YOU are the branches

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We are the branch, Christ our God is the Root! 

John 15:5 NASB

I am the vine, {you} are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Isaiah 11:1 NASB

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a {branch} from his roots will bear fruit.

This is speaking about YOU who are Born again of God’s Spirit.

Isaiah 11:2-5 NASB

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord . And He will delight in the fear of the Lord , And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

When we behold and believe Him who He sent:

Isaiah 11:10 NASB

Then in that day The nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; And His resting place will be glorious.

Jesus Christ is our {Root}, {Vine}, {True GOD}, and He lives in those who are born again.

This is who YOU are! Know your identity!

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7 daily steps to healthy co-parenting.

Co-parenting at its finest. Blessed by this reminder.

Candice Curry - W3

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A few months back I had some friends ask if I would write about the birds and the bees. It was uncomfortable for some but I did it.  Now I’ve had a few friends ask that I write about co-parenting. It could be because I have a not so common co-parenting situation. It will be uncomfortable for some but I did it. I’ve been co-parenting with my ex-husband for 14 years and while we’ve had a few speed bumps along the way, we’ve had an oddly easy road. I honestly can’t remember the last time we had a disagreement and have no idea when the last time we actually verbally argued . I can say with certainty that it takes maturity on both sides to make it work and it has to be ALL about the child. I’d say when it comes to co-parenting ,on a scale of 1-10, 10…

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A perfect person is One with Christ

A perfect person is One with Christ.

John 17:22-23 NASB

The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

Remember the flesh profits nothing. We don’t appraise the things of the flesh but that of the Spirit and bc of that those born again are perfect.

1 John 4:15-17 NASB

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

Because as He is, so also are we in this world.

We as born again children have to be careful what we claim as US, we are not our flesh.

Romans 8:9-10 NASB

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

John 3:6 NASB

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

Why does this matter?

Matthew 12:37 NASB

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

John 9:31 NASB

We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Stop claiming to be sinners. If you have been baptized in water and Spirit your old self HAS died.

Romans 6:3-7 NASB

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

Many are afraid to accept this and use these texts to keep ahold of their sinful nature.

1 John 1:8, 10 NASB

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Forgetting that 1 John continues, and refuses to see these following text that was in the middle of these two texts.

1 John 1:9 NASB

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Remember we have to repent of our old thinking we have to admit as carnal (flesh) we were sinners. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, which is death, sin. Many refused to believe Jesus when He told them they needed to be freed from sin.

John 8:31-33 NASB

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

What I want you to see is Jesus spoke this to the Jews “who HAD believed Him. Just like today many believe Jesus but refuse to continue in HIS Words of freedom. They WANT to stay in their sin.

When Jesus returns He is not going to then clean you from your sins, He already did that at the cross.

Hebrews 9:28 NASB

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Know who you truly are!

Matthew 5:48 NASB

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.