Apart From Me

The Sacramental Life - Day 333 - John 15-5-8 - Apart From Me - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 333 – John 15-5-8 – Apart From Me – Growing As Disciples

“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.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 (NIV)

Nothing

That is what I can do apart from you. What can you do apart from me? I can do nothing apart from you. It took you quite a while to come to that realization. You proudly protested and pointed to achievements you accomplished by yourself, without my help. Yes, I did. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening, ask away. What will your accomplishments, done without my help look like in light of eternity? Will they stand the test of time? Will they have value that will last forever? Forever is a very long time. No, I would say that it would be impossible for me to accomplish something of eternal significance without your help. The best trophies and highest accolades I have secured will amount to nothing, in light of eternity. Already in my short life my best trophies have quickly made their way to the dumpster. Most of my highest accolades are already mostly a distant and forgotten memory. It is very good that you have this understanding.

I have many more questions to ask you. You have my full attention. Will you be satisfied with living a life that accomplishes nothing of eternal value? Will you feel good about living a life that did not store up any treasure in heaven with me? One day, from heaven, wouldn’t you like to be able to look back over your life, with me, knowing that you remained vitally connected to me, so that you could bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Won’t you be exceedingly glad to know that there will be people in heaven because you allowed me to work in and through your life? Won’t you be filled with joy knowing that you stored up treasure in heaven with me? By treasure, do you mean people who have come to know and love and follow and serve you because you spoke to them through my life and ministry? That is exactly what I mean. I want nothing more than to live a life that is vitally connected to you. I want nothing more than to be powerfully used by you. I will rely on you to work in and though my life so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. And so, you shall and that will be very good.

Lord, for years I lived a life that was self-sufficient and self-reliant. I pridefully relied on myself rather than on you. I lived separated and apart from you. What a dry and barren that life was. Now, I will remain vitally connected to you. Bear fruit through my life. Amen

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And It Will Be Given You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 329 - John 15:7-8 - And It Will Be Given You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 329 – John 15:7-8 – And It Will Be Given You – Growing As Disciples

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8 (NIV)

Remain In Me

How have you been remaining in me? How have you been allowing my words to remain in you? It is my joy to remain in you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather hear than your word speaking to me. Drawing near to you is not a duty for me. Meeting with you on a daily basis is not something on my o do list that I must check off before my day is over. I am like a thirsty soul crawling across a desert. You are like a desert oasis to me. You feed my hunger. You satisfy my thirst. You refresh my life. You fill me up when I am empty. I never tire of meeting with you. I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. In every way I want to live and demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. These all sound like prayers of yours, is that right? Yes, these are prayers of mine, but they do not come from me. Where do these prayers come from then? These are prayers that you have given me to pray. Yes, I have.

Let’s talk about these prays of yours. Say them to me again. It is my prayer that I will remain in you and your words will remain in me. It is my prayer that I will love you with all my heart and soul and mind. It is my prayer that I will know you, your will, and your ways. It is my prayer that I will hear your voice as I meet with you in your word. It is my prayer that you will fill me up and refresh my life as I enter your presence. It is my prayer that I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. It is my prayer that you will guide me to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. It is my prayer that I will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and glory. It is my prayer that the fruit that you bear through my life will demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. Do you believe that I have given you all these prayers to pray? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you have given me these prayers to pray. Do you believe that I will hear and answer all these prayers of yours? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you will hear and answer every one of these prayers. Why is that? The prayers that you give me to pray you will most certainly hear and answer. Yes, I will.

Lord, I will remain in you and allow your words to remain in me. Help me to pray prayers that are according to your will and can be heard and answered. It is the desire of my heart to be a disciple that bears and abundance of fruit for the glory of God. Amen

Key Question…  What fruit has God been able to bear through your life as you have followed and served Him?

Living It Out…  Remain in Christ and allow His words to remain in you so your prayers will be answered as you bear fruit for God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your prayers will be answered and you will bear fruit for God’s glory as you remain in Christ.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has answered your prayers, helping you to bear fruit for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you remain in Christ and His words remain in you so you can pray and bear fruit for God the Father’s glory.

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If My Words Remain In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- God's Word - John 15:7 - If My Words Remain In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- God’s Word – John 15:7 – If My Words Remain In You – Growing As Disciples

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7 (NIV)

Vitally Connected

Will you remain in me? Will you allow my words to remain in you? Those are two very important questions. You must not take them lightly or pass over them quickly. I want to you to deeply consider these questions. Why is that? I don’t doubt the importance of these questions. I would like you to teach me why they are vitally important. You have used a good word. What word was that? You used the word vitally. The word vitally is closely related to the word vitality. Do you want to live vitally connected to me so that your life is filled with my vitality? I want to live my life vitally connected to you. I want to live a life filled with your vitality. What would that look like? How will I know if I am vitally connected to you? How can I be certain that I am living a life filled with your vitality? Those are all very good questions.

To live your life vitally connected to me, my word must remain in you. You must let my word dwell in your richly. You must hunger and thirst for my word. You must feast on my word. You must allow my word to change your heart and transform your mind. How can I do all of that? If you meditate on my word day and night it will change your heart and transform your mind. You will know the truth of my word and it will set you free to live your life fully with and for me. My thoughts will become your thoughts. My ways will become your ways. You will know me. You will know and do my will.

You asked, “How will I know if I am vitally connected to you?” Yes, I did. As my word remains in you, your thoughts and words and deeds will come into alignment with my will and my ways. You will think thoughts, speak words, and do deeds that are consistent with my word. You will be made able to pray prayers that I will hear and answer. You will want what I want. You will ask for my will to be accomplished. You want to bear much fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I will hear and answer your prayers. I will bear much fruit through your life. That is how you will know that you are vitally connected to me. That is how you and everyone else will know that you are truly one of my disciples. This is how you will know for certain that you are vitally connected to me. That is the prayer of my heart. This is what I want. That is very good. That is what I will give to you. I will hear and answer your prayer.

Lord, help me to remain in you and your word. Fill my heart and mind and soul with your word. Teach me how to live and pray according to your purposes and plans. Show me what to ask for in prayer. I trust you will hear and answer my prayers to you. Amen

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Remains In Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 70 - John 15:5-8 - Remain In Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 70 – John 15:5-8 – Remains In Me – Growing As Disciples

“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.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 (NIV)  

Vitally Connected 

I am like a vine. You are like a branch. It is your role to be vitally connected to me. How does that sound to you? Is my illustration clear enough to you? Yes, I understand exactly what you are saying to me. What am I saying to you? I am meant to live in an intimate relationship with you. How will you live in an intimate relationship with me? I will draw near to you. I will quiet myself before you. I will listen to all that you have to say to me. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I will allow you to guide the entire course of my life. My heart and mind and life will be entirely focused on you. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in service. I will allow you to form the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. I will be fully devoted to loving and following and serving you. I will have my eyes on you as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.

What will happen to you as you remain vitally connected to me? Beyond, what I have already mentioned? Yes, beyond what you have already mentioned. You will make me to be a witness for you in the world. Your life will be lived out through my life. Your light will shine through me in the darkness of this world. You will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom. You will allow me to bring glory to your name. Yes, your life will bear an abundance of fruit as you remain vitally connected to me. Bearing fruit for me will be a sure sign to the world that you truly are one of my disciples. What else? You will make me able to pray prayers that you will hear and answer, as I remain vitally connected to you. Yes, I will. Why is that? As I remain vitally connected to you, I will know your will and walk in your ways. Prayers will be in my heart and mind, and on my lips that are according to your will, as I remain vitally connected to you. That is good. That is right. That is true. Thank you. Lord. 

Lord, I know that apart from you I can do nothing of lasting and eternal value. My efforts will amount to nothing. Help me to remain vitally connected to you. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom. Help me to pray prayers that can be heard and answered. Ame

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Ask Whatever You Wish

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 261 - John 15:5-8- Ask Whatever You Wish - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 261 – John 15:5-8- Ask Whatever You Wish – Growing As Disciples

“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. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 (NIV)  

Vitally Connected

I want to remain vitally connected to you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I don’t want to wander away from you. I don’t want to run ahead of you. I don’t want to lag behind you. This is a good desire you have in your heart. It is far more than a desire in my heart. Yes, I know, tell me about it. This is the prayer of my life. Yes, it is. Do you believe that I will hear and answer this desire and prayer of yours? Without a doubt, you will hear and answer this desire and prayer of mine. Why do you say that? How can you be so sure? I know where this desire and prayer came from. You do? Yes, I do. Tell me more. You put the desire to know you in me. You gave me this passion to want to live in an intimate relationship with you. It was you who drew me to yourself when I was walking on the road that led away from you. You pursued me. You would not let me go. You would not let me live a life without you. No, I would not. So now, I am positive that we both want the same thing. What’s that? You want me to know you. You want to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, I want all of these things for you. I want them as well. So, I would say that you are the giver of this desire and prayer of mine. It is you who placed this prayer in my heart and mind. It is you who has put this prayer on my lips. You who are the giver of prayers are also the granter of prayers. Yes, I am. You are correct, in not doubting that I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. You will remain vitally connected to me. You will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. I will hear and answer your prayers as you remain vitally connected to me. Be sure of this, I have many more prayers to give and grant to you as you love, follow and serve me. Thank you, Lord. I will pray the prayers that you give me to pray as I remain vitally connected to you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I want to remain vitally connected to you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you throughout my life. Help me to remain in you so my life will bear abundant fruit and bring glory to God. Guide and grant, hear and answer my prayers to you. Amen

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It Will Be Given You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – John 15:7-8 – It Will Be Given You – Growing As Disciples

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8 (NIV) 

Remain In Me           

How have you been remaining in me? How have you been allowing my words to remain in you? It is my joy to remain in you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather hear than your word speaking to me. Drawing near to you is not a duty for me. Meeting with you on a daily basis is not something on my to do list that I must check off before my day is over. I am like a thirsty soul crawling across a desert. You are like a desert oasis to me. You feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst. You refresh my life. You fill me up when I am empty. I never tire of meeting with you. I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. In every way I want to live and demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. These all sound like prayers of yours, is that right? Yes, these are prayers of mine, but they do not come from me. Where do these prayers come from then? These are prayers that you have given me to pray. Yes, I have.

Let talk about these prays of yours. Say them to me again. It is my prayer that I will remain in you and your words will remain in me. It is my prayer that I will love you with all my heart and soul and mind. It is my prayer that I will know you, your will and your ways. It is my prayer that I will hear your voice as I meet with you in your word. It is my prayer that you will fill me up and refresh my life as I meet with you in your presence. It is my prayer that I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. It is my prayer that you will guide me to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. It is my prayer that I will bear an abundance of fruit through my life for your kingdom and your glory. It is my prayer that the fruit that you bear through my life will demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. Do you believe that I have given you all these prayers to pray? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you have given me these prayers to pray. Do you believe that I will hear and answer all these prayers of yours? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you will hear and answer every one of these prayers. Why is that? The prayers that you give me to pray you will most certainly hear and answer. Yes, I will.

Lord, I will remain in you and allow your words to remain in me. Help me to pray prayers that are according to your will and can be heard and answered. It is the desire of my heart to be a disciple that bears and abundance of fruit for the glory of God. Amen

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Remain In Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - John 15:7 - Remain In Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – John 15:7 – Remain In Me – Growing As Disciples

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7 (NIV)

Hear And Answer

Would you like to pray prayers that are according to my will and ways? Would you like to pray prayers that I will hear and answer? Yes, I want to pray prayers that are according to your will and ways. Yes, I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. How can I know that I am praying prayers that are according to your will and your ways? How will I know if I am praying prayers that you will hear and answer? Those are very good questions. If you remain in me and my words remain in you then you will be able to pray prayers that are according to my will, that I will hear and answer.

Your answer leads me to two more questions. How can I remain in you? How can your words remain in me? I think you know the answer to both of your questions. Tell me what you think. If I want to remain in you I will live in an intimate, vital and connected relationship with you. I will walk with you throughout my life. I will live in constant fellowship with you. My life of prayer will consist of one long dialogue with you. I will listen to your voice. I will treasure your words. I will put into practice all that you teach me. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will live my life fully and completely with and for you. That’s right.

How will you make sure that my words are abiding in you? How will you make sure that you are living in an intimate and vital relationship with me? I will set aside a time and a place to meet with you every day so that I can hear from you. I will withdraw from the busyness and noise of life so that I can meet with you in your word. I will hide your word in my heart. I will allow your word to change the thoughts of my mind and the prayers of my heart. In every way, I will allow your word to guide and guide my life. I know that you will give me your thoughts to think. I know that you will give me prayers to pray. You will teach me to pray according to your will and ways. You will guide me to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. Yes, I will.

Lord, I will remain in you and allow your words to remain in me. Use your word to guide the thoughts of my mind and the prayers of my heart. Help me to pray prayers that are according to your will so that they can be heard and answered. Amen 

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