Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Are You connected?

How can I tell the difference between dead wood and a live branch?

The difference is in the fruit.

You and I need to be very cautious in deciding whether the person under inspection is live or dead wood.

The Gardner is the only One whom knows for sure.

One way to be sure that we are attached to the vine is to be genuinely fruitful.

The branches of a vine abide by remaining connected to the vine.

To abide in Christ means to remain connected to Him so completely that His spirit flows through every part of our being.

The fruit that we will bear is produced by the Holy Spirit and is through no effort of our own.

We are not to concentrate on fruit bearing, but our personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Its the consistency of our time spent with Him, the consistency of our obedience, to what He says, and the consistency of our dependence upon Him, that keeps that connection of the branch with the vine healthy, strong, energetic,powerful and growing.

Yes, it is possible for a branch to have lots of leaves but no fruit, which is why you and I need to be cultivated.

Cultivation is necessary because the abundance of fruit is in direct proportion to the size of the connection where the branch is joined to the Vine.

The smaller, more constricted the connection, the less fruit.

The larger the connection the greater the fruit, because of its capacity to be filled.

Is your connection to the Vine big or small?

Have you examined your life lately?

Do you live out your life consistently dependent upon Him?

What is your hearts cry, more of Him?

"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!" John 15:5

The Vine will merely use you to bear fruit.

Get close to Jesus and you will bear fruit.

Fruit is not outward success, as many think that if a ministry is big and involves a lot of people, it is fruitful.
A church or Bible study group isn't successful just because it has many people--fleshly effort can produce big numbers.

Fruit-bearing is not a sensation, just because a person does not have a lot of fruit because he is enthusiastic or can make others enthusiastic about a church program.
God produces real fruit in our lives when we abide.

The fruit of the Spirit is common to all of us, yet the Spirit uses each one of us differently.

Fruit cannot be produced by simulating the genuine fruit another person has born.

It is tempting to see the fruit another person has produced and try to duplicate it.

Instead of abiding, some of us try to produce what someone else has produced, but only to end up with only artificial fruit.

God did not design us to produce the same kind of fruit, our fruit is uniquely arranged, ordered, and designed for us.

Real fruit is, first of all, Christlike character.

A believer who is like Christ bears fruit, these are all characteristics of Christ.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23,

Christlike character is not produced by self-effort, it grows naturally out of a relationship with Christ.

We don't first try to be loving, and when we have become loving, try to be joyful, and so on, instead, those qualities become part of our lives as we abide in Christ by staying close to Him.

Fruit-bearing is not a matter of being strong or weak, good or bad, brave or cowardly, clever or foolish, experienced or inexperienced.

Whatever your gifts, accomplishments, or virtues, they cannot produce fruit if you are detached from Jesus Christ.

A branch can bear no fruit apart from the vine.

Even strong branches can't bear fruit independent of the vine.

The strongest branches, cut off from the vine, become as helpless as the weakest; the most beautiful are as helpless as the ugliest, and the best is as worthless as the worst.

Those who truly abide will bear fruit.

 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me." John 15;4

The person who abides discovers that his soul is nourished with the truths of God as he stays in a close, living, relationship with Jesus.


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