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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a
Protection and Provision                             by J. Kirkpatrick
The Family Structure                                   by G. Kikrpatrick
Protective Hands of Love                            by F. Moore

PROTECTION AND PROVISION

We have great protection in the palm of His hands. Under the shadow of His wings we can rest, assured that He is the protector and provider to the entrance of our dwelling place. We have observed that there is great stablility when our house is founded on the Rock which is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, John 1:1, Luke 6:48, & I John 5:7. The Pillars of Praise and Prayer are the great stablilizer's of our dwelling as we lift our hands in complete surrender to His will. The only safe entrance into our dwelling is through the Pillars of Protection and Provision. As wise homemakers, we need to insure that we are ever observant and watchful of those things that would seek to re-enter our abode. Anger, jealousy, envy, fear, guilt, strife, contention, and so many other things lurk in the shadows, seeking to once again establish their places in our homes. Begin today to set a vigilant watch at the entrance of your doors. God's pro - vision and His protective hands alone can put a stop to those intruders.

The Family Structure

by G. Kirkpatrick, OH

We are not only a family because we have the same last name, but we are family because we have have the same Father. A family needs a place to live and that place is a house. A house is where the family lives together. It is a place of protection from the outside world. A house is where all corrupting influences should be shut out. There is safety and security for the children and the husband and wife. We are shown in the Bible what a house should be:

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock." *** Luke 6:48

Our house must be founded upon the Rock. If it is not founded upon the Rock it will fall apart. If you wonder why there are so many broken homes, it is because they are not founded upon the Rock. What else should your house be? Jesus spoke,

"And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." *** Mat 21:13

If our house is not a house of prayer the gates of hell will prevail against it. Where do children learn how to pray? Children do what they see their parents doing? If you don't want your children to do it, then don't do it. Your house of prayer must be founded upon the Rock. What else? When satan appeared before the Lord, God asked him if he had considered Job.

"Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." *** Job 1:10

Job was hedged in. Satan could not touch him. Everything Job had was hedged about. The works of his hands were blessed. So we need our house of prayer to be founded upon the Rock and hedged about. What else does our house need? Love! When love is added that house becomes a home. A home is to be the place of security, comfort, joy and protection. The world is full of houses. We need to be sure our house is a home. In the Bible the word home appears 50 times. Fifty is the number of the Holy Spirit. The word home was always used as a place where people returned to. Your house needs to be the home your children will always want to return home to. The Rock is your foundation. Prayer is your strength and the Holy Spirit is your hedge. Your love manifested through strength, comfort and joy are the furnishings in your house.

H O U S E      H O S E

Without " u ", your house is only a hose that the children run through; children allowed to grow up, instead of being raised.

H O S E      H O M E

        When you remove the " s "  (separation)  and replace it with
         " m " then you will truly have a " h o m e ".

        When you add much mercy and much, much, much love, your home will humm.

When you take the "u" in the house and turn it into "unity", God will hedge you and your whole family with His protective hands. There is great safety and security when our house becomes founded on the rock, with prayer and praise as our strength and the Holy Spirit as our hedge. Let God's manifested, unyielded, unfailing love become the strength, comfort and joy of your home.

PROTECTIVE HANDS OF LOVE

Frankie Moore from Lincoln Nebraska shares, "...Let me tell you about how I learned to obey the Lord's voice:

"... One day, several years ago, I was in my room having my time of prayer and devotions. It was a very special time and I felt a strong anointing upon me. I was enjoying my time with the Lord immensely. Then, out of the blue, the Lord told me to go across the street and tell my neighbor (who had moved to the USA from Greece about 2 years prior) that I loved her.

This lady and I had been friends for about 6 months and for the most part had overcome the language barrier. We were com-municating quite well but ... How would she respond when I told her that I loved her???? I was afraid to find out! I procras-tinated and kept praying. It wasn't the same. That wee small voice kept telling me to go immediately and tell this lady that I loved her.

Reluctantly, I arose and went and knocked on her door. I waited. No answer. I knocked again. I waited. No answer. I said in my heart, "See God!!! She isn't even home." Just as I said that, the door opened slowly. There she stood before me. Eyes swollen almost shut.

I began to speak and this is what I said. "My friend, I was just over at my house praying and God spoke to my heart to come over here and tell you how much I love you". With that she flung open the door and threw her arms around me...

She held me close for quite some time, then took my hand and led me through her front door. When inside she held out her hand and showed me the razor blade she had in her grasp. She said just before I had come to her door, she was preparing to slit her wrist and do away with herself because no one loved her or cared what she did. She had been very lonely and despondent for days. She felt that she had no one she could turn to since she was miles away from her family and friends.

I have always been so thankful that I obeyed the voice of the Spirit that day. I didn't know what was going on in the life of that individual, but He did. What didn't make any sense to me was perfectly logical to Him, and of great importance. That day opened the door for my Greek friend to hear and understand the gospel. We prayed together and she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Saviour.


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