“By your fruits you are known.”
What does this mean? We will have to go deeper to answer this question.
What about the fig tree described by Jesus?
We are preparing for a new season; a mirror reflection of who we are and being “of” this world.
The time is near for our convergence with the Holy Shekinah Spirit, “when the branches become green and tender” and the tree starts putting out leaves, it means that “summer is near”.
Pentecost will be Sunday, June 4, 2017. How do we prepare for this event?
Whether in ministry or in life, we are called to be and Jesus asks us to bear “good fruit.”
Take a moment to reflect: What I am doing in my spiritual life or community to bear fruit?
At times, we fall short of this goal; relying on our own power to see life through that stems from unrealistic expectations that did not begin with God, but grew from our own “vain imaginings.”
Where is my foundation? Do I have my feet firmly planted on the ground? We don’t have branches, leaves or trunks because we have not laid the foundation by preparing and planting seed (more on this next week).
“Fruit of the Vine will become one’s spiritual food.”
“Blessings and promises from God are from everlasting to everlasting.”
When we bless others, God blesses us.
Its okay to wait upon the urging of the Holy Spirit as God’s timing is perfect. “I make myself known to all by the Spirit within.” (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 83)
Recently, I was being directed to let go of an item that was passed on to me.
Following the cue from Spirit, I found myself at a local thrift store donating this item and other wares that I no longer needed.
As I was handing the icon to the volunteer behind the counter, the power of the Spirit covered me. I felt blessed.
Overwhelmed in the moment and close to tears, I walked away from the counter and went out the door. I took a deep breath and continued on with my day.
Later in the week, God kept his promise; a dear friend presented me with a wondrous gift.
Yesterday, I had a package delivered by the “Blessed Trucking” company.
I am humbled and awed at the power of the Spirit and how God moves in my life.
Hold on to this statement of truth: “When we bless others, God will bless us.”
“God is the creator of the world who does not tire or grow weary.” (Is. 40)
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” (Mt. 4:16)
We continue our journey together and as always, we pick up spiritual gifts along the path.
A few nights ago, I had a dream and there was an owl on my pillow, next to my head; quiet and alert.
I always take special notice when the winged ones show up in a dream. There is a message for me and perhaps, for you as well.
Owl’s hunt at night and have the ability to see what others may miss. The message from this awesome creature is not to be distracted by what you see on the outside.
Here are the first two lines of the 3rd stanza of my poem: Who Is It That You Look For? Is it I, He?
So take my hand in silence, in goodness and in faith.
Never despair again about your long due wait.
(DMOL, Patricia A. Zorn, pg. 57)
Here are tips for Week 3:
- Appearances can be deceiving. “The eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eyes are no good, your body will be in darkness. So if the light in you is darkness, how terribly dark it will be! (Mt. 6:22-23)
- “To Thine Own-self Be True.” Do not allow the disconcerted confusion or despair to interfere with your journey or the work you have been called to do.
“You shed light on the road leading to heartfelt compassion. You tell us turn to God and believe.” (Brother Roger)