I Fell on my Face – For the Love of the Vine – Ezekiel Chapter 15 & 16a

A few years ago, I did a detailed study in the book of Ezekiel. I’m going to be posting the prophetic insights from each chapter over the next little bit. If you want the full teaching, it’s available on my YouTube channel (link in below).
👉🏼 Are we bearing fruit on the Vine?
1. Are we bearing fruit for the Vine?
The book of Ezekiel still speaks to us today. It especially speaks to our current global season. The Vine was an idiom for Israel but now Christ is the Vine we are now the branches. He has taken our place. Are we bearing fruit for him? Remember, every branch that doesn’t bear fruit is cut off and cast into the fire. In context, Jesus is not talking about hellfire here. The fire is pruning and trials. Think of it as a trial by fire.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
John 15:5-6 NKJV‬
How do we bear fruit? We must ABIDE in him. We remain in the Vine and keep our hearts thankful, humble and submitted to the One who is the lover of our soul. We must find the balance between being intimate with God while also walking in the fear of the Lord. We don’t fear man, we fear God.
Fruit is not borne out of effort. No amount of an apple tree telling itself to produce apples will produce apples. It will naturally bear apples as it sits in the soil, it’s watered, it’s tended to, it abides, it’s fed, it’s fertilised. So, it is not about striving to bear fruit. It’s abiding in him, trusting the process and bearing fruit in due season. This fruit is that of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23).
2. What do we have to brag about?
Jerusalem had a lot to brag about. She’d been this dirty, filthy little child the Lord had pity and compassion for. The Lord had picked her up, raised her to the station of a Queen, clothed her in fine garments and gave her what she desired. She had come to great prominence during Solomon’s reign. Sadly, she fell away and became unfaithful to the Lord.
Once again, what do WE have to brag about? What has God brought us up from? Where has he pulled us from? Speaking for myself and what I’ve walked through in life, but for Jesus, I’d be dead or in a ditch somewhere. BUT GOD!! There is nothing within me that could bring me to where I am now. It is purely his faithfulness that has done it. My part? Abiding in him.
3. He loves us with a violent passion.
As a parent, we understand we have a violent passion for our own children. We love them so much it hurts. In our house, we call it violent affection 😂
As a parent, if our child does something dangerous, we feel a violent passion for that child. Let’s say they’ve tried to run in front of a car or have done something incredibly dangerous as a teenager. We have a feeling of almost wanting to strangle them while holding them very close. Our love for them is fierce.
This analogy fails a little in describing our perfect heavenly Father, but it helps us understand how the Lord shakes us up from time to time. This is the reason we receive judgement or consequences for our actions. The purposes of it are redemptive in nature. If we are not bearing fruit, he’s going to cut it off and cast it into the fire. That is some form of judgement. As Christians, this looks like the refiner’s fire. It’s pruning. It’s painful. But there is a lesson to learn. If we abide in the Vine we WILL bear fruit. That’s a promise!
Are we bearing fruit for the Vine?

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