Monday, January 9, 2017

Jesus and Wine Making

Seasons in the Vineyard 🍇
1) seasons of manifestation 
We feel God's presence
He is seeking us 
He invades our world
Ministers to your soul

2) seasons of hiddenness 
We trust God's promises
He invites us to go deeper with Him
Ministers to your mind to build faith
We seek Him 

Vineyards become silent in dormancy - season of hiddenness
A time of shaping 
Energy has moved from leaves to unseen roots (you can't see the work God is doing right now, so it's frustrating because you don't feel like anything is happening)
{Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."}
Tears / weeping bc the cutting and bleeding of the plant (the plant has to feel pain to be prepared to grow in the next season)
Psalm 126:5 - "those who sow with tears will reap with joy"
Don't despise the winter; for it is preparing you for spring- for wonderful growth

Miraculous transformation in the vineyard - NEW LIFE and GROWTH!
Sap flows from vine to bud and the vine becomes a living spring 
Season of spiritual manifestation and resurrection 
No pruning bc the season of weeping is over 

Early summer the plant begins to flower // mature
Heat gets higher (pressure in life)
Branches start to grow false vines or false securities bc now there's less water
Pruning must resume to get rid of the false branches
Canopy cover - God covers us with His love but trims back any leaf that blocks the heat that grows (areas in our life that may stunt our spiritual growth - gotta get rid of them!!!)
***The Father desires grapes now; not growth. 

Harvest season
Green harvest occurs
Green berries turn into deep purple grapes 🍇🍇🍇
Rain & water are essential to produce grapes without blemish (we are to be holy - always striving to be like Jesus; without blemish)
Green-new life
Ephesians 3:20-21 -  "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory!"
Community celebration -wine press
"The crush season"
The goal is a new wine - spiritual maturity, leading others to Christ, overflowing with the Spirit.
Isaiah 53:5 "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."
In crushing season, we have to operate under a different mindset
Season of worship ❤
Praising God for the work He has done in your life.

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