Daily Devotional – 2/18/14 “The true vine!”

In bible study on last night, we studied in John 15 and in John 15:1-2, Jesus says, “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.” Get this … God cuts off the branches that are attached to Him that bear NO fruit but for those branches that does, He prunes them in order for them to bear more fruit. Let me back up a minute so that you get this in its entirety. See, when we accept Jesus (the vine) we are then rooted in God’s word, watered with the Holy Spirit and fed with His nourishment which allows us to grow and then branch out and once we branch out, our work begins because it is then that we should be bearing fruit. No, I don’t mean like an apple but I’m speaking of spiritual fruit and Lakisha’s definition of spiritual fruit is anything that can be eaten by you or someone else that nourishes the body spiritually. Oh but hold on because can’t just anybody bear good spiritually fruit because although most of us have been rooted in God and say that we are attached to the vine of Jesus, most of us haven’t been watered spiritually in a long time so the fruit we bear isn’t even worth eating let alone sharable when Jesus says in John 15:3, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” And if I must say, the only reason we haven’t been cut off yet is simply because God is still giving us another chance to get it right.

Yea, God has given us all the necessary things we need to bear harvestable fruit but we have to be willing to do the work because we can only bear the type of fruit our spirit is growing. If your spirit is hateful then you bear hateful fruit, if you have a spirit of giving then you bear giving fruit and if you have a lying spirit then you bear lying fruit … You got the point! And please understand, when you bear lying and hateful fruit and you feed them to your household, you are now sowing that type of spirit into those who are eating it and now the cycle continues to grow this same type of unusable fruit. When will the cycle be broken? When will you stop tainting where you’ve been planted because Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Are you attached to the true vine? Does the fruit you bear speak for you?

Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.