I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Jesus is calling us to thrive by bringing forth much fruit in His name. Yet to do so we must bring Him into every area of our life, we must remember continuously that without Him we can do nothing that is of any lasting value. When we live in this continual fellowship with the Lord, we will indeed be the branches showing forth all of the marvelous fruits of salvation.
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Isaiah 65:17-18 (KJV)
God wants to shape the new heaven and the new earth in and through the hearts of every born again believer. Our part is to let go of the old, and receive by faith the newness of life that is in Christ Jesus. We then find ourselves filled with a peace and a joy that cannot be shaken; and as we see the promises of God manifesting in our lives, God is able to use us to be a blessing to the people He brings into our path.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us be careful to place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:3 (KJV)
We are righteous in the sight of God not because of our works, but as a result of us believing Him. Faith in the finished works of Jesus is what declares us one hundred percent righteous. And it is out of us believing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus that our good works will then flow.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV)
The more we behold Jesus through His Word, the more are we transformed into His image and likeness. As we seek His will in all of the areas of our life, we will find ourselves being led from glory to glory through the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
The words which we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. One of the most important things for us to do is to take charge over the words that we speak. Let us be in the habit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circumstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)
Whatever God has called us to do, may we rest in this promise of His faithfulness. When we no longer believe we have to make things happen through our own efforts and struggles, but much rather learn to rest in His faithfulness, we become receptive and available to seeing God’s miracle power working in and through our lives.
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exodus 14:14 (KJV)
God fights our battles for us when we are at peace. The more we can simply rest in Him and trust in His Word, the more will peace overtake us regardless of any circumstances or conditions. And a heart at peace is a heart that is receptive and available to God’s promises of victory in every area of life.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:4 (KJV)
We abide in Jesus through abiding in His Word. As we mediate on the Word of God and what it says about us in Christ, old strongholds are broken, worldly beliefs and perceptions are dissolved, and we become more fully receptive to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives. Each of us are called to bear much fruit in His name; let us be sure to abide in the vine.