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Abiding in Christ’s Love and Word

Scripture reading for April 25th:  John 15, Psalm 83, Proverbs 21

Key Scriptures:  John 15:7-11  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and prove to be My disciples.  As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”  

Jesus encouraged His disciples with a parable of a vine and its branches and ability to produce fruit.  Jesus was the vine and His disciples were the branches.  The Father was the vine-dresser.  The sap in the vine was God’s word.  Each disciple must abide in the vine and be filled with the sap in order to produce fruit.  Abiding meant a close relationship of love and faith that asked for needs and claimed God’s word in faith. All fruit is to His glory!

Faith Confession:  I am abiding in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and allowing the Word of God to abide in me and resting in His love.  I ask Him for what I need and expect to receive in order to produce fruit.

Proverbs 21:20 “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”   

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Thankful for Answered Prayer!

Scripture reading for August 28th:  Jeremiah 32-35

Key Scriptures:  Jeremiah 32:26  “Then the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 33:2-3  “”This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it–the Lord is His Name:  ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'”

God has invited His people to talk with Him.  He introduces Himself as “The God of all mankind”, “The Creator and One who sustains the earth.”  He asked Jeremiah the question: “Is anything too hard for Me?”  Usually when God asks a question, it isn’t because He needs our answer!  The invitation is to call on Him for anything and everything.  He promises to answer and reveal amazing truths to help us on our way to His House!

Thankful for prayer promises:  Jesus the Son of God to His followers:  “And I will do whatever you ask in My Name that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.”  (John 14:13-14)  “If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”  (John 15:7-8)

 

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Thankful for our “Joshua”!

Scripture reading for February 28th:  Deuteronomy 34, Joshua 1-4

Key Scriptures:  Joshua 1:8-9 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  The you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you:  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As Joshua took over leadership at the passing of Moses, God spoke to him about his leadership.  It was really a call to follow God through meditating and speaking forth God’s word!  This would require great courage and strength but the rewards would be prosperity and success!  God would be with Him all the way!

Thankful for Jesus: Jesus Christ, our “Joshua”, calls us to abide in Him and allow His Word to abide in us and we will be fruitful!  “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be give you.  This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”  (John 15:7-8)

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Abiding in the Vine!

Scripture reading for November 4th: John 13-17

Several years ago, I planted two grape vines in my back yard along the fence.  I had used these potted vines as a sermon illustration of Jesus’ teaching in John 15.  I studied grapes and found that they were one of the most widely grown crops in the world.   There are many different varieties and colors and people love to eat them fresh, as juice, or as wine.  They also need cultivation and tending to be the most fruitful and healthy.  Dead and diseased branches need trimmed off and the vines trained to grow in the arbor. The branches are not good for anything but producing fruit.  They will not make lumber but are only good for burning.

Jesus used this agricultural example to teach his disciples about their need to stay attached to Him!  Jesus was the true vine and the disciples were branches.  If they would just “abide” in Him and allow His Word to “abide” in them, they would produce much fruit. (John 15:7) Abiding branches ask the Father for what they need, and He answers!  We must stay attached and draw our nutrients from the vine and its roots.  A branch that doesn’t remain attached is good for nothing but the fire!

Jesus also went on to say that His Father was the gardener who tended the vine. (John 15:1) The gardener’s job was to keep the vine healthy and producing fruit.  Jesus’ Word was the means of pruning His branches.   All fruitless branches were pruned off to keep from wasting precious nutrients.  Fruitful branches were pruned to maximize fruit production.  (John 15:8) Branches that produce no fruit are good for nothing but the fire.

To illustrate the need to abide,  I took two branches off my four year old grape vine.  I put the branches in water and brought them to church.  One branch had 12 clusters of grapes and a second branch had none!  After just one hour, the branches were already wilting.

We must stay attached to the vine and also bear fruit.  This takes a relationship with God through His Word and prayer!  He wants fruit that will last for eternity!  What a privilege to bear precious fruit for eternal life!  Are you securely attached and producing?

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Are you securely attached?

Scripture reading for November 2nd: John 13-17

Several years ago, I planted two grape vines in my back yard along the fence.  I had used these potted vines as a sermon illustration of Jesus’ teaching in John 15.  I studied grapes and found that they were one of the most widely grown crops in the world.   There are many different varieties and colors and people love to eat them fresh, as juice, or as wine.  They also need cultivation and tending to be the most fruitful and healthy.  Dead and diseased branches need trimmed off and the vines trained to grow in the arbor. The branches are not good for anything but producing fruit.

Jesus used this great agricultural example to teach his disciples about their need to stay attached to Him!  Jesus said that He was the true vine and the disciples are branches.  If they would just “abide” in Him and allow His Word to “abide” in them, they would produce much fruit. (John 15:7)  Being a branch is all about “abiding”!  It doesn’t sound too hard to understand!  A branch that doesn’t remain attached is good for nothing but the fire!

Jesus also went on to say that His Father was the gardener who tended the vine. (John 15:1)  All fruitless branches were pruned off to keep from wasting precious nutrients so that those branches that were abiding could use those nutrients to produce fruit.  Fruitful branches are pruned and trained to maximize fruit production.  God is glorified when His branches produce much fruit!  (John 15:8) Branches that produce no fruit are trimmed off and are good for nothing but the fire.

After four years the original potted vines were nearly 20 feet long and covered a section of a wooden fence that I planted them near.   I took two branches off these vines to church for a sermon illustration.    One branch had 12 clusters of grapes on it and a second branch had none!  I had cut them off and after just one hour, they were already wilted.  It is amazing how quickly they die without attachment!

The lesson for us is plain and simple.  We must stay attached to the vine and also bear fruit.  This takes a relationship with God through His Word and prayer!   Are you securely attached and producing?  Today is the best time to affirm your attachment!

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The True Vine!

Scripture reading for May 26th: John 15:1-27

The teaching of Jesus about the Vine would have been a familiar theme to students of the Old Testament.  In Isaiah 5:1-7 we have a prophetic song of the vineyard that spoke of Israel as the vineyard of the Lord and the men of Judah as His delightful plant.  (Isaiah 5:7)   God’s complaint was that the vine of Israel was unfruitful in obedience to the Lord because they broke His commands.   Jesus, in this last night of teaching, stated that He was the true Vine and that His disciples were the branches.

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.” This parable was very easy to understand in the Hebrew culture and in many cultures around the world because grapes are grown in many places.  God is the Gardener and Jesus is the True Vine because He is the only begotten Son of God.  He came in perfect obedience to the Father and would bear much fruit.  God as owner of the Vineyard is looking for fruit and prunes the vine for maximum fruitfulness.

“I am the Vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you produce much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 14:5-8)  Jesus stressed the importance of abiding in Him.  It was only through a relationship with Him that they would produce fruit.  They would have access to ask the Father for whatever they needed, and God would grant it.  What a promise to those who stayed attached!

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