"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 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.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
But if you remain in me and my words remain in you...
That phase speaks loud to me. Nothing that Jesus wants more from all of us, who follow Him and trust in Him, is simply to remain in Him and His words remain in us. In other word, we stay in Jesus and have His words live in and be part of out lives.
Later He says that we may ask for anything we want and it will be granted! This is not about "whatever we want" in our flesh desire, but when we live in Jesus and His words live in us, everything we want is align with God's will and desire. Because He is working in us with the power of His Word and Holy Spirit. We live by the Holy Spirit and not by flesh. And anything we ask in Jesus' name that what will be granted to us.
At the end, we will produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit, becoming the true disciples of Jesus and that brings the great glory to God! The goal is to bring the glory for God only!
Remaining in Jesus leads us to live in unity with God. Isn't that amazing truth? I want to live in unity with God all of my days. One way to remain in Jesus and have His words in us is to read the Bible, memorize the verses and meditate them all day.
When I read the Bible and some verses speak loud to me, I will write them in my small note book, a note card and tape it on the wall right beside my desk, and sometimes even I scrapbook it :) So that I can read it all the time, remind me of God's promises and His presence, and that is my bread.
Another way is I join HelloMornings challenge. This has been an amazing challenge for me to wake up earlier that anyone in my house, have some time with God in His word and prayer time. I love the to see how God speak through all the lades in my group and WOW... always get a surprise encouragement from them every single day! I am so thankful! There will be a new challenge this coming February! And I hope you all can join us and be blessed!
I found this these free Bible verse quotes downloadable desktop background at Meat Me In The Meadow blog yesterday.
Aren't they beautiful? You can go and download them HERE and have God's word always on your screen every time you turn your computer on. This is just one of many ways to have God's word alive around you, that you can read all the time....
So, share with us, how do you have God's word in you every day?