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Identified With Christ

  JOHN 15:1-6
  1       I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

  2    Every 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.

  3    Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

  4    Abide 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.

  5    I 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.

  6    If 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.

 

 We find many religions in the world today, even those professing Christ, but very few want to be identified with Christ. The problem is many are just that, they are religious, but not born of God, spiritually speaking! Now we are not trying to hurt you, but simply speak the truth! Many are faithful in Church attendance which in most cases is great, as long as we are feeding from the true vine (Christ), It is not the organized church that the kingdom of darkness fears, but rather the unified body of Christ, those living by the Word and full of the Holy Ghost, led by the spirit. Jesus spoke of this:

JOHN 3:5-7
  5    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

  6    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

  7    Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 Joining the church, or having your name on the book is good, but not good enough, you must be born again! There has to be a conversion take place, a transformation, a spiritual placing into the body of Christ.

 Many today are products of their churches, or worship centers. How do we know this, just ask the question; Are you a Christian? many will answer, I am this, or I am that, or I am of this preacher, or that one, or I follow this one or that one. This also can be alright if the word of God is being preached & taught 100%, and the leaders are not taking the glory for anything!

 

 CORINTHIANS 1:12
  12    Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

I CORINTHIANS 1:13
  13    Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

 I was born into a family name (naturally speaking), I will always bear that name, that blood will always be in my veins, spiritually it is no different, we are either born of God, or we are not, and if we are born of God, we will take on the nature of our Father, why? Because we are attached to the vine, to him, we are feeding from that vine (Christ), and we will bear fruits of that Vine (Christ the Word). If we willfully detach ourselves from the vine, and feed off another, then we will bear those fruits, but they will not be pure gospel fruits.

 

MATTHEW 7:19
  19    Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

MATTHEW 7:20
  20    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 We the Church are living in the time known as the Shaking, it is a proving time, a time of seperation, a time of standing for what is right in the sight of the Lord.

 

HEBREWS 12:26-29
  26    Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 

  27    And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 

  28    Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 

  29    For our God [is] a consuming fire.

 

 If we abide in the vine (Christ), and obey the Word of God, and the Spirit of God, and stay under the blood of Christ, then we, as the scriptures say cannot be shaken. But we must be true and faithful, quit playing church and be the church, the ekklesia, the called out ones.

II CORINTHIANS 6:14-18
  14    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 

  15    And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 

  16    And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

  17    Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, 

  18    And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

JOHN 1:12-13
  12    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 

  13    Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
ROMANS 1:16
  16       For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
 
 So who are we identified with? Is Jesus our all in all? Are we in love with the Lord? Remember
there are no Gray areas, we are either on the side of the Lord, livivng and believing his word, or we are not! You cannot take part of the bible, and forsake the rest, Jesus is the Word, and the Spirit and the Word must agree!
 
 If you are one of those fence straddlers, half committers, then you have never truly tasted the gift of God (Salvation), I am not talking just attending church, I am talking letting Jesus be your Lord and Savior, inviting Him into your heart, your life, letting him be your all in all.
 
Listen to what Jesus said:
 
JOHN 10:10
  10    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
 
 

Have Faith!

Jesus Is Lord