Friday, April 5, 2013

Be a Branch

I am the true vine, and My Father 
is the keeper of the vineyard... 
Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. 
A branch cannot bear fruit 
if it is disconnected from the vine.
I am the vine, and you are the branches. 
If you abide in Me and I in you, 
you will bear great fruit. 
Without Me, you will accomplish nothing...
Your abundant growth and your faithfulness 
as My followers will bring glory to the Father.
John 15
The Lord has been speaking to me again
about my identity as a branch.
He always reminds me of this 
when I manifest any signs of confusion
about doing and being.
As a daughter, I can try to please.
And that is not wrong.
But when I begin to think about my value
and about earning His love,
He sits me down and points at a tree.
See that branch? 
It is successful because it abides.
As it simply abides, growing stronger each day,
it produces green leaves and fruit.
Could a branch jump off and try to do 
something other than produce the tree's fruit?
Nature lives in complete harmony with God's laws.
Learn to live today in the fullness of blessing
which comes from abiding in Me.
Anything you do apart from Me is chaff.
It will not count; there is no reward for your work.
Get all of your strength from Me.
I have everything you need for life and
I give freely as the vine gives to the branch.
It is your abundant growth and
 faithfulness as My follower 
that will bring glory to the Father.
Everything I did while on earth
was about Him.
Be like Me.

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