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Pursuit (6) - Questions

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Try your memory work …

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.

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned  and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Read …

John 15:1,4-5,8

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.

What does each part of the metaphor mean?

1. The Gardner?

2. The Vine?

3. The Branch?

4. The Fruit?

5. The Sap?

If this is the bottomline: Since fruit grows only when life flows, it is absolutely essential to remain in the Vine. Then why is utter hunger (absolute dependency) the starting line? Do you use starting blocks when running after spiritual fruitfulness or do you just so wander around the track?

Which of the following quotes helps you the most and why?

John Wimber

Since you can do nothing on your own, how much help do you want?

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

A.W. Tozer

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

Read …

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.

The Problem

Uzziah sought the Lord when he was weak, but when he became “powerful” he started to depend on himself and not God.

Do you agree that sometimes the problem in getting “older” is that we get less dependent on the Lord - that we lose our appetite for absolute dependence? How have you seen it work in your life?

How would muttering John 15:5 and praying this prayer of dependence help you?

John 15:5

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.

Prayer of Dependence

Jesus, You are right. Apart from You I can do nothing. I am absolutely dependent on You. So I connect myself to You right now and ask for the life of Your Spirit to flow into me so I can bear fruit for the Father’s glory.

Why can’t we be full of ourselves and full of the Spirit’s presence and power at the same time? Why do we need a flush before a rush? How can we help rename Tampa Bay the Bay of the Holy Spirit?

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Karl House