The  Fruitful  Vine

"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a

Hidden and Waiting                                        by D. Busse
Pushing Against the Rock                               author unknown
Wait!     A Poem                                           author unknown

Hidden And Waiting

I have been at a place that I would call the wilderness. It has been a time of revealing the heart, cleansing and removing. He has said that whatever is in the heart will be manifest. I have seen my sin like I never saw it before, clearly, unmasked. I recall standing in my kitchen and the words came from my mouth. "Lord you have brought me here to die." That was the truth, it has been a place of dieing to self, all my dreams, desires, hopes, plans, thoughts of what would or could be. Death! Where it is just me and the Lord, and at times even He has seemed absent. No one calls anymore, those who I thought were friends have turned aside. I am not fun to be with, my mind is on other things, the parties hold no pleasure for me.

My desire is to hear from my Lord, to be with Him. It is His voice I long for, only His approval do I require. I believe I have been prepared all my life for "such a time as this" . I have been blessed with the blessing of rejection. I am at the edge of the "Red Sea". There is no possible way out, before me is the sea, behind me is bondage.....And do you know what.....the Lord has led me here! This is a place a complete dependancy on Him, unless He moves I am here forever. But, as with the Israelites, He has promised a new land, a land we will possess, flowing with milk and honey (anointing).

This is what we have to look forward to, this is what is before us, let us look past the circumstances and continue to look to our Lord.....for deliverance.....but not just for us but also for those who are called by His name, the name that is above all names.....Jesus.

There is a remnant, call it a Davidic Army.....that are being prepared to possess the land, you know who you are.....though others do not.....you relate to what I have said here, I want you to KNOW.....God has brought you to this place, He will bring you through. That no man will get the glory for what our Lord is about to do. Praise be to His name forever!!! In Him Who Matters Most.....D.Busse

Pushing Against The Rock

There was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man He had a work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture placing thoughts into the man's mind such as; "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it? etc." Thus, giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.

These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man even more. "Why kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just put in my time, giving just the minimum of effort and that will be good enough." And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of Prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

"Lord" he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock a half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

To this the Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when long ago I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back brown, your hands are calloused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven't moved the rock.

BUT YOUR CALLING WAS TO BE OBEDIENT,

TO PUSH AND TO EXERCISE YOUR FAITH

AND TRUST IN MY WISDOM

This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.

Author Unknown, Submitted by B. Lucas [email protected]

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Walking through fire does not mean the Father doesn't love you. All this truly means is that we are learning to Trust in Him day by day, moment by moment in all things. We are learning who the I AM is and when we have learned who He is, when we believe Him, adhere to, cleave to, trust in Him, then will we be full having been changed by His grace and mercy, inside out. Jesus declared. "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees who clean the outside of a cup and saucer but leave the inside dirty, white washed, no salt, no trust, no belief in Jesus." When we learn who Jesus is and establish a relationship with Him as declared in 1 John 2, for He said in this way you will know Me, have a relationship with Me, believe in Me, trust in Me, adhere to Me, and cleave to Me.

The time is coming for the fulfillment of Isaiah and the body will Arise and shine for the light of My glory is upon you. The light of His glory will be greater in this end-time than ever in the history of the earth. As the dark gets darker, the light gets greater. Doing the works of Jesus is not enough. We must know Him, have a relationship with Him, be intimately involved in Him. He must be the Lord and King of our life. He has sown good seed in us. Each farmer will determine if that crop will bear much to be poured into others lives. A vessel unto honor .....by the dying of ourselves and laying down of all dreams, hopes, and aspirations of what we can achieve. Focusing on Jesus and submitting to the Holy Spirit we become a vessel unto Honor for our Father, good fruit.

Wait

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master who gently said, "Child, you must wait."

"Wait, You say wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming your Word.

My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and YOU tell me to WAIT?
I'm needing a `yes' a go-ahead sign,
Or even a `no' to which I can resign.

And Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
Lord, I've been asking and this is my cry;
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!"

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate.
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting. . . for what?"

He seemed, then to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

All you seek I could give and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me.

When darkness and silence were all you could see.
You'd never experience that fullness of love,
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I live and I save . . . (for a start),

But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The glow of My comfort late into the night.
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.

You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that `My grace is sufficient for Thee.'
Yes, dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh the loss! If I lost what I'm doing to you!

So be silent, my child, and in time you will see,
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late
My most precious answer of all is still, `WAIT' "

Author Unknown


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