"Remember God Loves You"
"Trinity Hill  Evangelical Free Church"

The Bible teaches us in Psalm 139 : 16

 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your
        book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet
        there was not one of them.

        When we confess our sins to God and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we immediately become a child of God and our work as a Christian begins. Doing all that God wants us to do is far more than attending church and reading the Bible; though both are very important if we intend to learn about God and how He operates. We have many other jobs and responsibilities that are required of us if we intend to please God and receive the blessings He has stored up for us.

  The Bible tells us very clearly what this means.
John 15:1 says:
                “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.


 What this means, Christ is the vine and God is the vinedresser who cares for the branches to make them fruitful. The branches are all those who claim to be followers of Christ. The fruitful branches are true believers who by their living union with Christ produce much fruit. But those who become unproductive -those who turn back from following Christ after making a superficial commitment-will be separated from the vine. Unproductive followers are as good as dead and will be cut off and tossed aside.

    John 15: 2-3 tells us:

 “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.
You are already clean
because of the word which I have spoken to you.

  Jesus makes a distinction between two kinds of pruning. (1) Separating and (2) cutting back branches. Fruitful branches are cut back to promote growth. In other words, God must sometimes discipline us to strengthen our character and faith. But branches that don’t bear fruit are cut off at the trunk because not only are they worthless, but they often infect the rest of the tree. People who won’t bear fruit for God or who try to block the efforts of God’s followers will be cut off and tossed aside.

 John 15: 4-6
tell us:

“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. I am the vine , you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into fire and they are burned. (NASB)

Abiding in Christ means (1) believing he is God’s Son, (2) receiving him as Savior and Lord, (3) doing what God says, (4) continuing to believe the gospel and (5) relating in love to the community of believers, Christ’s body.

  John 15: 7-9 continues the story:

”If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much, and prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me , I have also loved you; abide in My love." (NASB)

 When a vine bears “much fruit” God is glorified, for daily he sent the sunshine and rain to make crops grow, and constantly he nurtured each tiny plant and prepared it to blossom. What a moment of glory for the Lord of the harvest when the harvest is brought into the barn, mature and ready for use! He made it all happen! This farming analogy shows how God is glorified when people come into a right relationship with him and begin to “bear much fruit” in their lives

John 15: 10 -14
tells us:

              “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy be made full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. (NASB)

This tell us, When things are going well we feel elated. When hardships come, we sink into depression. But true joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. When our lives are intertwined with his, he will help us walk through adversity without sinking into debilitating lows and manage prosperity without moving into deceptive highs. The joy of living with Jesus Christ daily will keep us level-headed no matter how high or low our circumstances.

John 15: 15-17 says:

 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You do not choose Me but I choose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father I My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another. (NASB)

 Because Jesus Christ is Lord and Master, he should call us slaves, instead he calls us friends. How comforting and reassuring to be chosen as Christ’s friends. Because he is Lord and Master, we owe him our unqualified obedience, but most of all, Jesus asks us to obey him because we love him.  Jesus made the first choice – to love and to die for us, to invite us to live with him forever. We make the next choice – to accept or reject his offer. Without his choice, we would have no choice to make. Christians will get plenty of hatred from the world, from each other we need love and support. Do you allow small problems to get in the way of loving other believers? Jesus commands that you love them, and he will give you the strength to do it.

What does all of this mean? First we need to be a true Christian, confess our sins to God and believe that, in Christ we are saved. The fruit that I am referring to is the work that we do for God in a godly manner. Attending church, reading and studying the bible, doing good for others are all for nothing if you are not a child of God “a born again Christian”. Good works alone will never get you to heaven and it is impossible to have an intimate relationship with God Almighty. The fruit is the work we do for God and His glory only, not to make us look good to others. We must do as Jesus said, “go and make disciples of all nations and preach the gospel”.

Do what Jesus asks of you, be good Disciples and bear much fruit.

May God richly Bless You.

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