Titus Lehman - Waimea Special Meeting - March 1, 2009

Hymn chosen:  380, 307, and 226

The folks in Utah sent their greetings.  There are differences between here and there.  But the things that are the same are the important things – the things that are eternal – the things that we value.

Numbers 13:23 – 28,

23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

24The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

26And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27And they told him, and said, "We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there."

John 15:1,

1I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.

Fruit and the enemy.  The fruit they’ve enjoyed here, not speaking of the papaya and mango, but love and joy that is beyond "happy."  Joy, even when things are hard, even when things are falling apart.  Jesus was the happiest person that ever lived.  "God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."  Jesus had joy, even facing the cross.

The field:  the will of God.  The treasure hid in the field.  All we have to do is buy it.  The will of God for us is the treasure hid in the field.  The land.  We can go up and buy it or not.  We can be in there or not.  When we say "I can’t," the battle is over (no faith).  When we say "I believe," the battle is over, also:  faith.  Possibilities.  If God is with us, our enemies don’t have a chance.  If God is not with us, we don’t have a chance.

Numbers 13, ten said, "You can’t do it," and two had faith.

John 15:1, the true vine "….. without me ye can do nothing."  Without God, we can do nothing of eternal value.

Ecclesiastes, Solomon gained so much, and writes, "I hated life."

God is taking care of the vine.  God is trusting us to let him do that.  Jesus passed the emblems to Judas.  God takes care of cutting off branches not bearing fruit. What happens when a branch is cut off?  It dies!  If we grieve God long enough, he can take away His Spirit.

Romans 8, anyone that has not the Spirit is none of His.  Get right with God and He will give us His Spirit.

Acts 5:32,

32And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him.

God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him.  When we listen to what He says, that will affect our prayer life.  That will help us to know how to love others, and to have joy and peace.  "Ask what ye will and it will be done unto you."  Follow, trust, and God does the work.  Ask, and God will give us what we need.  Ask in accordance to His will.  

Verse 11, God taught them how to be fishers of men.  The older worker told him when he began in the work, and was wondering how he could love all these people he didn’t even know.  "I will teach you how to be fishers of men."  If we are willing to follow, He will show us how, and what He wants us to do.  We need help to have love and peace.  Follow and trust, and we will be what we should be.

11These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

How did Jesus love?  Judas: Jesus loved him.  Jesus handed him the bread and the cup.  Jesus did not tell Judas that he could not.  Jesus had divine love.  It is human love to love those who love us, and divine love to love those who hate us.  Jesus said, "Continue in My love."  Jesus said on the cross,  "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Jesus wept over the city.

It is our responsibility to love,

34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

"Love, as I’ve loved you."  He’d made them aware of wrong thoughts (like who would be the greatest), and washed their feet.  The joy Jesus had.

Joy:  Psalms 51, "Joy of thy salvation.”  People speaking against David, but he knew he had the love of God, and the anointing.  This gave him joy in sorrow.  Jesus forgave those who killed Him.  God forgave them, but their salvation was up to them.  When we forgive others, God forgives them.

John 14:27,

27Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:1,

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

God is still in control.  God is our Father.  He’s looking out for us.  Paul in the midst of the storm, "I know where you are and what you are going through."  This applies to us also.  Take a little food for the journey ahead.  We need strength for the journey ahead:  we can get that in prayer.

Romans 11, the Jews and the Gentiles,

20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith.  Be not highminded, but fear:

24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

We get connected with this vine by faith.  Faith is the key.  We are grafted into the divine tree.  Otherwise we’d have no hope of the kind of love, joy and peace Jesus had.  When you throw a rock up at a mango tree, you don’t get a rock falling off the tree, you get a mango.  Contrary to nature, when a twig is grafted into a tree stump (like the English walnut into Black Walnut), the fruit is of the English or that grafted in.  When we are grafted in, we produce fruit from the tree, not of ourselves.

John 15:16,

16That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Asking in His Will.  James 4, they were not asking in His will.  Forgiving another will not bring that person salvation, but it will affect our prayer life.  Jesus didn’t fight back, or ridicule back.  He had fruit (love) to share.

Luke 6:32-34,

32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye?  For sinners also love those that love them.

33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye?  For sinners also do even the same.

34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye?  For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

How we should love others:

38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Judge not – and ye’ll not be judged, condemn not, and ye’ll not be condemned. Give because we love.

Love your enemies.

We have a wonderful husbandman who is looking after the vine.