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We live and work in a hostile world.  Everything seems to be against us, and the plans God has set down for all His children.  However, we must not fear because our God is the same today and will be the same tomorrow.  What He has for you is for you and no one can ever take that away.  Although, he clearly tells us that we must abide in Him and He will abide in us.  We must be obedient to the word and stand firm on it, know matter how difficult the situation in the world become.  God is the gardener, the cultivator of the vine and the branches.  In order for the branches to produce much fruit, the branches must remain connected to the vine.  In other words, you must always abide in the vine.

The fruitful branches are true believers.  They abide in the vine.  To abide means to stay where you are as a Christian, Christ has placed you in that position.  In your daily walk, you must stay in an intimate fellowship with the Lord.  A branch abides in a vine by drawing all its life and nourishment from the vine.  So we abide in Christ by spending time in prayer, reading and obeying His Word, fellowshipping with His people, and being continually conscious of our union with Him.  As we thus maintain constant contact with Him, we are conscious of His abiding in us and supplying us with spiritual strength and resources.  The branch can only bear fruit as it abides in the vine.  The only way believers can bear the fruit of a Christ-like character is by living in touch with Christ moment by moment.

Each branch that continues to remain in the vine will produce much fruit.  This fruit could be new converts, or the fruit of the Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit displayed in our lives should attract people to Jesus and thereby make them new members of God’s vine and branches.

When a believer remains in Christ and Christ’s words remain in him, that person may go to God and ask anything in the name of Jesus and their prayers will be answered.  An essential part of being a disciple requires bearing fruit for the Lord.  And in order to pray for results, a person must remain in Christ.  For when we remain in him, our thoughts and desires conform to his, and we can pray in his name, knowing that our requests please God.  We can then be assured that whatever we ask will be done.

A vine that produces much fruit glorifies God, for daily he sends the sunshine and rain to make the crops grow, and he constantly nurtures each plant and prepares it to blossom.  What a moment of glory for the Lord of the harvest when the harvest is brought into the barns, mature and ready for use.  He made it all happen!  This farming analogy shows how God is glorified when we come into a right relationship with him and begin to “bear much fruit” in our lives.

Abiding is the secret of a successful prayer life.  The closer we get to the Lord, the more we will learn to think His thoughts after Him.  The more we get to know Him through His Word, the more we will understand His will.  The more our will agrees with His, the more we can be sure of having our prayers answered.  When God answer our prayers, we know that we are in the right standing with God.  We become like the tree that is planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever we do, we shall prosper.  (Psalm 1:3), because God is Glorified.


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