- Walking with Jesus: As a branch Draws Nourishment from the Vine
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
Every day there are a great many things that would draw us away from the Lord Jesus Christ. You see- some of the sons and daughters of Adam have said, “you need a new _______ before you ever need Jesus.” Or, if you are like me from time to time, if you do a double-check to see if you are sucking your sense of direction, worth, purpose, vision, and on and on and on from a significant other then you will see you will eventually feel an emptiness come over you or worse yet, you’ll be left high and dry for people aren’t perfect. So- what or who are you abiding in?
What do you go to for nourishment when you begin your day or end your day? The reason lots of relationships break down is simply because that special someone is always giving and it is a big temptation to always be taking. With Jesus- it matters not how much you draw from Him for his counsel, encouragement, direction, or just simply you draw so that you might give him back the fruit of praise and worship in whatever you do in His great Name.
Psalm 91- in the Old Testament – starts with these verses: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” How comforting! With Jesus as our Vine we will find rest. With Jesus as our Vine we will find we are walking in His Shadow- He is all around us making a way lest we be scorched. Where the heat of the battle comes, He is our Refuge and Fortress as we abide under His Special Care. Jesus called His Father the Gardner insuring that every and all His children are Channels of Blessing as they abide in Jesus. So, God has a huge investment in seeing us become victorious fruitful over comers. Oh!
“For those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God.” His Holy Spirit dwells in every soul who has thrown his/her self upon the Life, Death, Burial, Resurrection, yes- even His Finished work in life and death on the cross shedding His own Blood to cover the many ways we miss God’s mark for our lives. Are you covered? Is the Holy Spirit dwelling in your life daily? Remember- Christ’s own shed blood covers the spottiness of your Abiding in and Walking with Jesus. Part of Jesus’ work in you and me is refining us as though by fire that we may come forth as gold. Imagine- gold-fruit flowing from Jesus into your life!
Do you see in part- as we explore walking with Jesus- what it means from yet another angle? The Bible is full of such encouraging examples to keep us encouraged and on the right track- so, keep the dust off of your Bible or Screen and dig-in for in the Written Word you will find The Living Word and the Holy Spirit using it to work in your heart daily. Blessings on you reader! The Holy Spirit (the Lord) produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Such is the kind of life available for the one who “remains” or “abides” and walks with Jesus by His Mighty Spirit.