Because of a technical problem, we were not able to post yesterday’s blog at the normal time. Be sure to go back and read the last post as part of this series.
“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” (John 15:4).
By nature, we are very independent people. When it comes to the things of God, independence never works. That is the point Jesus makes in John 15. You and I cannot bear fruit for the Father’s glory (15:8) or fruit that will last (“abide, remain or stay,” 15:16) unless we are always connected and drawing our resources for producing the fruit from a close walk with the Lord Jesus.
What does this look like in practical life and ministry experience? How do we cooperate with the Lord so He is the One producing the fruit in us and not by our own effort? The details of how this works will be different for each person, but there are general principles that apply to all of us. Jesus made it clear; “apart from Me you can do nothing” (15:5). Here are a few principles:
Before you leave this blog page, take a pen and paper and write down at least two things the Spirit is prompting you to do in your personal walk with the Lord that will make you more fruitful.
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