In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

May
02

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Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4).

The disciples were about to undergo some difficult times that would put their faith to the test.  Jesus urged them beforehand to abide (remain, stay) in Him, not to allow themselves to be tempted to leave Him.  If they would abide in Him, then He would abide in them and provide the help and strength they would need.  He would provide the vital life they needed to bear fruit, “for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (:5).  Without abiding in Him they would be dead (:6).

Your spiritual life is wholly dependent on your connection with Jesus who is the source of all life.  No matter what you may face in life, heed His admonition to the disciples and abide in Him.  If you do, be assured that He will always abide in you.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
29

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Jesus said to His disciples, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3).

Jesus had just spoken of the need to be pruned/cleaned, and then He said the disciples already were.  How?  “…because of the word which I have spoken to you.”  By listening to His word, taking it to heart, and applying it to their lives, they were able to be clean.

How can you be clean?  The same way.  “…blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Luke 11:28).

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
28

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Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2).

Consider these words from The Gospel of Belief by Merrill C. Tenney (p.227-228) – “In pruning a vine, two principles are generally observed: first, all dead wood must be ruthlessly removed; and second, the live wood must be cut back drastically. Dead wood harbors insects and disease and may cause the vine to rot, to say nothing of being unproductive and unsightly. Live wood must be trimmed back in order to prevent such heavy growth that the life of the vine goes into the wood rather than into fruit. The vineyards in the early spring look like a collection of barren, bleeding stumps; but in the fall they are filled with luxuriant purple grapes. As the farmer wields the pruning knife on his vines, so God cuts dead wood out from among His saints, and often cuts back the living wood so far that His method seems cruel. Nevertheless, from those who have suffered the most there often comes the greatest fruitfulness.”

God prunes/disciplines us because of His great love for us and to lead us to greater fruitfulness (Hebrews 12:4-11).  The next time His pruning seems like more than you care to bear, be thankful that you are alive to be pruned and not dead to be removed.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
27

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As He spoke to the disciples in the upper room, Jesus said, “Get up, let us go from here.” (John 14:31b).  Go where?  To what awaited Him.

Jesus knew the pain and agony that awaited Him.  He was trying to prepare His disciples for the challenge it was going to bring to them.  While He continued talking to them on the way, the time for talking about it had almost come to an end.  Now the time had come to get up and go face it.

Challenges and difficulties are awaiting you in your life.  You can only talk about and prepare for them for so long.  Finally you must have the courage to do as Jesus did and get up and go.  Remember, it is not until you get up and go face them that with the Lord’s help you can overcome them.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
26

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Jesus said, “but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” (John 14:31a).

Jesus had already told the disciples to demonstrate their love by their obedience (:15, 21, 23), and He put this principle to practice in His own life.  He had been demonstrating all along His love for the Father by doing exactly what the Father commanded Him to do, and He was about to perform the ultimate example of it by going to the cross.  “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8).  There is no room for doubting in the slightest that Jesus loved the Father – simply look at what He did in obedience to Him.

Let the world know that you love the Father as well.  Do exactly what He has commanded you.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
25

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Jesus said, “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;” (John 14:30).

Jesus could say that Satan had nothing in Him, “no hold on Me” (NIV).  It was not for lack of effort on Satan’s part, for Jesus “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15).  Satan tried everything and ended up with nothing.

What does Satan have in your life?  What hold does he have on you?  Whatever it is get rid of it.  “…lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles…” (Hebrews 12:1).  “…do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:27) so that you can say with Jesus that he has nothing in you either.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
22

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Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you;…These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.” (John 14:27; 16:33a).

If anyone can give peace, then surely it is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  His disciples were about to go through an incredibly difficult time, but He gave them such peace that they were able to rejoice when beaten and sleep while awaiting death (Acts 5:40-42; 12:1-6; 16:22-25).

Do you have that kind of peace in your life?  If not you can.  God offers you peace “which surpasses all comprehension” and “will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).  Make the Prince of Peace the prince of your life, and His peace will be yours.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
21

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Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15, 23).

Almost anyone other than an atheist would say they love Jesus, but Jesus said our action is what really says if we love Him or not.  If you are not keeping His commandments, then don’t even bother saying you love Him.

What if you don’t love Him?  Then get to know Him.  John wrote, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3).  When you come to know Jesus and all that He has done for you, you cannot help but love Him and want to obey Him.  Knowledge leads to love which leads to obedience.

If your lack of obedience is demonstrating a lack of love, then open His word and get to know Him all over again.  That loving feeling will return, and obedience will follow.

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
18

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Jesus said, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.” (John 14:11).

Jesus wanted His disciples to believe Him simply because He said something, but this did not mean He did not offer them evidence to support what He said.  The works should remove all doubt.  The same applies today.  As one commentator put it, “Christianity is a reasonable religion. Jesus did not demand faith apart from evidence.”

John recorded the miraculous works of Jesus as your evidence “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (20:31).  Are you struggling to accept His words?  “Believe because of the works.”

Have a great day in His word!

Apr
15

 

Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. …Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:1, 27b).

Do not be troubled?  In light of all the negative things He was telling them were going to happen and what they would witness in the next few hours how could Jesus tell them to not let their heart be troubled?  Because God was in control.  If they would simply believe in Him and the positive things Jesus was telling them all would be well.  There was no need to be troubled.

Paul made a similar statement when he wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything,…” (Philippians 4:6).  Really?  How do you avoid being anxious about anything when you feel overwhelmed by everything?  Pray: “…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  Remember God is in control, and He “will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (:7).

Don’t let your heart be troubled; let it be guarded.

Have a great day in His word!

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