I Got Promoted! Now What?

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If you’re like me, who’s working on an 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM job (well technically it’s 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM for me, but you know what I mean!), getting promoted will never be off of your list. Let’s not kid ourselves, we all want a promotion or a raise at the very least! But once we already got it, what do we do next? As much as we’d always want to be “the very best,” *cue Pokemon theme* that cannot just simply happen all the time. Upon reaching the next level, it’s time for us to work hard again for the next one. It may sound like a never ending cycle but as long as we’re living we should never stop growing, right?

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Being Connected with the True Vine

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Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch bear fruits of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, be bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5

Jesus used the word “abide” in verse 4 as a command to the disciples because He knew that not all of them are abiding – that Jesus knew Judas would eventually betray Him. You see, in reality, not all believers abide every single time. We may be working in a Christian organization, earn a living, practice generosity, and even serve the poor and still not be able to abide. That is why we need to know that there is a difference between work and fruit. It is not impossible to be working for Christ and still not be fruitful just because we are not abiding. But how do we abide? The only way is to be connected as the branch to the one true vine (John 15:5). We have been called to be connected with the vine in order to not just produce fruit but to bear it; for bearing fruit is a natural outcome of being in Christ and letting Him live His life through us. We love Jesus because He first loved us (1John 4:19). We didn’t choose Him, He chose us to walk out our faith in obedience to Him (John 15:16).

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Jesus: Savior of the Fallen World

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“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 (NASB)

We learned from the first prophecy of God as recorded in Genesis 3:15 that the serpent was cursed after the fall of man and that this very event actually pointed to Jesus. Eventually, the prophet Isaiah also predicted Jesus called Immanuel (means God with us) to be born through a virgin as a seed of a woman and fulfilled in the New Testament (Matthew 1:18 and Galatians 4:4-5). Then this seed of the woman who is Jesus became the Savior of the fallen world (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11; 1 Timothy 1:15). But have you ever thought why God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? Well, God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Meaning, God gave human that freewill. Ah, so why did God give us free will if He knew that we would mess up, make the wrong decisions, and ultimately reject Him? God’s purpose with mankind is to have eternal fellowship with those who truly love Him; so he wouldn’t create humans like robots who would just obey because then, they wouldn’t be able to express true love.

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Jesus: Seed of the Woman

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“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” – Genesis 3:15 (NASB)

Fulfilled prophecy helps verify the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We shall be learning from this particular prophecy that preceded Jesus by hundreds of years and seeing how He fulfilled them in every detail.  Genesis 3:15 is noted to be the first prophecy that is pointing to Jesus that God the Father declared Himself during the fall of man. Eventually, it was fulfilled in the New Testament.

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