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I’m a mess away from God

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5.

Amen, to that!

I am going through a rough stretch that I brought on myself.

When I get apart from God, I don’t always realize it.  Having the company of Godly people often let’s my ungodliness pass unnoticed.

The trouble starts when someone else does notice and calls me on it.  Often, instead of realizing that I’m serving up ungodliness, I just compound it by taking someone else into ungodliness with me.  That’s what has been going on for part of today.

It’s wrong.  I know it’s wrong.

I have been using Marilyn Hontz,’ “Listening for God,” as a guide to reading Scripture.  She advocates reading along in a passage until it speaks directly to you.  Today was John 15 for me.

I didn’t get far until I came across a correction I needed – “apart from me…”

When I am apart from God, I am deadwood.  I am useless and worthless to God.  He can’t use me.

I miss out on so much.  Instead of growing in Him I’m loosening my attachment to Him.  He can’t be pleased!

My morning thoughts to seek Him must be lived out.  Some of these days, I suspect that I could have a prayer and praise service in my room and still make a mess of things an hour later!  And I live in a friendly environment!

I must simplify my relationship to God.  I am either with Him or against Him.  Satan takes over where God leaves off.  I can’t let go of God.

Based on today’s troubles, I must filter every word/deed through Him.  Maybe talking less and initiating less would help?

There are many tugs at me to do this or that.  When I most fast from one thought/deed to another I lose touch with God at times.  Unfortunately, in my setting I can slide away without creating waves.  Someone else, frustrated by my behavior, should be alerting me to being apart from Him.  Today, I heard no alert and off the deep end I went.

I need to be very conscious of God’s presence.  He’s in this room I’m writing in.  He’s in the room when I’m getting called out.  He hears my reaction.  He sees me living out the end of John 15:5 – apart from me you can do nothing.

Conclusion: Nothing good happens when I am apart from God.

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A one-verse guide to the Christian life

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; John 15-16.

I love Scripture that is obviously right.

Who could argue with the truth of today’s verse?

It tells me that I can be apart from God or I can be attached to God.  The choices are clear……..and likewise are the consequences of both options.

I cannot conclude that I’m uninformed.

I WANT to bear much fruit.  What to do?  Get attached to Him and NEVER let go!

My relationship to Him must be ongoing.  It can’t lapse into distancing myself from a deliberate connection to Him.

There is great joy in being a productive believer.  The joy emerges in ways that are unexpected.  I err when I preconceive what the results will be.  I must do whatever God wants me to do and let HIM fill in the resulting details.  He never disappoints.

“Lord, apart from You I will make messes of all sizes.  I do not want that to happen.  I cling now to You.  I seek You with all my heart.  Help me, Lord.  Help me to get my life right with You.  Expose the sin that I may confess it and repent of it.  Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.”

Today’s verse tells me all I need to know about how to life a Godly life.  Will I follow His instructions?

 

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Much?

“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: John 15-18.

I was drawn to the word, “much,” in this verse as I read it today.

I believe that “much” is a relative term as used here.

I have my ideas about “much.” My instincts connect “much” to quantity. However, “much” may actually refer to quality.

God is the judge of my production. My part is to be connected to Him and willing to do whatever He wants me to do.

What does He want me doing? Maybe it will be something big. Maybe it will be something that will bear fruit in the future. God only knows!

My concern must not be about what is produced. It must, instead, be over whether or not I am fully connected to Him.

How sinful of me to analyze the productivity of others! God has different plans for each of His people. I must be sure that I am surrendered to Him. I must be sure that from that relationship to Him I am maximizing my intensity to do what He wants.

How wonderful it is to be attached to Him.

How wonderful it is to see/hear what being connected to Him produces.

Can I get my earthly life in synch with His wishes and be productive?

“O Lord, I want to please You completely. I know that Your Holy Spirit dwells within me. Help me to practice that presence and live accordingly. Forgive me for being unproductive in Your eyes.   My God, I am all Yours.”

Are you attached to Him or detached?

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Separation John 15:5

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 13-15 & John 15)

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

This is another plain verse of instruction.

I can do nothing of spiritual value apart from God.  I can do things but they are worthless in God’s sight.

He knows my heart.  He knows my motivation.  I cannot fool Him.

What seems like a good idea to me may not be a good idea to Him.  Therefore, I must start each day with Him.

I do not need to force things.  I do need to be eager to change course if He so desires.  I must plead for closed doors and open doors so that I will be in the best spiritual spot.

“Lord, what do You want me to do?  I beg You to make it as clear as possible to me.  Close doors and open doors ahead for my spiritual benefit. Enable me to notice the difference between them and respond appropriately.”

– North Bridgton –

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