Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5).
Jesus used the parable of the vine (John 15:1-8) to help us understand the importance of abiding in Him. The vine has many branches and to abide means to be a branch of the vine. Its responsibility is to be a branch and its purpose is to bear fruit. To bear fruit, the branch must solely depend on the vine. The vine will provide nourishment for the branch to bear fruit at the right time. The branch need not worry or fret when the time to bear fruit comes. The branch simply partakes from the vine, grows to maturity and bears fruit. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We only need to abide, staying attached at all times. To abide is to dwell, to continue, to stay close, to wait, to submit, to be patient, endure, persevere and cleave.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me
|JAN 2 - JAN 8||JESUS IS THE VINE|
|JAN 9 - JAN 15||ABIDE IN HIM|
|JAN 16 - JAN 22||BE FRUITFUL|
1 John 3:24
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us by the Spirit whom He has given us
|JAN 23 - JAN 29||THE BLESSING IN ABIDING|
|JAN 30 - FEB 5||JESUS LIVES IN US|
|FEB 6 - FEB 12||LIVE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT|
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
|FEB 13 - FEB 19||LIVING THE CRUCIFIED LIFE|
|FEB 20 - FEB 27||LIVE BY FAITH|
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
|FEB 27 - MAR 05||FATHER, THE VINEDRESSER|
|MAR 06 - MAR 12||THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BRANCH|
|MAR 13 - MAR 19||GOD PRUNES FOR OUR FRUITFULNESS|
… but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
|MAR 20 - MAR 26||BE TEACHABLE|
|MAR 27 - APR 02||BENEFITS OF DISCIPLINE|
|APR 03 - APR 09||PURSUE HIS HOLINESS|
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
|APR 10 - APR 16||BE JOYFUL IN OVERCOMING TRIALS|
|APR 17 - APR 23||THE TESTING OF FAITH|
|APR 24 - APR 30||FAITH PRODUCES CHARACTER|
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
|MAY 01 - MAY 07||IT SHALL BE DONE BY OUR OBEDIENCE|
|MAY 08 - MAY 14||LIVING TO GLORIFY GOD|
|MAY 15 - MAY 21||LIFE OF A DISCIPLE|
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
|MAY 22 - MAY 28||KEEPING GOD'S WORD|
|MAY 29 - JUN 04||MEDITATING ON GOD'S WORD|
|JUN 05 - JUN 11||THE KEY TO PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS|
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do
|JUN 12 - JUN 18||KNOWING HIS WORD|
|JUN 19 - JUN 25||ACT UPON THE WORD|
|JUN 26 - JULY 2||BLESSED BY OBEDIENCE|
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
|JUL 03 - JUL 09||THE GREATEST LOVE|
|JUL 10 - JUL 16||SACRIFICIAL LOVE|
|JUL 17 - JUL 23||REACH OUT IN LOVE|
1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
|JUL 24 - JUL 30||GOD IS LOVE|
|JUL 31 - AUG 06||KNOWING AND LOVING GOD|
|AUG 07 - AUG 13||LOVE AS JESUS LOVES IN WORD AND DEED|
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
|AUG 14 - AUG 20||THE DEBT OF LOVE|
|AUG 21 - AUG 27||LOVING ONE ANOTHER|
|AUG 28 - SEP 03||FULFILL THE LAW THROUGH LOVE|
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you
|SEP 04 - SEP 10||CHOSEN AND APPOINTED BY GOD|
|SEP 11 - SEP 17||GO AND BEAR FRUIT|
|SEP 18 - SEP 24||GRANTED BY MY FATHER|
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
|SEP 25 - OCT 01||CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER|
|OCT 02 - OCT 08||CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST|
|OCT 09 - OCT 15||ASK IN HIS WILL|
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”.
|OCT 16 - OCT 22||ASK BELIEVING AND BE EXPECTANT|
|OCT 23 - OCT 29||BE PRAYERFUL|
|OCT 30 - NOV 05||ANSWERED PRAYERS|
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning
|NOV 06 - NOV 12||DECLARING JESUS|
|NOV 13 - NOV 19||ANOINTED MISSION|
|NOV 20 - NOV 26||EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH|
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
|NOV 27 - DEC 03||GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND BEING A WITNESS FOR JESUS|
|DEC 04 - DEC 10||PROCLAIMER OF THE GOSPEL|
|DEC 11 - DEC 17||THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS|
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
|DEC 18 - DEC 24||EMMANUEL, GOD IS WITH US|
|DEC 25 - DEC 31||CELEBRATION AND THANKSGIVING|