Pursuit (6) - Notes
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Working the Metaphor
1. The Gardner?
2. The Vine?
3. The Branch?
4. The Fruit?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
5. The Sap?
Since you can do nothing on your own, how much help do you want?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Everyone is as close to God as they want to be; they are as full of the Holy Spirit as they will to be.
1. You will get nothing unless you go after it
2. You may have as much as you insist on having
3. You will have as little as you are satisfied with
4.You now have as much as you really want
If this is the bottomline: Since fruit happens only when life flows, it is absolutely essential to remain in the Vine. Then utter hunger is the starting line.
The problem is that sometimes the “older” we get the less dependent on the Lord we become. We lose our appetite for absolute dependence.
2 Chronicles 26:3,5
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.
2 Chronicles 26:16
After Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God.
Uzziah sought the Lord when he was weak, but when he became “powerful” he started to depend on himself and not God.
THE FLUSH BEFORE THE RUSH
We must empty ourselves of our self-reliance and self-dependency so that the Holy Spirit will fill us with His presence and power. You can’t be full of yourself AND the Holy Spirit at the same time!