In all things of us,
in every area of us,
each detail has a source.

A place by which we determine how to think, feel and decide. An influence that develops what and how we see. Each source is like the refrigerator we instinctively run to when hunger comes.

These sources are wells by which we fill the tank of our daily life.

We can have many different sources in our lives, each area or detail of us fueled by various people or ideas.

However, we are called to one source: Jesus.
To have any other source at work in us subjects us to slavery.

Right now I am convinced we have no higher priority than to open wide and allow our loving Daddy to examine us, and to purposefully allow love to invite us home, to the True Vine, in every place.

We are a bride, called to purity. Any other source but Jesus eventually works in us like infidelity.

When He shows us inferior appetites and sources, it can trigger stubbornness, mourning, negotiating, confusion, even rebellion. These are all normal as the flesh begins to lose its influence over the spiritual man inside. It’s ok, He understands. Just endure and hold on to Jesus.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Cor 13:5

Slowly… cavernous, gaping holes will form, as you let go of the old sources of your life. Different areas of your heart will begin to cry out in hunger. You have begun to fast, like Jesus in the wilderness. Do not command the rocks to become as bread. See Matt 4:1-4   Insecurities, anger, expectations, needs and hurts will surface, newly raw and seeping. It’s ok. Just stand steady and lay them all before Jesus.

Rekindle prayer. Make the uncommon decisions of one captivated by love. Dive into talking to Him all of the time, about all of it. Learn the joy it is to tell Him exactly what you’re thinking, to draw on His faithfulness. Embrace any new-found quiet to rediscover the unique ways He talks to you. Read scripture and let questions flow through you. Let your itchy fingers twitch as they unlearn old habits. Relationships will shift as you adjust the demand you place on others. It’s awkward and uncomfortable…and it’s ok. Just breathe deep and keep choosing Jesus.

What was “normal” will entirely change. Strength and security will replace weakness and fear. Streams of living water will begin to flow out of the ancient gates of your spirit, and your life will become a lighthouse for others. You will sink so deep into Him that your branches will bear irresistible fruit.

That’s when we know we’re sourced in Jesus: our life draws from His life so deeply that fruit bursts out as evidence. It becomes plainly obvious to those walking through the vineyard that we’ve been with Jesus.

…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
My Father is glorified by this,
that you bear much fruit,
and so prove to be My disciples. (John 15:7-8)

Until we are truly sourced by Jesus–until we genuinely dwell in and draw everything of life from Him–we cannot pretend we understand abundant life. We are window-shopping, perhaps, seduced by beautiful pearl we are unwilling to sell everything to buy. To be grafted into Him is to exchange the heart of a harlot to that of a virgin. We are called higher, called deeper, by His perfect grace, into purity and godliness–living in the freedom of holiness.

We are called to dwell in Him, literally. He is Home. When we are completely His, everything of Him is completely ours.

…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…