LIVING VINE MINISTRIES
IN THE WORD

Helps and Resources:

BY: GARY R. KANE


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It is not our intention here, to give a "lengthy counsel," on each topic, but, to let God's Word speak to your heart concerning the topic you select from the menu, and feel pertains to you and your needs.   There may be "brief" statements of encouragement, warning, or counsel on some selections, but for the most part we pray you will seek the Lord Jesus Christ, through His Word to you.

We realize, there are times when we do need to speak to someone. And there are time in our lives when this truly helps.  we want you to know that we at LVM, are here for you, and you can e-mail us with your counseling needs, or prayer request, and we will be glad to get back with you as soon as possible.

There is also a mailing address at the top of our "Home Page," if this will better serve your purpose.

                                                                                  ~   Gary R. Kane,  LVM  ~


"GUILT"

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He
removed our transgressions from us.
                                                      ~Psalm 103:12      (KJV)

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
                                                     ~ I Corinthians 5:17       (KJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
                                                                       ~ Romans 8:1   (KJV)

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
                                                                            ~ Hebrews 10:22    (NIV)

Just remember this beloved; to carry around that guilt, if sin
has been confessed and forsaken, is to walk in "unbelief,"  against the
precious Blood of Jesus Christ, as though it were not enough!
It is the "lie of the devil, to tell you, you must feel "guilty,"
after Jesus says "you are justified."


    "FEAR"

for God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
                                                                            ~   II Timothy 1: 7       (KJV)

Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's
good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
                                                            ~ Luke 12: 32                (KJV)

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
                                                               ~   Isaiah 41:10      (NIV)

"Praise God!"  What a powerful word to us!
Don't you see, hurting one, how much God loves you?
Look at this next verse  for a moment!

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever
lives in love lives in God, and God in  him.
.................   There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
                                                         ~   I John 4: 16,18        (NIV)

Beloved, fear is the "opposite" of faith!
One belongs to Satan, (fear), the other to God, (faith)
Fear has to do, the Bible says, with punishment, or torment.
This is because it  (fear), is in the realm of Satan and the flesh.
There can never be any boldness or true joy there.
And once you "stop" placing more faith in Satan, (fear), to
keep you in bondage, or to frighten you with something,
than you do in God (trust, faith), to deliver you;
then you will be set free as you learn to "rely" upon
God's very special love for you!
Trust Him!  God Loves You!


"LONELINESS"

I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you.
                                                                  ~    John 14: 18              (KJV)

Then shalt thou call, and the
Lord shall answer;
Thou shalt cry,
and He shall say, here I am......
                                                                        ~    Isaiah 58:9           (KJV)

    A man of many companions may
come to ruin, but there is a friend
                 that sticks closer than a brother.                  
                                                                         ~Proverbs 18:24           (NIV)

For the Lord loves the just
                      and will not forsake His faithful ones.                 
                                                                               ~   Psalms 37:28    (NIV)

 

 

BELOVED, ALL OF US AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER GO THROUGH PERIODS OF LONELINESS, SOME MORE THAN OTHERS. THERE ARE TIMES YOU CAN BE IN A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE, AND STILL FEEL ALONE. THIS IS A TIME WHEN THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL WANT TO MINISTER TO YOU, "REJECTION," AND SELF-PITY TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU ARE UNWANTED OR  NOT NEEDED, THAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ILL THOUGHTS TOWARD YOU... A HOST OF OTHER THINGS MAY COME TO YOUR MIND... MOST OF THE TIME, THESE THINGS ARE MOSTLY IMAGINARY, AND WE SEEM, AS IT WERE, TO ALMOST 'WELCOME THESE THOUGHTS,' AS THOUGH THEY WERE OLD FRIENDS...(THAT IS THE SELF-PITY), AT WORK.. IN TURN, AT TIMES WE EVEN "REJECT BACK,"..."WELL, WE SAY, IF THEY ARE LIKE THAT, I WILL BE COLD TOWARDS THEM AS WELL."  (REVENGE).

YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE REJECTED, UNPOPULAR FOR SOME REASON OR ANOTHER.. THE LIST HERE WOULD BE ENDLESS.. IT COULD BE A HUSBAND AND WIFE PROBLEM, WHERE ONE OR BOTH FEEL UNLOVED, UNWANTED, NEEDS NOT BEING FULFILLED, OR A PASTOR FEELING REJECTED BY HIS FLOCK IN THE CHURCH, OR YOU FEEL YOUR WORK AND LABOR IS GOING UNNOTICED OR UNAPPRECIATED, ETC... YOU MAY HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE AND ARE ALONE.

BUT, DEAR ONE, THROUGH IT ALL, JESUS LOVES YOU, AND ACCEPTS YOU IN THE BELOVED. DO NOT LET YOUR FEELING OF LONELINESS TURN YOU BITTER, AND CAUSE YOU TO BECOME HARSH TOWARD OTHERS IN RETURN, OR CAUSE YOU TO "LOOK FOR SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY," AND "FILL THE VOID."

THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT PATHWAY TO FREEDOM... BUT TO "TRUST GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.." THIS IS THE BEGINNING   OF WISDOM IN YOUR SITUATION. TO LOVE, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT FEEL LOVED .  THE CROSS WAS THE MOST LONELY PLACE OF ALL... AND WE MUST ALL "TAKE UP OUR CROSS AND FOLLOW JESUS."  RELY UPON HIS LOVE!  HE WILL NOT FAIL YOU!


"FEELING OVERWHELMED"

I WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN YOUR LOVE, FOR YOU SAW MY AFFLICTION AND KNEW THE ANGUISH OF MY SOUL. YOU HAVE NOT HANDED ME OVER TO THE ENEMY BUT HAVE SET MY FEET IN A SPACIOUS PLACE,(a place to grow strong and deep in the lord).  BE MERCIFUL TO E O LORD,(mercy is God giving to us what we 'do not deserve,' and, withholding from us what we do deserve.'). FOR I AM IN DISTRESS, (pain anguish dander fear), MY EYES GROW WEAK WITH SORROW, (regret), MY SOUL AND BODY WITH GRIEF,( great unhappiness, ruin, failure), MY LIFE IS CONSUMED BY ANGUISH,( intense suffering), AND MY YEARS BY GROANING: MY STRENGTH FAILS BECAUSE OF AFFLICTION, AND MY BONES GROW WEAK. (feeling of deadness, helplessness). BECAUSE OF ALL MY ENEMIES, I AM THE UTTER CONTEMPT OF MY NEIGHBORS: I AM A DREAD TO MY FRIENDS- THOSE WHO SEE ME ON THE STREET FLEE FROM ME. I AM FORGOTTEN BY THEM AS THOUGH I WERE DEAD: I HAVE BECOME LIKE BROKEN POTTERY, ( i feel like i am hopeless, of no use, cast aside). FOR I HEAR THE SLANDER OF MANY: THERE IS TERROR ON EVERY SIDE,( overwhelmed, flood of the enemy, whisperers).THEY CONSPIRE AGAINST ME AND PLOT TO TAKE MY LIFE.

                                 ~ PSALM 31: 9-13 ~  (NIV)

"YOUR ANSWER"

BUT I TRUST IN YOU O LORD: I SAY. " YOU ARE MY GOD." MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HANDS (i cannot work this out through my intellect, or reason, or flesh), DELIVER ME FROM MY ENEMIES,(remember, your enemies are not flesh and blood, but the spirit of hell behind it), AND FROM THOSE WHO PURSUE ME. LET YOUR FACE SHINE ON YOUR SERVANT SAVE ME IN YOUR UNFAILING LOVE.

                                                                ~ PSALM 31: 14-15 ~ (NIV)

PRAISE TO THE LORD, FOR HE SHOWED HIS WONDERFUL LOVE TO ME WHEN I WAS IN A BESIEGED CITY.( a place where all supplies and help were cut off... where there seemed to be no help, none of "my" resources worked, none of my plans or abilities would bring deliverance). IN MY ALARM I SAID "I AM CUT OFF FROM YOUR SIGHT." ( this is the place to grow in faith, not by feelings),YET YOU HEARD MY CRY FOR MERCY WHEN I CALLED TO YOU FOR HELP.(dependence totally on the wisdom and abilities of God).  LOVE THE LORD ALL HIS SAINTS! THE LORD PRESERVES THE FAITHFUL,(those who wait on him, and let him deal with the heart and the heart of others as well), BUT THE PROUD,( those who try to fix the problem or heart themselves, and help God out), HE PAYS BACK IN FULL. BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART( courage), ALL YOU WHO HOPE IN THE LORD.

                                                          ~ PSALM 31: 21-24  ~ (NIV)

 

DEAR ONE. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THE "DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL," ALL YOUR CRYING TO OTHERS, SEEKING THEIR HELP, LOOKING TO MAN, WILL FAIL YOU! IT MUST! GOD WANTS IT THIS WAY. TO BRING YOU TO A PLACE OF UTTER DEPENDENCE UPON HIM AND HIM ALONE. NO ONE WILL SEEM TO HAVE THE ANSWERS FOR YOU, NO TAPE, OR NEWS LETTER, OR WORD FROM A FRIEND OR PREACHER.

THIS IS A TIME, AND A PLACE, WHERE IT IS GOD DOING A WORK IN YOUR HEART TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE DAYS AHEAD, SO YOU CAN FACE WITH FAITH AND BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD THOSE THINGS THAT ARE COMING UPON THE EARTH. A PLACE TO PRESS IN AND BREAK THROUGH WITH THE LORD, AND LEARN TO TRUST HIS LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS TO YOU, AND HIS MIGHTY HAND OF DELIVERANCE, SO YOU CAN STAND FIRM, NO MATTER WHAT YOU FACE. LET HIM TAKE YOU THERE. DO NOT FIGHT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE TO GROW IN THE LORD AND BLAME IT ALL ON THE DEVIL...( yes he is at work, but only as much as God allows), GOD IS TAKING YOU INTO THE "SCHOOL OF CHRIST!" HE WILL NOT LET YOU FAIL, IF YOU CONTINUE TO TRUST HIM, AND CRY OUT TO HIM, AND REST, AND WAIT!


 

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