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Lean In {Listen To His Heart For You}

 

I sat to read a specific verse today about we being the branches and Jesus the Gardener. Somehow I got caught between all these words and I couldn’t help but feel how loved I am and how clearly God speaks. Our problem is we’re too busy to hear. We’re too distracted to focus. We’re too occupied with the things this world offers, we have no room to receive what He wants to bestow upon us.

If we’ll lean in. We can take our fingers and put them on the pulse of Jesus’ heart. Lean in a little closer and you’ll realize He’s revealing the heart of the Father. Shut out the noises, the distractions. Gather the parts of your heart and mind you’ve left fragmented in different ambitions, pursuits, and endeavors… and feel the pulse of God. Feel the rhythm of His heart. With every beat, you’ll hear a resounding “I love you! I love you! I love you!”

Go ahead…

I love you!I love you!I love you!

John 13

(v.34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 

(v. 35) By this [loving one another] all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 14

(vs. 1-4) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 

And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

(v. 6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

(v. 7) “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

(v. 9) Jesus said to him, …”He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

(v. 10) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 

(v. 11) Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

(v. 12) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 

(v. 13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

(v. 15) “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 

(vs. 16-17) And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 

(v. 18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

(v. 19) “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.

(v. 20) At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 

(v. 21) He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

(v. 23) Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

 (v. 24) He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

(v. 26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 

(v. 27) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 15

(v. 1) “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 

(v. 4) Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

(v. 5 ) “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. 

(v. 6) 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. 

(v. 7) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

(v. 9) “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

(v. 10) If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

(v. 11) “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 

(v. 12) This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

(v. 13) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 

(v. 15) No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 

(v. 16) You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 

(v. 17) These things I command you, that you love one another.

(v. 18) “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 

(v. 20) Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 

(v. 21) But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

 (v. 22) If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 

(v. 23) He who hates Me hates My Father also.

(v. 24) If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

(v. 26) “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 

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