Abide in Christ

DAILY JOURNEY WITH THE LORD
Friday 5th January, 2018.
Bible Text: John 15:1-11

1“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, as I also 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. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are 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 done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
What was your relationship with God last year? Today’s Bible passage is talking about your relationship with God. From the text above, we have:

  • Jesus, the son as the vine. Vine is a plant with large stem, from which grow long branches that naturally run along the ground, bearing grapes).
  • The Father as the gardener. A gardener takes care of the garden to ensure that all the branches yield good fruits.
  • Branches are the Believers who are in Christ, the son.
  • A branch needs the help of a vine for it to bear fruits, a gardener always cut off any branch that fails to produce fruits, while he takes care of the branch that produces good fruits.
    This is simply telling you (the branch) that without the Vine (Jesus) you can do nothing. You need to abide in Him and Him in you so as for you to get everything you will ask from Him this year as He promised in verse 7. You can bear fruit this year through personal spiritual exercises like studying the word of God, praying, fasting, fellowshipping with others and evangelism.
    God loves you, He does not want you to wither away, I advice you today to stay close to Him and it shall be well with you.

    PRAYER POINTS

  • Thank God for the grace of another day.
  • Lord, help me to remain in you.
  • Help me Lord to yield fruits for your glory.
  • Help me to reign with you.
  • SHALOM!

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