Daily Devotional – 9/29/14 “You are just the branch!”

Sitting, staring at the computer trying to figure out what to write about but my mind and body is tired because lately I’ve been having such vivid dreams and although it’s hard to put into words, I know it’s God speaking to me yet I’m still trying to figure out what all of this means on this spiritual journey. During one of those moments this morning, prayer was the word that was dropped into my spirit and I thought about sharing that as a devotional topic but as Christians, you know that you ought to pray; don’t you? You know that you should pray for yourself for 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land, shouldn’t you?” Then I was challenged again on Facebook to share my favorite bible scripture and for those of you who know a little about me, then you know the one I’ve share above is my favorite but I thought I’d share another one that leapt out to me this morning from John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” See, in John 15:1, Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” How does this go along with prayer? Easy because the scripture says ask whatever you wish and it will be done. And how do you ask …through prayer.

Jesus goes on to say in the next verses (This is me putting it another way); My Father, cuts off the branches of the vines that bears no fruits because they mean no good to the vine and are dead weight yet He prunes those who bear good fruit in order for them to continue to bear good fruit. Please understand what I mean here when I say bearing fruit, I mean sharing God’s word. Not just any word but God’s word that is actually digestible for other folk to be able to eat it and understand it. As Christian’s it is our duty to be able to share God’s word with other folk thus being able to bear good fruit and as Christians we are branches connected to the true vine, Jesus, who is connected to the gardener God which means we should all be bearing good fruit. If we aren’t then we may be doing it for the wrong vine. I’m simply stating the facts. If you call yourself a Christian, other Christians and folk who aren’t believers should be able to eat fruit from your branch, good fruit. They should be able to get a word, a scripture, a prayer or a word of encouragement from you every once in a while, that is edible. This is why Jesus says you’ve got to remain in me and as long as you do, I’ll remain in you because you can’t bear fruit without me when you are just the branch. Did you catch that? You are just the branch, Jesus is the vine and without the vine you are nothing! John 15:6 says, “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” You have what it takes to bear good fruit but you’ve got to be connected to the right vine. So when you do it for the vine, make sure you’re doing it for the right vine so that whatever you ask, it will be done. Connect to the true vine, pray and it will be done.

**Whoever you are that thinks God isn’t listening to you, He is but you’ve got to reconnect yourself to the vine in order to get the nutrients you need to bloom again. He hasn’t left you; He’s simply waiting on you.

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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.