John 15:4-5 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Jesus declares to all of us on today that He is the “Vine”, and we are the branches. Therefore we must stay connected to Him.
We are commanded, exhorted, warned not to go off on our own way in this life because we will not survive spiritually. God’s Word declares that not only will the branch not survive, but it will not bare fruit. A broken branch eventually dies and dry rot. It has no life support and death of it is inevitable. The same with us as Christians, apart from God we die a spiritual death that separates us from Him now and in eternity.
Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you.” The word “abide” means “live.” In other words, Jesus is saying, “stay connected to Me” for apart from Him we all will die. Death here is not referencing the physical, but spiritual.
Abiding is not dropping in for a visit every now and then. Abiding in means living there, staying connected to the source. Abiding means to hunker down, dig your heals in and plan on staying for the long haul. No turning back, no looking back, but moving forward with God, regardless of the cost.
The reality is that God is with us wherever we go. He is the vine that the branch is connected to.
Every now and then the branches has to be pruned. God has to take out of us, the things that does not look like Him. the things that are stopping it from growing. The things in our life that are hindering our spiritual maturity, the things that are causing us not to be productive in that which God has commanded of us.
To keep the vine growing and producing, pruning and cutting away the unproductive branches is a “MUST”! Why? We must continue to grow and bear fruit on this Christian journey. Our trees must continue to bare fruit until our life here on this side is over. Matthew 5:16 -Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Stay connected to God! How? Through prayer, worship and study of His Word. God is our power source and apart from the power, there is no light and we walk blindly in darkness. It is critical that we stay connected.
How do we stay connected to God? By living in the world and not of the world and it’s standards for life and living. By using God’s Word as our stand for Christian living.
To bear fruit, we must be connected to the vine. To continue to produce fruit, you and I must stay connected to Jesus, for He declares to us on today that “apart from Me you can do nothing”!
My plea and my prayer for all of us on today is that we be not moved nor swayed by what we see nor hear, but that we are moved by faith and trust in God, knowing that He is God and He will do just what he says He will do.
Allow God to be God in our lives and “stay connected to Him”. Remember, He just told us that “apart from Him we can do nothing”.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving us a mind to stay connected to Him for scripture declares in Acts 17:28a-For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
Stay Connected To God Who Is Your Power Source!
I love you all with the love of Christ.
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