Secrets of the Vine for Women is an easy read based on John 15. I have read Secrets of the Vine and enjoyed the women's version since it goes into more depth on how it would apply to me as a woman. The study guide is a nice addition for studying individually or in a group. The reason I would not recommend this book is because I cannot agree with the teaching that sickness is a form of discipline from God. Other than that, it is a good book.
I received Secrets of the Vine for Women free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
- Rachel Storms
- I am a proud mother of three beautiful girls. I"m happily married to my wonderful husband of eleven years. I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and making memories with my family and friends. Most importantly, I love spending time with my heavenly Father. He has given my life purpose and meaning and I am overwhelmed by His love and mercy.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
I read this earlier today and started thinking, “What is the power that works in us?” Well, we know that it is the power of God that Paul speaks of here, but how much of that unlimited power have we allowed to actually go to work in us both individually and corporately?
While I pondered these things the Holy Spirit reminded me of another scripture. James 5:16 (amp) says that the earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. We see here that power is made available through earnest prayer. In Luke 24:49 (amp) Jesus tells his disciples to remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high. Also, Acts 1:8 says, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. And then, in Acts 2 we see the manifestation of the promise when they were gathered together in the upper room and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
So now we have seen in Scripture that the power of God is made available to us through prayer and the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at Ephesians 3:20 again. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING to the power that works in us. We know God is able. What is He able to do? Exceedingly, abundantly above ALL that we ask or think. But that is ACCORDING to the power that works in us. God made the power available to us. Now we just need to put it to work in us by spending time in prayer and allowing the Holy Spirit to move.