Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4
Today, I would like us to reflect for a minute on the process of a vine bearing fruit. It takes time, patience, and consistent nourishment for fruit to form on the branches of the vine. So it is with you and me in God. We have the most abundant source of life available to us in God. God waits, patiently beckoning us to simply come and abide in him that we might bear the fruit of abundant life. And once a fruit bearing branch is cut off from the vine it loses its source of life. In order to consistently bear the fruit, we have to consistently abide in the vine to allow all thatGod is, and all He longs to give us flow into us.
It is good to know that we are created for intimacy with your heavenly Father. Just as God designed grapes to only grow in connection to the vine, you are designed for intimacy with God as your one, true source. There is no other supply of true life. There is no other process by which we experience abundant life outside of abiding in him. Spending time resting in his presence and receiving what he longs to give us is the most important thing you can do on a daily basis. The days we try and bear fruit apart from him are the days we will be overrun with the cares and stresses of this life.
The Holy Spirit longs to fill you with the abundant fruit of his presence in every area of your life, every moment of every day. All that is required of you is to submit to the reality of his presence rather than go your own way. Choose to listen and receive from him rather than leaning on your own understanding.Take time to submit yourself to God as your source, receive all that he longs to give you, and find your satisfaction in the reality of his powerful presence
I Declare: Today I declare that I am a heavenly branch connected to my heavenly Vine, the lovely Lord Jesus Christ. His life flows through mine as sap flows through the branch. The fullness of God fills and flows through me resulting into abundant fruitfulness.
Ignite Thought: The goal of the Christian life is not to just to gain the Spirit-filled experience; rather, THE GOAL IS TO REMAIN SPIRIT-FILLED.