Power of a made up mind Part III
The Power of being properly connected
Synopsis of Bible Study 3/9/11
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
I. Why is this important?
- Well remember last week we talked about the goal (the destination)? Know that there is always something that God aims us towards and it is the goal. When we look at that goal, often we think that it is about the end result, but the truth is, it isn’t. There are some things that God wants manifested in us and through us once we arrive at that place. People go through life and they wonder why they are not bearing fruit. They wonder why they are not productive and why they are not where they need to be.
II. This is where it begins:
- It starts with frustration – You are saying to yourself that you are frustrated, because you know that there is so much more that you can do with your life. We know that there is so much more that God has inside of us that we should be doing and producing. What that frustration should do is bring you to a place of motivation.
- Motivation – If you are not frustrated about it, you will not be motivated to do anything about it. Now you become motivated to figure out that there is another shift going on in your life. This causes a season of evaluation.
- Evaluation- You begin to access your relationships and your crowds and environments. All these things are important. Now as you begin to assess and do this evaluation, you have started to read this synopsis and you have begun going to church more often, because you need revelation.
- Revelation- We need a word. We know if we are going to get where God needs us to be and if we are going to be productive in our life, we come to church, to bible study, and we read these notes, because we need revelation. It is our hope that once you get the revelation from reading this tonight, it will spawn a great deal of determination within you your life.
- Determination- -We hope you leave here determined and you leave here saying I got it and I am going to move forward in it. Through this determination, we hope you get restoration.
- Restoration- We want to get back into proper alignment with God. We want our relationship to be restored in proper relationship with God. When that happens, you experience, elevation.
- Elevation- All the dreams and all the things just begin to manifest at an entirely different level in our life.
III. It is important to know what it means to abide in him
- To abide suggests that we are enduring without yielding. It means that we are remaining stable or fixed. We maintain stability in an unstable situation. We must repeat to ourselves, “Stable in an unstable situation.” Often times we can’t control the environment around us, but we can control ourselves in it. As a result, the idea of abiding means that because of our proper connection to him, we are able to have stability even when things around us might not be as stable as we like them to be.
- The Greek word for abide is 3306. meno men’-o a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):. It really suggests to stay in a given place in expectancy. We are not stable in this place for nothing. We are stable expecting something to happen. If we didn’t believe anything was going to happen, we would fall into depression. The fact that we are here and stable in this place, though there is uncertainty around us, shows that we expect something to happen.
- Jesus wants us to be clear about our position. Jesus shares in John 15:1-31I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. – Jesus says he is the true vine. God is the gardener (the one who takes care of the garden; the vinedresser). Christ is the true vine. We are the branches. At the end of the day, that is what makes us all alike. It doesn’t matter what is behind our name. We have to see ourselves in relationship with God as branches.
- The branches benefit from the relationship with the vine. John 15:4 says 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – Everything that the branches need to be productive, they get by relationship with the vine. Who’s the vine? The vine is Jesus Christ. Our proper connection to Christ allows us to receive whatever he wants to have manifested in our lives as it relates to fruitfulness and productivity as long as we stay stably connected to him.
- You can be attached, but not truly abiding. John 15:2 says 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.- This scripture suggests that you can be a branch connected to the vine, but not in proper alignment or connection with God. You can be attached, but not truly abiding. You can tell this, because you are not producing fruit. You can be in church every week and doing the things that you think are right, but still be frustrated because there is no fruit in your life. It is sometimes because branches can be connected to vines, but not properly connected. You look connected, but you are not. Sometimes you can have branches on trees and winds and storms will come and shake the branches and pull at the branches in such a way that that pressures from the wind will cause the branch to severe itself from the vine just a little bit. Well that little bit of severe impacts what the vine is trying to get to the branch. As a result of that space that has been created between the vine and the branch, even though it looks connected from a distance, there is no fruit on the branch. Sometimes people, who are playing, can jump up and try to pull down a branch. In other words, people on one level can reach up and try to pull a branch down to their level. This can cause harm to the branch, because it can cause the branch to severe from the vine and as a result, the branch does not bear the fruit. You are a branch and your responsibility is to stay connected to the branch. Sometimes the storms in life will come to test you. Sometimes you will succumb to the storm out of frustration and sometimes the storms will pull you away from the vine just a little bit. This is evident when you don’t come to church or pray like you ought to and all of a sudden you are wonder why there is no fruit. Sometimes people on a much lower level than you are playing with your life. They are pulling at you and pulling you down from where you ought to be. The bad thing is we sometimes entertain this. As a result it pulls you away from God and you don’t bear fruit.
- When there is a disconnect, it is bad advertisement for the kingdom.
- And to every branch, just because you bear fruit, don’t get comfortable. God says he will have to prune us so that we can bear more fruit. You thought you bore fruit last year, that ain’t satisfying God, because this year you have to bear more fruit. We ask the Lord to enlarge our territory and as a result, the Lord says we need more pruning. Because we don’t like pain, we say that we have had enough, but know that you got to bear fruit.
- You can’t become stagnate because productivity is progressive. If you are productive and you remain productive the same every year, you become antiquated and outdated. Productivity is always moving. This is one of the beautiful things about technology. As soon as you buy it, it is already outdated, so we understand that in order to be productive, we have to stay ahead of the curve.
- We can’t produce of ourselves. John 15:4 says 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – We need the vine. Everything we need is in the vine. When you can wrap your mind around that principle, then you will stop looking for it outside the vine. You will never go and play yourself doing foolish stuff like trying to get people to pay your rent when the vine is right there to take care of you. We don’t need anyone to take care of us when we got the vine doing it. If you are not connected to the vine, you put people in a position that they were never intended to be in. If Jesus calls himself the true vine, then this is acknowledgement that there are other vines available.
- We have to see ourselves as one with Christ. This whole idea of aiding or stability is to become one with Christ. John 17:20-22 says 20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: – Jesus says that you know we are one (Him and his father). He says what he is praying for is that we who come into relationship with him might be one with them. When we come into relationship with Jesus Christ, we become one with the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost.
- The glory is on us. We become one with him, because he’s the vine and we are a branch. When you see a beautiful tree, you don’t say “Look at that beautiful branch”. Instead you say, “Look at that beautiful tree”, because they see it as one. This means when people see you, they ought to see Christ in you because they see us as one with Christ.
- Your oneness and your mate’s oneness ought to be connected to the same vine. The only way you two become one is through that vine. You can’t be connected to a vine and they are on another farm connected to something else. We need someone on the same vine. Ephesians 1:3 says 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: – We have every spiritual blessing that God has available to us, through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:4-6 says 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: – God loved us when we were dead in our trespasses. When we evaluate this, we are at a whole other level. Productive people live at another level mentally and spiritually. They operate at another altitude.
IV. How do they do it?
- They do it because they understand communion with Christ. The problem in so many churches is we understand communion as something that happens in church. They say they are going to take communion, but don’t’ have any idea what communion really means. The word communion is a Greek 2842. koinonia koy-nohn-ee’-ah. It means having common partnership or fellowship. It means that a person shares in fellowship and they enjoy it and it is not forced. It is not something that is forced upon you. It is something you enjoy doing. When you in relationship with someone (such as a spouse) it is koinonia, because you like spending time with them. Even when they are not in your presence, you can feel them in your presence.
- If you have a relationship with God and you don’t miss him, then this isn’t koinonia. This is not communion, it is just communication with God Ex- You speak to someone when you enter a room it is just proper and polite. On the other hand if you make an investment in the person by stopping to get to know them and talking to them every time you see them, then you begin to carry that person with you. You have a connection. It has taken another form other than just communication.
- Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:14 14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. – Notice this scripture says the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – He says he wants us to understand the power of communing with God. Corinthians 10:16 says 16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? – The cup which we bless, isn’t it the communion of blood of Jesus Christ? The bread which we break, isn’t it the communion of the body of Christ. In other words, when we understand communion, it means that we have been through enough stuff that this thing is no play thing for us.
- Our communion with God is born out of experiences that we have gone through. We don’t come to church out of religious requirements, because we have been through too much. This thing is real. No one has to make us make us lift up our hands or tell us to clap. You can respond to God like you want. This thing is so real to us; we refuse to respond to some human in a greater way than we respond to God. If some human can give us chill bumps when we see them, how come God can’t give us chill bumps? The name of Jesus ought to make something happen inside of us. If you don’t understand this, it is because you don’t get communion.
- I start looking like him and talking to him because of the things we have gone through. Philippians 3:10 says 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; – When you come to place of communion, it is powerful. When you come to a place of communion, you commune with people who have similar experiences as you. Ex- Bishop was preaching in a city a few years ago. They put him on the 37th floor of a hotel. He got on and the elevator which was crowed. Bishop says he is the guy who speaks to everyone on the elevator, particularly those who are trying to be quiet. Bishop’s belief is if you are going to be in an enclosed environment together with someone, you need to know who you are and what they are doing. You don’t know what is going to happen between their floor and your floor. So Bishop starts speaking and finding out where everyone is from. He starts meeting people and getting to know them. However, some conversations were cut short, because they had to get off on earlier floors. The longer conversations occurred with those that got off on the later floors. The communion developed with those people who were going to his level or his floor. You can’t commune with people who are not trying to go where you are going. Some people are trying to figure what happened. Why don’t you talk to these people that you used to be cool with anymore? It is because they had to exit. They are not going where you going. You can’t commune with people that have to get off on lower floor. What is frustrating to the kingdom is when you try to stand in the elevator door and have communication with people who have exited. The problem is you are holding up people who are trying to get to their floor (their level). Please close that door. Even the elevator makes a sound trying to tell you to close the door. If you were supposed to be on the 4th floor, you would have had a key to the floor.
V. We have to learn how to depend on him
- Now look at this. John 15:5 says 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. – If you know your proper alignment with God, then you realize without him you can’t do anything Ex-. The Associated Press released something from a study done by the Agriculture School of Iowa. They studied 100 bushels of corn for one acre of land. They looked at the hours of labor required to produce the 100 bushels. It took 4 million pounds of water, 6800 lbs of oxygen and 5200 lbs of carbon, 160lbs of nitrogen, 125 lbs of potassium, 75lbs of yellow sulfur, and other elements too numerous to list. In addition to this, rain and sunshine were critical. It was estimated that only 5% of the produce that was produced on the farm could be attributed to man’s efforts. After all of those different elements, man only had 5% contribution The other 95% of it was all God. After all your getting, remember this: When they say you are hired, when you walk across that stage, when you get approved for that house, remember that it was God that made possible.
- Without the vine, the branch can’t do anything. John 15:6 says 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. -It appears that a branch has to make a conscious effort to stay connected to the vine. John 15:2 says 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. According to this scripture, you can be connected and not bear fruit. In verse 6, it says if you make a conscious decision to do your own thing, then you are cast forth as a branch, but you will wither. In other words, you will wonder why your carrier is not taking off or why your family is not functional. It will be because you made a conscious decision to disconnect from your source of your strength which is the vine. When you are separated from the vine, you start to wither.
- Men gather you. Now your destiny is in the hands of man. Now you have placed your destiny in the hands of people who might not even have a relationship with your God. Now you got to pass out your card, suck up to folk, and kiss folk’s behind just to get by. Now you need man to take care of you. Remember that people may hook you up for a season, but according to verse 6, you will end up burned. How many of you know people who ended up burned. We don’t want to go through all of that just to end up burned? We are ready to get back properly aligned.
- Ask what you will. John 15:7 says 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – If you understand what it means to be one (abide), then his word (gained from communion) is inside of you, then you will ask what you desire. This is not giving you your carnal contemplation. You will never ask for anything that is not in this word. If you ask it in this word, you then have a right to receive, because his word abides in us and we abide in him. It will then be done. The desire that you have according to his word will be done. Ex- Go to McDonalds and go to the drive through. You order from the menu, because you know what they have in the restaurant is on that menu. The more you go to McDonalds, the less you have to look at the menu, because the menu is in you. When you order it, you already know that it is done. You have anticipation that what is called up is already done before you get to where you need to go to receive it. You spoke it, because you knew it was on the menu. When you get God’s word it is the same way. When you see it in God’s word, you have a right to order it off his word. Just like McDonalds, when you have a strong desire for something, you can ask for your order to be supersized. God promised that he would do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think. We are not being selfish, but we need a supersized blessing over our life right through here.
- Look at the verse 6 again. John 15:6 says 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. It says if we ask for it, it shall be done. Sometimes you got to wait until other folk in front of you get the blessing first. God might just fix it to see how you are going to react when your neighbor gets their blessing first. Tell them to get the blessing and get out the line. When they get their blessing we move up one more place.
- Sometimes when you get there (to the window), they tell you to pull over, because it ain’t ready yet. Now you got to watch folk behind you get blessed before you. Can you praise God when people that started after you get their blessing before you? When your blessing comes, they are going to put something extra in your bag for the wait. That is called double for my trouble. Sometimes when you get up there (to the window), it seems like they gave the last person before you the last order of fries. What we love about this is they now have to drop us a fresh order.
- God gets the glory when I bear fruit. John 15:8 says 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. – It is the will of God for us to be productive and bring forth fruit. Our sufficiency is really in the vine. We recognize that what we need is in the vine. The first 2 words of verse one tells you who he is. Who is going to pay my bills? He is. Who’s going to heal me? He is. We can’t afford to go on the spiritual sabbaticals. We need to get connected. The productivity of our lives is tied to us being connected.
- God aimed you towards a goal and Satan tried to keep you from getting there. It wasn’t about reaching for the goal alone. If it was, we would have forgotten God when we got there. By this we mean what it cost us to get it, made us forget it. We have to know that we can’t produce in this place without him. We pray in this spot. We read the word in this spot. We will never get too busy to move him out of the way. We want to be productive, because now the father will be glorified. Whatever we do, he will get the glory. He might have to prune us, but everything we go through, is to get more fruit out of us. Some of you know that you have shifted. When we talked about the elevator, it was real for you. You are at a point that in you is so much that God wants to see produced. You want the Lord to use you. You don’t want to be locked in this spot. You are ready to be used and you a willing to do whatever God wants you to just to be fruitful. If you pushed through you have brought forth fruit before. However, in this season, you will have the greatest season of producing that you ever had before. Know that we produce without excuse.