He Is The Vine, We Are The Branches

We were not meant to go through this life on our own, struggling day to day under our own strength and power. Our Creator, the Almighty God, placed in each one of us an instinctive knowledge of His existence and a sense of our own inadequacies apart from Him. He created us for His express purpose and will, having a desire to love us and fellowship with us both now and through eternity.

But as we grow up, our prideful, sinful, human nature comes to the forefront of our thoughts and drowns out our ingrained knowledge of His Love and Grace. We think we must go through our lives on our own, only half living and never truly understanding our reason for being.

If we have not accepted Jesus as our Savior, we will go through life in a hopeless litany of days and years that have no redeeming value; only to end up with an eternity spent in hell.

But, Oh! The Blessed Hope of those that have given their life to Christ! Not only do we have the promise of eternity in His Presence, we also have His strength and power to draw on while here on this earth!

He has placed His Holy Spirit into the hearts of those that have been born again, to lead us and teach us and empower us to do His will.

But, we will not, not one of us, ever realize our true potential unless we yield ourselves heart, mind, body and soul to the God that Created us.

Yes, we can muddle through on our own; but nothing that we can accomplish on our own will ever be equal to what we can accomplish through the power of His Spirit.

And, inevitably, we will come to a day when we are helpless and lost, broken down by circumstances, unable to do what is expected of us, apart from the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.

“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.”

John 15:5

 

Abiding in the Savior that died for us is the key to successfully accomplishing God’s will and purpose for our lives. To abide in Him is to rest in His Mercy and Grace. To abide in Him is to place Him first in our lives. To abide in Him is to place our every thought, motive, word, and deed under the Supreme Guidance and control of the Holy spirit.

Only then can we live the way God wants us to live, and accomplish all that He wants us to accomplish.

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He shall direct your paths.”

Psalm 3:5&6

 

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2018

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On Intercessory Prayer by Rev. Andrew Murray

“”If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you,

ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

John 15:7

 

“The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.” James 5:16

 

“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God; and whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:21&22

 

Our power in prayer depends  upon our life. Where our life is right we shall know how to pray so as to please God, and prayer will secure the answer.  The texts quoted above all point in this direction.  “If ye abide in Me”, our Lord says, ye shall ask, and it shall be done unto you. It is the prayer of a righteous man, according to James, that availeth much.  We receive whatsoever we ask, John says, because we obey and please God. All lack of power to pray aright and perseveringly, all lack of power in prayer with God, points to some lack in the Christian life.  It is as we learn to live the life that pleases God, that God will give what we ask. Let us learn from our Lord Jesus, in the parable of the vine, what the healthy, vigorous life is that may ask and receive what it will. Hear His voice, “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” And again at the close of the parable: “Ye did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask that Father in my name, He may give it you.”

 

And what is now, according to the parable, the life that one must lead to bear fruit, and then ask and receive what we will? What is it we are to be or do, that will enable us to pray as we should, and to receive what we ask? The answer is in one word: it is the branch-life that gives power for prayer. We are branches of Christ, the Living Vine. We must simply live like branches, and abide in Christ, then we shall ask what we will, and it shall be done unto us.

We all know what a branch is, and what its essential characteristic. It is simply a growth of the vine, produced by it and appointed to bear fruit. It has only one reason of existence; it is there at the bidding of the vine, that through it the vine may bear and ripen its precious fruit. Just as the vine only and solely and wholly lives to produce the sap that makes the grape, so the branch has no other aim and object but this alone, to receive that sap and bear the grape. Its only work is to serve the vine, that through it the vine may do its work.

And the believer, the branch of Christ the Heavenly Vine, is it to be understood that he is as literally, as exclusively, to live only that Christ may bear fruit through him? Is it meant that a true Christian as a branch is to be just as absorbed in and devoted to the work of bearing fruit to the glory of God as Christ the Vine was on earth, and is now in heaven? This, and nothing less, is indeed what is meant. It is to such that the unlimited prayer promises of the parable are given. It is the branch-life, existing solely for the Vine, that will have the power to pray aright. With our life abiding in Him, and His words abiding, kept and obeyed, in our heart and life, transmuted into our very being, there will be the grace to pray aright, and the faith to receive the whatsoever we will.”

 

From “THE MINISTRY OF INTERCESSION A PLEA FOR MORE PRAYER”

BY THE  REV. ANDREW MURRAY WELLINGTON, S. AFRICA. 1898