Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Abide In Him To Live Forever







Sunday June 18

Bible Reading:     John 15: 1 - 5
Topic:         Abide In Him To Live Forever

Jesus was preparing to go the Cross and for His ultimate return to the Father after His crucifixion, death and resurrection which would happen not many days after.

He began to prepare His disciples for His departure. He was not going to abandon them as orphans (John 14: 18) but would ask the Father to send them another Comforter, the Holy Spirit Who would lead them into all truth and will never leave them (John 14: 16)

Jesus knew that after His departure, the disciples would need to continue to live and grow in their faith and so in today's text, He tells them the great truth of being the True Vine to which they are as branches are attached.

The reason for their staying finishing well and strong in the Christian race is abiding or remaining in Him (vs. 4, 6)

The branches of any tree that will live and produce fruit must abide or remain attached to the stem of the tree where each draws the sap of life.

Any branch that detaches itself, dies and any that ceases to product fruit is cut off and gathered for burning as firewood by men.

The practical things the Christian must do to abide or remain vitally connected to Christ (the Vine) are
1.      studying and obeying the Word
2.      cultivating of a robust and active prayer life
3.      sharing their faith to others
4.      keeping faith with others in the community of believers

These are the essentials of an abiding or remaining faithful every Christian needs

Prayer
O Lord, grant me the grace to have and use those ingredients of life that will enable me to remain connected to you as a health and faithful branch all my life. Amen.

Memory Verse             John 15: 5
"I am the Vine, ye are the Branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me, ye can do nothing."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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