ebbs away.
The only way we can live out our lives in this world while battling against all of the sin, all of the worry, all of the tension, all of the frustration, all of the heartaches, all of the stress is to come to that place of being hidden in Christ.
Now the first thing I want you to see is if we are really to learn what it means to live in Christ we have to see it as a response to the revelation of God and that somehow we hath to see God has reveal Himself to us as the vine and we respond as the branch.
You see that is where we get our strength we get it from the vine. I get support from the vine and I get sustaining power from the vine.
I am the vine and you are the branches. But that is predicated on the fact that we respond to the revelation of God himself. You see the thing that makes Christianity different from any other religion is the fact that God has revealed himself in a way which we can understand.
The revelation means nothing unless we respon ...
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