When His Words Remain In Us
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. – John 15:5-8
I have a friend who has the most remarkable testimony of being born again that I have known. He and his whole family had a deadly disease. He was deeply involved in illegal activities and was addicted to drugs. Then he surrendered his life to Jesus and everything changed.
His life and the lives of his wife and children were radically affected by Christ. They were in the vine. Then came a great surprise. He got a job that exposed him to a lot of people and he began to change.
This person who had not only been freed from sin and addictions but who had been healed from a disease which carried a death sentence, and he was letting it all slip through his fingers as he began to dabble in the world again.
He left his family was again involved with drugs and other sins. He disconnected himself from the vine. He severed himself from the life God had given him.
This tragic story is repeated time and again by people who begin to look back to the world and begin to listen to the words of the enemy as he says to them, “Go ahead, just a little bit of fun isn’t going to hurt you.” They listen to wrong words.
Jesus said, “If my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.” The world speaks enticing words offering what it can’t deliver. Jesus always delivers on his word.
Jesus has proven over and over that his words are true and if we continue in the vine, and we continue to listen to his words, then our desire will be for him and his righteousness and all that we desire and ask of him will be given to us.
Prayer: Lord, help me to always stay in the vine and listen to your words. Help to not listen to the enticing words of evil which are trying to draw me away from your abundant life into a life of false hopes and lying promises. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: Jesus has proven over and over that his words are true and if we continue in the vine, and we continue to listen to his words, then our desire will be for him and his righteousness and all that we desire and ask of him will be given to us.
Affirmation: While I am in the vine God's favor rests upon me and he grants my hearts desire. That is why I remain in the vine.
Reflection: When Jesus instructed his disciples to stay in the vine he was telling them to continue in obedience to the words he was speaking. How does this passage relate to Joshua 1:8? There is a principle in both of these passages relating to the effect of abiding in the words of the Lord. What is that principle?
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