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Christ in Us

“I am crucified in Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

One of the images Christ used to explain the Christian experience that has stuck with me is the idea of His being the True Vine, of which we are the branches (John 15). As Christians, we have to be connected to the source of life in order to produce the fruit we were designed to produce.

I have little to no knowledge of plant husbandry, but from what I understand branches receive their nutrients from the “trunk” of the plant, gathered from the soil and water surrounding the roots. In turn, the leaves on the branches collect solar energy and transform it into food for the plant and when everything combines, they produce fruit.

(Someone, please share more scientific information in you know it)

There are branches in a plant that do not do the work they are supposed to but still take energy from the trunk. A skilled plant husbandman would be able to recognize these branches and removes them so that the overall plant becomes more productive. The husbandman also knows when a branch should be grafted on to a trunk in order to help produce more fruit.

To graft something means to insert or fix something into something else. In order for the grafted object to survive, it has to connect with the life force of the host. Check out these images of how a branch is grafted on to a tree:


By being bound to the host branch, the branch can receive that life giving nutrients that the original branches were endowed with and become just as fruitful as any of them.

When we choose to accept Christ in our lives, to allow the Holy Spirit to work on our characters, we are deciding to be grafted into the vine that brings us not only life, but life abundantly.

May we choose to be grafted into that True Vine today.

Why are we so dull of comprehension? Why do we not cling to Jesus, and draw from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His character, as the vine branch draws the sap from the living vine? We are to look to Jesus, and as temptations close us about, climb up step by step in the work of overcoming. Abiding in Christ, we become one with Him. Then we are safe, entirely safe, against all the assaults of Satan. Christ living in the soul is revealed in the character. Man is nothing without Christ. But if Christ lives in us, we shall work the works of God. We shall represent Christ in our life, we shall talk of Christ because we meditate upon Him. We shall grow up into Christ to the full stature of men and women in spiritual understanding.

EGW, Signs of the Times, Oct. 10, 1892.

Prayer Suggestions:

Praise God for who He is (His character). Praise Him that He never changes, for His mercy, for His faithfulness, etc.

Praise God that there is no better place to be than in the middle of His love, being wholly surrendered to Him.

Praise God that He is calling you to abide in Him.

Ask God to show you if there are any sins you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.

Ask God to forgive you for times when you did not allow Him to live in your heart. Ask Him to live in your heart daily.

Can those around you see that Christ lives in you? Ask God to come into your life and shine through you and that other people will see Him in you.

Pray for family and friends who are not abiding in Christ. Pray that the fruit of the Spirit will be made manifest in their lives.

Pray that God will give you faith to receive the righteousness of Christ as your own.

Can you see traces of selfishness in your life? Surrender those to God and ask Him to make you unselfish.

Pray for a lowly and meek heart that Christ may abide in you.

Pray for an increased sense of urgency and a realization by church leaders and members that we are living at the end of time and that Jesus is coming soon as He indicated three times in Revelation 22.

Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church and our daily lives.

Pray for any personal needs you have.

Thank God that the “inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).

Thank God that He is willing to come and live in your heart.

Thank God that He has sent angels out to answer the prayers you have prayed during these ten days.


May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette


Finale: Ten Days of Prayer

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5: 22, 23

Over the past ten days, we have been learning about and discussing the various fruits of the Spirit. Should we choose to dedicate ourselves fully to the Lord and His work, these are attributes that will develop and reign in us. Our characters shall be changed, molded ever closer into the image of the Son of God. As we choose to reflect the image that our Heavenly Father designed us to have, others will be drawn and become curious to know what is it that we have, what do we know that makes us so different?

I pray that these last few days have been a great blessing to you; they certainly have been for me. I have watched as God has worked in the hearts of individuals and encouraged them to take steps out of their comfort zone, but in line with will of the Lord. Do you have a testimony of something that has happened to you over these ten days? Or to someone else? Would you like to place a prayer request or share a praise report? My prayer warriors would be honored to pray on your behalf.

Scripture tells us to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). From these humble beginnings, bowing our hearts in earnest, constant prayer, true revival and reformation can and will take place. May we all strive to become more Christ-like. May we all choose to delve deeper into the Word of God, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our studies. May we remember to focus on the Lord at all times and to rely on Him for our every need. May we surrender to the Lord all that is keeping us from an active, intimate relationship with Him. May we plead for a clean and pure heart of flesh to replace our hardened heart of stone.  May we more often and more earnestly seek the Lord in prayer. May we request and mightily receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord. Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

Lord Jesus, help us to be prepared for the day when You return to take us to heaven with You. Amen.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Self-Control: Ten Days of Prayer

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

The idea of self-control seems rather foreign in today’s society. We want what we want, how we want it, and when we want it – which is usually, now! The image that comes to mind is that of a smorgasbord: hot food, ready and waiting, and there’s no limit to how much one can take. Well, except for the limit of your stomach capacity. But just because everything is available, doesn’t mean everything should be taken. Some foods should be avoided, others eaten in moderation. Remember that how you feed your body affects your mind – and the same goes for your character! The way you feed certain passions or desires, material or social wants, affects and molds the character. The question becomes, how are you being affected and to what end?

The profundity of the verse from Corinthians quoted above is that is presents two choices for us – our actions and decisions will either bring glory to God or they won’t. In short, everything is spiritual. Everything is spiritual because we are spiritual beings, made in the image of God who “is spirit” (John 4:24). Therefore, we have the grand responsibility of honoring God through our thoughts and actions. We must choose to take care of the body we have been gifted, for it was designed as a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) meaning that we have to feed it right, exercise, and give it the air and sunshine it needs to stay healthy.

When we display self-control, we tell God that we trust in Him for all our needs and desires. I don’t need to eat all the food at the smorgasbord in one sitting because I know that my Lord will provide for my every need as He does for the sparrows, and we are much more valuable then they (Matthew 10:31).

So if there is something today that is taking up large portions of your life and you don’t seem to have any control (eating, drinking, sex, addictions to drugs or social media, bad tempers, etc.), ask the Lord to empower you with the desire and will to develop the fruit of self-control. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome and regain an abundant life in Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit today to bear in you the fruit of self-control.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God that He give you strength to have self-control. Praise God for the ways He has given you strength to have self-control in specific situations.

Praise God that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Praise God that He is the one who give you willingness and helps you to have self-control.

Ask God to make you willing to have self-control.

Ask God to help you hate the things of the world and to give you love for Him and Him only. Tell Him about those things that you need to learn to hate.

Ask God to remind you every time you are tempted that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Ask God to help you do everything for His glory.

Ask God to help you live a life hidden in Him.

Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Christian man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.

Pray that God will bring to the forefront godly, teachable, and humble leaders for the future who will provide Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world.

Pray that Christ will bring peace and love into Christian families and homes. Pray that His presence will drive away abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of His righteousness.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that nothing is impossible with Him and that He has heard and answered your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Gentleness: Ten Days of Prayer

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3, 4

Have you met a really beautiful person with an awful attitude? The two characteristics seems at odds with one another, yet we often find this dichotomy around us today. So what makes a person truly beautiful? Most would answer, their character. But what do they mean? What about their character would make them beautiful? Having all the aspects of the fruits of the Holy Spirit  is what makes someone a truly beautiful person, especially the fruit of gentleness.

Gentleness is not an attribute that is very much respected or honored in our world today. What we’re told is that to earn status and achieve our dreams we have to be aggressive, forward, pushy, and at times harsh or even mean. To build yourself up, you must push others down. To have power, you have to take it away from someone else.

How differently works the kingdom of heaven! “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” says Jesus in Matthew 5:5. As our example, Christ displayed gentleness and compassion to others even as they oppressed Him and crucified Him. Does this mean that we should let others walk all over us and abuse us? No, but I do believe it means that we are to rely on God for our every need, including protection from those who wish us harm. Instead of retaliating, let us choose rather to show our enemies kindness and thereby “heap burning coals on his head” (Proverbs 25:22).

The only way that we can gain a spirit of gentleness and meekness is by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell within us that He might bear in us this much needed fruit. When this fruit is planted within us, we remember that God will fight our battles with and for us. When we honor the Lord with our lives, He exalts us to places and positions of power and influence that we often could not have ever imagined. Just read the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis!

Let us choose today to adorn ourselves not only with things that beautify us on the outside, but to put on a spirit of gentleness. Ask the Holy Spirit today to mold your character to become like the character of Christ, for it is a gentle, calming spirit that will create in the world the desire to know Jesus.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for the ways Jesus set an example of how to be gentle.

Praise God that He is calling us to learn from Him and that by imitating Him we can have peace.

Praise God that His gentleness is making us great.

Praise God that He teaches the humble His ways.

Ask God to give you His gentle wisdom.

Ask God to teach you how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to lift up with gentleness someone who is weak and has fallen.

Ask the Lord to teach you to be gentle even to those who are not gentle toward you.

Are there any people and situations in your life where you need to learn more gentleness? Pray for those situations, asking that you will learn from Him how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to humble yourself.

Pray for Christians schools that they will teach the truth of Christ and the Bible.

Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He does not withhold anything good from His children and that He is going to answer your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Faithfulness: Ten Days of Prayer

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8

How great is the Father’s faithfulness towards us! Despite our countless failures, missteps, and shortcomings God has remained ever faithful to His people. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). God keeps His promises – He will not deny what He has promised He will give. One of His greatest promises to us is that if we ask anything in accordance with His will and in His name, He will give it to us.

Think – what an amazing promise that is! Remember that nothing is impossible with God, all we have to do is have faith in Him and believe not only in Him or on Him, but simply believe Him.

Yet, there is a part that we have to play as well for like muscles faith must be exercised. The day to day decisions we make condition us for how we will respond in times of great trial or great joy. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). Choose in each moment of every day to be faithful to the Lord and His desires for your life. Although you may not know where you are going or what you need to do, continue to step out in faith and trust that God is preparing your way before you. We are to walk by faith and not by sight.

So choose to believe God – believe that He loves and is devoted to you. Believe that He cares and provides for you. Believe that He has your best interest in mind and that in His time all things will come together. Believe and have faith, that you may be molded ever closer to the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died to cleanse us of our sins and rose again that we might have eternal life.

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His faithfulness and forgiveness.

Praise God for the gift of faith.

Praise God that He does not change and remains faithful even when we are faithless.

Praise God that He rewards our faithfulness.

Pray that God will make you faithful in the small things. Tell Him some of those small things in which you need to learn to be faithful.

Pray that God will give you faith and help you believe.

Pray that God will teach you to walk by faith and not by sight. Pray for specific situations in which you need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

Pray that you will not trust in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Pray that God will increase your faith.

Pray for your local pastor, asking that God will give your pastor an abundant measure of faith.

Pray that every church leader around the world holds deeply to a faithful spiritual and evangelistic perspective.

Pray for the increased use of Christian literature by all church members and for increased emphasis on literature evangelism, both through hard copy and electronic formats.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God for being faithful and answering your prayers. Praise Him for what He is going to do.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Goodness: Ten Days of Prayer

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8

Have you ever taken a moment to just ponder on the goodness of God? I mean, really dwell on it?

To think that, despite everything that we have done to God – disobeying Him, rejecting Him, dishonoring Him, and even crucifying Him – He still thinks good and loving thoughts towards us. The Lord wants to bestow upon us the bounties of heaven, if we just align ourselves with Him and ask for His blessings. He wants us to share this goodness with others, that we might be a reflection of His character and draw all to Him.

I have heard it said from some people who have been hurt by religious individuals that their religion is to do good. But how can one truly do good without God? Jesus Himself said that no one is good but God. To be good means we must have God working in and through us.

Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you today. Pray that He will instruct and guide you on how to be good to God, yourself, and others that the Lord may be glorified in all things. Share His character and watch Him work.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His goodness toward you.

Praise God that a good man obtains favor of the Lord.

Praise God for specific situations in which you could see His goodness toward you.

Praise God that all things work together for the best for those who love God.

Ask God for wisdom and understanding that  you may do everything in the meekness of wisdom.

Ask God to show you how to manifest goodness toward your family members and your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ask God to help you show goodness to strangers.

Pray that the Lord will teach you to see and appreciate His goodness.

Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation. Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process. Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.

Pray for increased participation and commitment in evangelistic outreach by all church members and institutions as they support the ongoing mission of the church.

Pray for the establishment of thousands of “centers of influence,” especially in large cities around the world, and pray that these centers make a huge difference in people’s lives as they experience God’s truth through Christian service.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He delights to answer your prayers and that He is going to answer at the right time and in the right way.

May you be blessed and touched by the Holy Spirit!

-Wandering Minstrelette


Abiding in Christ: Ten Days of Prayer

The Lord needs men and women who carry with them into the daily life the light of a godly example, men and women whose words and actions show that Christ is abiding in the heart, teaching, leading, and guiding. He needs men and women of prayer, who, by wrestling alone with God, obtain the victory over self, and then go forth to impart to others that which they have received from the Source of power.

In John 15, Christ tells us that He is the true vine and His Father is the vinedresser. As God’s children, we are to be attached, grafted to the true vine that gives us nourishment, strength, power, and the ability to bear fruit. The branches that do not bear fruit are cut off and taken away; the branches that do bear fruit are pruned so it can bear more fruit.

Did you notice? In both cases, cutting is involved. Just as a knife can be used to destroy (stabbing) or to heal (surgery), God, in His wisdom, will choose to handle each branch. A fruitless branch pulls needed nutrients away from those that produce fruit. The fruitful branch needs to be trimmed and guided in order for it to produce to its greatest capacity.

What kind of branch are you?

Jesus calls us to abide in Him and have Him abide in us. When this happens, He promises that “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (vs. 7). The power of heaven is at our disposal – if we choose to abide in Him.

How do we abide in Him? By choosing to keep His commandments. “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (12). What a high standard! Can it truly be achieved? It must be, because Jesus again commands in verse 17, “love one another.” Through the power of the Holy Spirit and by listening to His guidance, we can keep God’s commandments and bear fruit for His purposes.

Why do we want to bear fruit? “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (vs. 8a). Don’t we want to give God glory? Let us choose today to bear good fruit for the Lord, the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

I would like to share some suggestions for focused prayer. Feel free to claim other promises of God as well. Share them here! Do you have a Scripture that touches your heart? Or a song that fits our theme? I’d love to hear from you.

Prayer suggestions:

Praise God that it is Christ who bears fruit in you.

Pray that God will teach you how to abide in Him.

Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will be poured upon you so that you will bear the fruit of the Spirit.

Pray that God will help  you understand better your need to abide in Him and give you the desire to do so.

Pray that family and friends will have the desire and learn how to abide in Him. Choose 7 individuals for whom you’d like to have focused prayer during these 10 Days. Pray, and watch God work miracles!

Pray for the unity of the Christian church in truth.

Pray for church leaders, that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ.

Pray for every member to feel a burden for soul winning and to realize that heaven asks all of us to follow Christ’s steps in sharing our personal faith with God’s guidance.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God for the different ways Jesus set us an example of how to abide in God.

Praise God in advance for how He is going to work and answer you prayers.

Claim John 14:23 at the end of your prayers, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

Choose today to be a fruitful branch – may you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Preparation: Ten Days of Prayer

Truly, prayer is the birthplace of revival!

Before any big event – a wedding, graduation, road trip, or major holiday – a great amount of planning must take place. Before being able to serve in any job, a skill must be learned and obtained. Before a work is performed or a speech presented, time is set aside to decide how to speak, how to interpret, how to persuade.

Preparation. Without preparation, opportunities may catch us off guard. Lessons can’t be grasped. Challenges overwhelm us. Distractions may divert us. If we aren’t prepared for what is before us, how will we face it?

On the eve of the Ten Days of Prayer, let us prepare ourselves. Let us “take the sandals from our feet.” Let us approach God with humble and contrite hearts. Let us open our ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit and our minds to His guiding whispers. Let us prepare ourselves for a word from the Lord.

To be prepared does not mean you have to have everything figured out. What it does mean if that we must always be watchful and attentive – God is speaking. Do you hear Him?

He is longing to bear fruit in us. Fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These fruits are gifts, are you ready to accept all that they entail? They are also gifts that are meant to be shared, are you ready to disperse them?

Before we receive, before we go, we must pray. Pray that the Lord prepares us, for like a fruit tree we must be pruned, fertilized, and watered. Before there is a revival, there must be prayer for it is by prayer that all these acts of gardening will take place in the life. Will you let the heavenly gardener work on you today?

Take time to read the introduction to the Ten Days of Prayer and develop a plan for some personal devotions. I look forward to joining you tomorrow in prayer.

-Wandering Minstrelette


Introduction: Ten Days of Prayer

Have you heard of the Ten Days of Prayer? It is an international initiative where Christians gather together to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God has promised that His latter rain will fall before Jesus returns to earth to take us to heaven. This is what we pray and long for – to be receivers of that rain that we might be equipped with the skills and faith necessary to accomplish the final works of the Lord He has appointed for us on this earth.

This initiative always takes place in January, this year it’s January 7-17, specifically. Each year there is a theme to the ten days; this year’s is titled: Experiencing the Fruits of the Spirit. Each day, participants will be guided through a series of prayers that involves learning more about a particular fruit of the Spirit, praying for specified requests, and then allowing a time for personal requests and praises to be presented before God.


This is truly a life changing experience. It’ll be my third time participating in this initiative and I can tell you that God has made some amazing answers to prayer. I know He will continue to answer our prayers, because His word promises us that He would.

If you are seeking a way to give your new year a kick start in the right direction, I encourage you to participate in this initiative. Find a group that is participating, create your own group, or do things on your own (that’s what I did the first year). I promise that if you pray earnestly and seek the Lord with all your mind, heart, and strength, you will surely find Him and He will hear and answer.

To learn more about the Ten Days of Prayer and to download the free program materials, go to www.tendaysofprayer.org.

I’ll be posting each day as well about the program with the materials and a thought. So if nothing else, be sure to check back here for ten days starting on the 7th!

Let me know your experiences!

May God bless you.

-Wandering Minstrelette