Beloved, I bring you to this place with questions and wait for your answer. This is a place where there is no backing down and running to and fro, but standing and seeing Me move. Standing when it means humiliation, insults, blame, or even death. When you can stand as these foes come against you and threaten to attack you can stand in honor and privilege and abundance.
My love what do you want to do? What do you want Me to do with you? Will this be a place of completion and parting and a moving on to new lands or a staying and being rooted so that I can make you like a tree planted by living waters and giving life and shade to others. I will make you mighty and strong to stand so that others can find relief and comfort and rest.
My love, I speak to you weighty words so that you will receive them with soberness and know how serious this choice of paths is before you. You must walk with Me with a determination and commitment that you have not known before. There is to be no speaking out or against this place I bring you in, but a full understanding that if you are moved or exalted or a way is made it is through Me and not of yourself or your own making.
My love, you have always had a wild spirit where you did not want to be caged in, but I tell you I need to use this strength and vigor under control, submitted to Me, and flowing through My conduit which will be a powerful outpouring. Your energies have been divided, for you have had a divided heart and mind. I bring you to your next place where this must not be so. There will be no going through the motions of commitment, but a heart, soul, mind, and body focused on Me and My ways.
This is a hard place for many, for they do not want to give up their independence. Even in a path of adventure, the only way for you to stand is to commit to Me and what I have for you. Your heart has pondered the question of which path do you choose. Will you go deeper with Me in this land or another. You try to imagine how things will be to make the best choice, but your heart continues to come back to, “What do you want, Lord?”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: They hated me without reason.“