Sunday, April 22, 2012

Theology by Jonathan

Tonight as we were sitting around talking, Jonathan was playing at my feet. 

Being very speech delayed, he is often hard to understand.  (understatement ;)

So tonight, when I had to ask him to repeat something 2 or 3 times, I was not expecting to decipher a great theological statement.

Yet, there it was.

And on the very day that I had foolishly wondered how he would ever be able to understand God's offer of salvation. . . . .

Looking at me with his precious and, so very often, innocent eyes, he said, "Jesus is God."

It doesn't take much theological pondering to realize how he learned this.

The same Jesus who is God has already begun revealing Himself to little Jonathan.

Who am I to doubt?  It is not dependent upon Jonathan's delays or lack thereof. 

It is God who opens the eyes of the spiritually blind.

Once again, and in a very new way, I am so thankful for His grace and the faith that is a gift of God.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God"  (Ephesians 2:8).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pruned to Bloom

Some friends and I meet every other Monday night for Bible study.  Currently, we are also using Nancy Leigh Demoss's Becoming God's True Woman as a guide.  This has been a great book, and I have learned a lot and been very encouraged!

This week we discussed the chapter entitled, "Pruned to Bloom."  Wow!  What a great exposition on John 15:1-8!  It is a great reminder of who the Lord prunes and why the Lord prunes.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit"  (John 15:1-2).

As Believers, none of us have arrived.  We are simply saved by His grace and growing in our walk with Him, by His grace. 

And since we have not reached perfection, we will be pruned regularly! 

In the vineyard, when the gardener comes out to prune, it is the wise grape branch that realizes the pruning may be painful but that it is helpful and, really, essential.  The pruning cuts off branches that likely have been infested with fungus, and it allows the grape branch to grow back again. . . .and this time healthier and able to bear "more fruit."   

Are you in a season of pruning now?  Is the Lord using a situation, an event, or maybe even a relationship to cut away the "fungus" in your life? 

If so, be like the wise grape branch.  Stop wasting your time with the "what if's" and even the "why's."  If we truly trust Him like we like to say we do, we will thank Him and look forward to the blooming that is sure to come.