Abiding in the Vine

               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, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me  you can do nothing. John 15:1-5 Ever feel like you’re hanging by a fingernail? Well at least you’re still hanging on! Jesus doesn’t want us to “just barely” be hanging on, He wants us to be firmly attached in Him but in order for this to happen we need to be resting in Him, drawing our sustenance from Him, enjoying the life-giving Spirit that flows through our being so that when we are in the midst of the storm we are not blown off. The Father desires for us to remain in Christ as He prunes off the deadness of pride, unforgiveness, anger, and as He clips away the excess of “time-robbers” to give us the room we need to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and in wisdom and understanding of His word. Just imagine the sweet abundance of fruit that will grow in you and me as we bring glory to the Father.    “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” v. 8