TUESDAY 5TH MAY 2020
WORD FOCUS: DON’T DIP ONLY BUT DWELL RICHLY
TEXT: John 15:4 “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….”
About the time AD30 in the upper room in Jerusalem Jesus had a conversation with His true disciples relating the importance between Him and them (the union of Christ with you and I) The Book of John 15 captures how God desires us to prosper and bear fruits. Hence, we must be tied firmly to Jesus for pruning and purging by His Word and Spirit. Let us visualize the art of making good tea. First, you can dip your tea bag up and down in the hot water and then pull it out. Or perhaps you can let it dwell there so that you can experience the tea’s full strength and flavor. Jesus said: ‘Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me], you can do nothing’ (vv. 4-5). The secret of victorious Christian living is not ‘dipping’ in God’s presence once a week in church, but ‘dwelling’ in it every day. That’s why this devotional is a helpful tool for your spiritual growth; it causes you to get into God’s Word each day, meditate on it, and ask, ‘Lord, what are You saying to me?’ When you’re a dipper, you ‘make things happen’ by your own effort. You move the bag up and down, wrap the string around the spoon, then pull, etc. That’s a lot of effort – and that’s not how God wants you to live the Christian life. No, He wants you to be a ‘dweller’. As a branch (you) partake of the divine nature by faith and love we receive power and influence in order to preserve and save us to eternal life. It’s the depth and duration of your dwelling that determines the strength and richness of your spiritual life. So the Word for you today is: don’t be a dipper, be a dweller. Examine these fruits; your conversation, disposition devotion, temper, etc.
ACTS 17:1-15/JDGS 6/JOB 36
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