“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 its mother. The newborn desires to stay connected, just as in the womb, knowing where everything–their food and protection comes from.
We may be grown men, but we must stay connected to Jesus and learn the discipline of abiding in Him. It extends beyond spending time with the Lord in the morning. This is where dwelling in Him begins. He is the True Vine and we are the branches, and like a baby apart from that womb, apart from Christ, we can do nothing.
It is humbling when you realize you can produce no good fruit on your own. You will find more and more these are not times to pursue to be strong in yourself because your strength, your love, and your patience, will run out. It will only take you so far. Yet, when you live connected to Jesus, when things happen, you won’t be shaken.
Pray in the morning, yet continue to pray. Praise God in the morning, yet continue to give thanks. Abide in His word in the morning, and continue to think on His promises. Acknowledge the Lord at each turn, letting Him lead the way. These are small keys that will help you abide in Him.
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mighty word. Thank You, Jesus, that You are all I need. I ask for the grace and focus to abide in You and Your word dwells in me today. Not just in the morning at home, but help abiding to become the way that I live. Let Your fruit overflow. Because I dwell in You, I will not be shaken and I will live a strong, fruitful life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: John 15:1-10, Galatians 5:22-23