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9/3/2016 Daily Journal Entry (Election and the Vine)
Posted By: Halder, Jon On: 03 Sep 2016 08:11:41

Hello Lord,

I really enjoyed the True Vine devotional this morning on election.  I could only choose You because You chose me first.  Your choice was primary, it is not because of my act of choosing You that did anything, but Yours of choosing me.  And then the implications of that.  That You chose me and want to equip me to bear fruit.  You want to abide in me, cleanse me, heal me.  You actually WANT to tell me, "Well done my good and faithful servant" more than I want it.  But You will tell the truth.  The dependency is on my will.  As I surrender my will to Yours, or resurrender my will to Yours each and every moment, I am connected to Jesus the true vine and my fruit starts growing and ripening.  Then You father as the vine-keeper, the husbandman? of the vine and branches, will prune those unhealthy areas where I do not surrender and where I nurse my pet sins.  You will equip me to serve You through my thoughts, attitudes, feelings, body, words, and any other way in which I can act.  I just need to recognize the areas that You show me that I need to surrender and give them over to You.  I don't have to feel like it, I just have to do it.  Surrendering isn't a feeling, it's an act of will.  Then You will transform my mind to be more and more like Christ's mind.  I will be a part of the church, which is people, not buildings.  I will literally be a part of Your body, acting according to the mind's instruction (the mind of Christ - He is the mind, the head).  Praise You Father for Your infinite wisdom and for Your perfect plan of redemption.  Help me reveal this mystery to others and reconcile them to You.


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