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In The Vine with Vicky and Chuck

November 2022

Matthew 11:15

He that hath ears to hear, let Him hear.

Three times in Matthew. Three times in Mark. Twice in Luke…. And the question still remains for us today. Yeshua/Jesus “The Word” asked His disciples while He was walking the earth with them 2000 years ago…. Did they have ears to hear what He was saying? Were they paying attention and ‘getting it’? And then again in the book of Revelation…’hear what the Spirit is saying to the’ churches. Oh my…and do we…are we hearing what He’s saying?

I’ve talked about this numerous times on the videos…how there are so many people who want to hear Him, but they don’t feel that they do. I don’t want to go that direction with this little article, though. I would rather share a story - true story - about hearing Him. It’s something that happened to me a few years ago and hopefully it will bless you!

For many years I have been asking the Lord to speak through me. Possibly annoyingly so, because it was a constant prayer on my lips. I recall the time He interrupted me one day and said He would always speak through me. I was so relieved!

But there was this other time a number of years later when I wasn’t asking about Him using my mouth, but rather just speaking to me - ME - in our conversations. He always had, but I was truly practically begging Him to again and again and again and…

It was during my morning time with Him one day, I think…might have been evening. I can’t recall exactly, but once again I put the same question to Him…”Father, please talk to me”, and after who knows how many times of saying that in that moment, He finally interrupted me - (yes, He had to interrupt me because I was doing all the talking) - and He said this: “You won’t let me get a word in edgewise!”

Well, that shut me up and opened my eyes at the same time. Sometimes He wants to talk, but we won’t let Him. He’s not usually going to interrupt the conversation, you know? Perhaps that is why so many can’t hear Him. Perhaps they’re being too busy doing all the talking - frantic that they WON’T hear Him, so they keep begging and begging…and begging, like I did.

So what does that have to do with ‘ears to hear’, aside from the obvious application I just shared? Well - and possibly equally obvious to many of you - it has to do with the willingness to listen more deeply and to be able to ‘hear’ in the spirit with more clarity what Father is saying not just with words spoken. Rather, hearing with understanding given by Him as we sit and meditate on those words…as we dive deeper into the meanings and implications of those words He spoke 2000 years ago, and those He still speaks today. Then as we gain that understanding, we take them to heart in such a way that they come alive in us and drive us to the changes He’s calling us to as we truly listen…with all that we are.

He’s never stopped talking. But have we ever started ‘listening’?

Beloved friends, my prayer for all of us - self included - is that we will be still, listen, and then follow the direction He is trying to get us to follow! And in the doing, that we will grow in the maturity of His wisdom and and the strength of character that causes us to become much more the reflection of our glorious King in this hour and in the days ahead.

May He see in us a people who are ‘without spot or wrinkle’ because we have chosen to ‘hear what the Spirit is saying’, choosing to ‘have ears to hear’ and not simply doing all the talking!

Love you all!!!!

Vicky

Sharing a favorite chapter from the Bible this month. Chuck plans to return next issue with another Anecdote.

1 Peter 2

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Verses taken from KJV courtesy of Biblegateway.com

What’s New?

“VINEYARD CONNECTIONS”

Sunday Afternoons…

Wow! All we can say is ‘WOW’! Father is doing amazing things in our Sunday afternoon meetings and you are invited to join us!

Here’s the news…Dave and Amelia Petrunia are now serving as Pastors over the meetings and have been a huge blessing to all who attend. Dave does a wonderful job of teaching the Scriptures, and Amelia’s prophetic ministry messages are the perfect complement to those teachings. Truly, the couple work beautifully together to bring the words on the pages of the Bible to life and to take the listeners into deeper understanding than perhaps they had before. We are so blessed that they have chosen to answer the call to take the lead in the Sunday afternoon setting. If you would like to join us on Sundays, email Kacy for the link. Her info is below!

“MEET HIM AT THE WELL”

We are also so blessed to announce that our Facebook group, Meet Him at the Well, which is a private group for women only, has been gifted with the addition of an Assistant Pastor! Vivian Worley is also the newest member of the Leadership Team for the ministry. She is a wonderful woman of God with a huge, tender heart, and is well-versed in the Bible, too. Her love for the women and her passion for GOD have already been a blessing to many as she comes alongside Clare Watts, Pastor of the group’s ministry. The two make a dynamic team, filled with love, mercy and grace - and the solid teaching ministry so desperately needed in this hour. We are grateful that these humble women of God are blessing so many - now as a team!!!

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MESSAGES FROM OUR MINISTRY TEAM

'So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord!" (2 Sam.12:13)

Have you ever noticed how "man" when cornered over something bad he has done, the first thing he seems always to do is to BLAME-CAST. Pride and not wanting our shame to be exposed for all to see causes us to defend our position, even if it means blaming someone else, and
even if we WELL KNOW that we are TOTALLY guilty, we have the tendency to look for anyone or anything to blame for our wrong-doing. David was a special man. Not only was he humble, he was honest. God loved him because of his heart. David had strayed and from the moment he had cast adulterous eyes on Bathsheba, he knew deep inside that what he was doing was wrong, and that is why he tried to cover up his actions by eliminating Uriah, her husband, hoping that the mess would end there. BUT GOD KNEW ALL and David was going to be held accountable. Nathan the Prophet of the Lord confronted him (see 2 Sam.12). But David was heartbroken when he saw how really bad the situation was before God and he repented. (See Psalm 51).

How willing are we, each one of us, to take responsibility for our actions?! When we have screwed up, and we know it, do we cover our tracks like David tried to do, or do we own our messes, and seek forgiveness, not only to those we have hurt, but to God who has been hurt the most by our offense? Mercifully He said, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9).How gracious He is! However, if we are confronted with something that was wrong, dishonest, or simply sinful and we KNOW it was, do we own up, or blamecast? The issue is our PRIDE. We do NOT want to own up because in doing so we will be made to look bad and less than "good" in the eyes of others. So to maintain our "innocence" and "purity" we look around for someone else to blame. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden are the first CLASSIC examples of this sort of behavior. Eve blamed the serpent, but Adam blamed Eve AND God, because He had given Eve to him! Neither could own their sin. It cost them, and us, dearly, and all of mankind has paid for the entrance of sin ever since.

We even come up with the excuse, "The Devil made me do it!" Satan cannot "MAKE" us do ANYTHING without our consent.. If we hear the temptation in our minds to do something we know to be wrong, it is over to us to reject the temptation or to play with it. As Jesus said, "If a man even LOOKS at a woman to lust after her, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart!" It is OUR CHOICE as to whether we are going to obey that little voice or refuse it. And if it is our choice to do wrong, it is also our choice to take the reproach, or blame-cast.

Lord, give us the courage, and the honesty to OWN our faults and failings and to come to You in repentance. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to be honorable in all our dealings and to acknowledge not only the good that we do before you, but the sinful as well. May we not be afraid of those who will heap scorn on us when we fail and fall, but may we fear YOU, Lord, for it is to You we will finally answer to! Search us and know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts and if there be ANY sinful way in us lead us on that path everlasting! May we glorify You, in all that we do, in all that we think and all that we do. In Jesus name, Amen.

Brothers and Sisters!

May the GOD of peace be with you all! May the LORD's rest soothe your mind, body, and spirit. We ask that The Holy Spirit prepare us, show us what's in our own hearts, and may we ask for forgiveness, and repent of any sin that we have been entertaining without us having full knowledge.

May we be prepared, cleansed, armored up, and showing up to stand steadfast for the prayers that we all are praying over in our hearts, and for those prayers that have been brought forth to ministry. May our hearts be faithful to our LORD, and may our spirits petition together for the prayers this month, and those that are still looking for their answered prayers. We will praise even when we don’t see an answer in sight, yet look expectantly. We do everything like we were doing it for the LORD!! All done with a heart of joy, even when our feelings may not match those words.

May GOD bring us to the point of refreshing waters when we don't have the strength to drag ourselves to it. By the prayers and encouragement of this Prayer Team’, may our brothers and sisters carry those jugs of water to others that don't know where to find it or don't have the strength to make it on their own.

May you all be filled with the richness of his glory!

In Jesus’ name.

Your Sister,

Teresa = Harvest

Matthew 10:42

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Broken Crayons Still Color

I wandered down the children’s aisle

To see what I could see

Jesus led me to a box of crayons

He said was a lot like me

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I decided I would purchase it,

Money really well spent

I couldn’t wait to open it

To see just what He meant

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I hurried home and looked inside

I couldn’t believe my eyes

Every one was broken

I couldn’t help but sit and cry

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Why did you have me buy this?

I spent my money on this mess!

I suppose you’re going to tell me now

That somehow I am blessed!

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He asked me to pick up the pieces

To swipe them across the page

All I could think about was what I had lost

It made me feel enraged

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Broken crayons still color

They’re not left on some shelf undone

They still display My majesty

My victory in brokenness won

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I love the things that are weak in You

Give me pieces that I will make whole

You will see the beautiful colors I make

When you surrender all control

Vivian

How do you experience this?

Last month’s article we started the topic of “The Secret Place” what is it? In this month I want to share a few stories and try to answer the question on – how do you experience the secret place? Beloved family - when you first go into your prayer closet or quiet room to meet with your Father, I hope you will recall this story and its meaning.

Imagine this if you will…. I’ve invited a family member to come over for a visit. She walks into my home and takes off her jacket and literally immediately starts sharing with me all ‘her problems’ for the next 45 minutes to an hour she explains to me one drama event after another. As I listen, she systematically lists all her problems, frustrations, and the issues she isfacing right now. I graciously listen trying to on occasion get her to pause, so I can invite her to come into the kitchen to enjoy a nice coffee Latte, knowing it is her favourite. I’ve also baked a homemade banana cake that I desire to share with her, but alas for almost an hour she continues to talk. Finally, when she has shared everything, she wanted to, and has unburdened herself, she informs me that she is sorry she can’t stay - her day is really busy. She smiles grabs her coat and off she goes out the door.

Did I have ‘fellowship’ with my family member that morning?

Beloved I can assure you this story is exactly how we can sometimes behave in our prayer time. This story above is a simple analogy of what we sometimes are like when we begin our time with the Lord by bringing our prayer lists, our decrees, and all our burdens. When we start with our problems, we are still making it all about ‘Us’. When we pray like this, we can fail to understand that the Father is a ‘Person’ who loves to fellowship with us. Hence, we make our prayer time, all about what ‘we need’… instead of making it about ‘Who HE is’! He is the great I am! The creator of Heaven and earth, the Holy one – His Love for us is never ending – the God of the Universe, our Heavenly Father desires to fellowship with us!!

In this story, I had prepared a coffee Latte and cake for my guest because I knew she would enjoy it. I believe the Father is just like this, he has so many beautiful gifts he wants to share with us. His presence is part of the gift we encounter when we stop and enter into time with Him. He has Truths, revelation, and words of affirmation that He wants to speak over you, or words of direction to help you in your current situation.

The secret place is forged from our ‘relationship’ with the Father. Like my family member, if she always comes and never engages with me, how will she ever really know me? She may ‘feel’ like she knows me because after all we are ‘blood family’. She may even feel like she knows me because she comes over to my house and spends some time there… (you know kind of like reading the bible?). Does she really know me? To know someone is when we have a two-way conversation. When we take the time to listen to the heart of another person, to hear about who they are, their life, their story. To know what is important to them, what makes them happy, what makes them sad.

To know our Father we must be still and listen. We may be spending time with our Heavenly Father and know a lot about His character and His story by reading the bible, however, how do we go a little bit deeper? Do we hear and know His Heart today? Do we enquire of Him about something we have read and don’t understand or maybe reading the bible we imagine ourselves in that story and ask Jesus “what did you feel or want from them when you said these words?” This requires us to sit quietly and listen. If you are anything like me… a multi-tasker with far too many appointments, projects and commitments and a disposition to plan everything! My quiet time starts with Holy are you Lord and suddenly I’ve drifted into a detail of my day that I’d forgotten I hadn’t prepared for… and so the battle continues to SIT and turn everything off and just love on my Father, He is so worthy of our Love!

The spirit of our Father desires to talk to you - Oh beloved if you could hear the words of encouragement that He has for you, or the words that would bring freedom for your soul, healing for your body. When the Father just comes and releases His manifest presence over you, so that all you can do is cry because of the overpowering love and refreshing He gives your soul. When you come to Him because you feel ‘unloved’ or dirty with sin or shame and as you approach Him with your repentant heart, you hear the Father’s words; “Come child sit here with me - let me wash your soul and tell you how precious you are to me.” Suddenly you are delivered out of the condemnation, guilt, and shame. His love and words of affirmation nurtures you and caused you to draw closer to Him. Instead of pulling away and running and hiding in the world because of pain and believing lies about yourself.

There is much more we need to unravel about ‘hearing’ from the Father. It isn’t just within your spirit that He speaks, but the Father desires you to be confident in hearing His voice! You see the Secret place exposes everything. You come as you are, not perfect but righteous because of the blood of Jesus. The veil was torn - remember after the earthquake when Jesus had just died on the cross and had given up His spirit? The veil in the temple was torn in two…this was the entrance to the Holy place. This veil represents the amazing and precious gift of being able to enter into the Holy of Holies of His presence, simply by believing HIS word because we have been made righteous.

Your Heavenly Father WANTS to have fellowship with You!

At the end of my story, I refer to the family member suddenly having to rush off because they are “busy”. This represents what we may believe in our hearts; when we pray like we have ‘done our duty’ as we pray our lists and run off to carry on with our busy day. This sort of prayer can indicate we are still trying to ‘earn’ righteousness, instead of believing we ARE righteous.

Teach me Holy Spirit how to ‘commune’ and ‘fellowship’ daily with My Father!

Amelia Petrunia

If you are looking to find others that follow this ministry that might live in or near your area, please send an email to vineyardconnections@outlook.com. Please remember, you will need to be willing to share your email address with others!

VINEYARD CONNECTIONS meets on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. Central USA time. If you would like to join us, please email me at vineyardconnections@outlook.com and I will add you to the invite list!

We are enjoying the opportunities to meet with other like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ and to have the blessing of getting to know one another as we gather from across the nations!

Hope to see you there!

Kacy

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