“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, NKJV.
When a baby is born, they immediately cry for their mother. The newborn desires to stay connected, just as in the womb, knowing where their food and protection comes from.
We may be grown men, but we have a similar dependency. We have to abide (dwell, reside, hang out, remain, be settled) in Jesus. He will help you live strong. He is the True Vine and we are the branches, and apart from Christ, we can do nothing.
It is humbling when we realize we can produce no good fruit—love, joy, patience, self-control, goodness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, and gentleness on our own. You will find these are not times to pursue to be strong in yourself because your strength will run out. Yet, when you live connected to Him, when things happen, you won’t be shaken because His grace is sufficient, and Jesus is enough.
Pray in the morning, yet continue to pray. Praise God in the morning, yet continue to praise Him. Abide in His word in the morning, and stay there. These are the small keys that will help you abide in Him.
Prayer: Father, thank You, Jesus, that You are all I need. I ask for the grace and focus to abide in You and Your word today. Not just in the morning, but may abiding become the way that I live. In the midst of everything happening around me, let Your fruit overflow. Because I dwell in You, I will not be shaken. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Study: John 15:1-10, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Galatians 5:22-23