THEME: I AM
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “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.”
-Jesus is the true vine & we are His branches. He helps us to bear fruit according to His will & for the glory of His name. God the Father is the Vinedresser & as the owner of the vineyard He takes charge of all His branches. Jesus reveals three levels fruitfulness I.e. bearing fruit, more fruit & much fruit. Those who don’t bear fruit the Father takes away & on other instances are thrown into the fire (Mat 7:19-20). Those who bear fruit the Father prunes so that they may bear more fruit. The Father chastens us through pruning to ensure He corrects all our bad habits & trains us in His holiness. Additionally, by abiding in Christ Who is the true vine; we bear much fruit as He directs us. Fruitfulness can be achieved by abiding in God through love for Him & our neighbors as He has commanded us for He is love. Also, through works of charity, other good works, exploiting our gifts, obedience to Gods’ commandments, conducting ourselves in a manner that is pleasing to God, taking heed to the fruit of the Holy Spirit, seeing people come to faith in Christ, helping others to grow in Christ-likeness, doing our work & all that has been entrusted to us to the best of our abilities etc. Jesus calls us to abide in Him as He abides in us which enables us to cultivate a close personal relationship with Him for His love & mercy for us everlasting. We also abide in Christ through our dependence to Him; for without Him we can achieve nothing but with Him we will bear fruit, more fruit & much fruit as He directs us.
You are the true Vine Jesus & the Father is the Vinedresser; help us to abide in You as You are in us. Increase our faith Holy Spirit & shower in our hearts with the fruit of love so that we may bear much fruit. Guide us in times of victory & during times of weakness; Christ our Lord so that we may always run to You for without You we can do nothing. Be present always merciful Father in our families, homes, schools, churches, societies, judiciary, government & nation. Direct all our thoughts, heart desires, decisions, dispositions & ramifications through Your merciful love Lord. Help us to be innovative in all areas of our lives for all wisdom, understanding, knowledge & strength belong to You Jesus. Bless the work of our hands Father & expand our territories accordingly to Your loving kindness. Help us Lord to abide in You always that we may bear fruit, more fruit & much fruit for the glory of Your name. Amen
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