I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit (stops bearing) He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word, which I have given you. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)
The branch that is not connected to its source of nourishment withers and dies. It is essential for the branch to remain connected to the source. That source is God – Jesus – The Word.
“If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)
We must remain (abide) connected to The Word (Jesus Christ) in order to continue growing spiritually and prospering.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 2)
God wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our soul (mind and emotions) prosper. The soul can’t prosper unless it is transformed. Transformed by The Word.
“Do not be conformed to this world (fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs), but be transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of your mind (by its new ideals and its new attitude), so that you may prove (for yourselves) what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of god, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect (in His sight for you).” (Romans 12:2)
Our mind must be continually transformed by Living Waters. We can’t physically live without water, and we can’t spiritually live without The Word.
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
There are many people walking around who are physically alive, but spiritually dead because there is no Word in them No Jesus in them. Jesus is the source of spiritual life. We may eat, drink and be merry (engage in worldly pleasures) and think we are living the life. That is, to party, drink alcoholic beverages, do drugs, have premarital sex, play sports till the sun goes down, and not have Jesus in our life (heart and mind); not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the Messiah – The Anointed One.
But we aren’t “living the life” because we don’t have Jesus (the source of life) inside of our heart and mind. So we are really living DEATH.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life (his blessed life in the kingdom of God)? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his (blessed) life (in the kingdom of God)? (Matthew 16:26)
The most important relationship in our life is the one we have with Jesus. Not our relationship with our mother, father, or brother.
” . . . truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (I John 3)
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37-38)
Stay connected to Jesus Christ even when the winds fall and the valleys run deep.
When it seems like all you need is sleep.
When it seems there is no way out.
Trust in Jesus, He is the truth and the way without a doubt.
He will shape and mold you all the way through.
Just don’t give up when you are feeling blue.
The trials and tribulations we experience are designed to strengthen our faith and trust in Jesus (the Holy One).
I challenge you to be a Branch that Remains Connected to the Vine – Jesus Christ.
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which helps women realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches, their communities and the world.
WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment and boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’
WLWM offers ministry resource books that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!! These resources written and published by Ms. Booker are: “You Are Called to Greatness”, “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, “Life Enrichment Kit”, “Seeking the Face of God”, “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, and “Biblical Entrepreneurship”.