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has been so good for my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I am
growing in my love for him and learning to abide in Jesus like never
before, by the help of the Holy Spirit. I am starting to learn what it
is like to abide in Christ and in the love of the Father. It was during
my time of solitude that the Lord started showing me a little glimpse of
what is means to abide in Christ.
I was sitting outside for solitude on a lovely spring day, waiting on
the Lord to direct me where He wanted me to read that it seemed he was
directing my attention to a man who was pruning a tree. As I watched him
prune away the dead branches the thought came that I should read John
15. This is where an absolutely amazing journey began (which I hope
never ends). God started teaching me what it is like to abide in Jesus. I
say started, because to abide in Christ and grow in Him takes time; it
doesn’t happen overnight.
vs 1. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. vs
2. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every
branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. vs
4. 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… As my Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.”
While reading John 15, I was struck by how many times the words
“abide”, “in me” and “remain” show up in the first 11 verses. I think
Jesus is trying to tell me something. Jesus was and is trying to drive
home a point! I need to abide in him and in his love all the time! When
hard times come (which they will) we are to abide in the Lord Jesus. The
times of pruning in our lives are when the vinedresser cuts away the
dead branches that hinder us from bearing fruit. When they are gone, we
can grow and yield lasting fruit that glorifies our Heavenly Father.
There may be things in our life that distract us from abiding in Christ
and loving Him relentlessly.
This is a wonderful promise from God. As we keep His commandments, we
will abide in his love! The Holy Spirit is our helper and guide and He
enables us to abide in Jesus. It is hard to share everything that I felt
like the Father was revealing to my heart as I watched the man prune
the tree and as we read John 15:1-11.
I am the branch that has been grafted into Jesus the true vine. The
dead branches which are being pruned away from me are the things that
take the place of God in my life. I can rest assured knowing that my
Father knows what He is doing in and through my life. The fruit that
will come from this will bring glory to the Father, which is what truly
—Disciple in GFA Discipleship Program