Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me (Jn. 15:4 KJV).
Jesus commands us in the verse above to abide in Him if we are to be fruitful. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If a branch is to bear any fruit, it must remain attached to the vine. We abide by remaining, or continuing, in Christ.
We all want fruits. Healing is a fruit. Financial prosperity is a fruit. Joy is a fruit, as are righteousness, love, and peace. A Christian can be abundantly fruitful, or entirely barren, or anywhere in between.
The secret of fruitfulness in our life is given to us right here by Jesus Himself with the words, “abide in Me.” Do not bother yourself with how the healing, joy, prosperity, peace, etc. will work out. If you abide, you will see the fruits.
Abiding in Christ as described above is not the same thing as becoming a Christian. The instruction to abide is not to unbelievers, but to believers. It essentially means remaining or continuing to be where you have been placed, or continuing to walk on the road you have been put on.
When you guide your thoughts, actions, and words by the Word, you are abiding in Christ. If we are anxious, for example, we are out of the Word, for the Word clearly tells us to not be anxious. When we are bitter, we are out of the Word. When we curse, slander, hate, etc., and do things that are against the Word, we are no longer abiding in Him. We abide by surrendering to the control of the Word through which the Spirit operates in our lives.
Why does a branch need to abide in the tree to bear fruit?
APPLY THE WORD
Abide in Christ all day, every day. This is your ticket to a fruitful and flourishing life.
Ask the Spirit to help you abide in Christ every single day.
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