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Monday, June 12, 2017

John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

A branch cannot exist without the vine for the branch has no life in itself. The branch can only survive by accepting the life that flows from the vine. A branch that is cut off from the vine can never produce fruit. Apart from the vine, the branch can only wither and die. The branch has no identity apart from the vine. It is the same with us. Without Jesus, we will spiritually wither. We don't have life in ourselves as branches. So we must look to the vine for the abundant life that God wants us to have. Apart from Jesus, we are unable to do anything that is of eternal value, that is genuinely Christ-like, that can impact lives for God's Kingdom, or that can bring honor and glory to Him.

On the other hand, if we will live in dependence upon our vine, His life will flow through us, by the work of the Holy Spirit. The result will be true spiritual fruit in our lives produced by Him and characteristic of Him, not produced by us and characteristic of us. Such an abiding life will display the fruit of "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goddess, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22,23).

Abiding in Him,

Pastor Rod Harris



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