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(18 January 2018)


"Prove by the way you live that you have repented from your sins and turned to God… Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire."
Matthew 3:8 and 10b)

Bearing good fruit is a sign of the fact that we have turned from sin to God. But we are unable to come to God and bear good fruit without going to and through Jesus.

In John 15:4-5 Jesus said: “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the Vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”

The vine enables the branches to bear fruit. Without being connected to the vine the branch is just a dead thing. It needs to be connected to the vine to have life and the ability to bear fruit.

It is the same with us. Without Jesus, we have no life. We are spiritually dead. We are unable to do anything good because our nature is to sin. 

But when we come to Jesus, things change.

Now we are alive to God and dead to sin. Now we have a new nature – the nature of God, and we desire to do good things. Now we are connected to the Vine and He enables us to bear good fruit, and bear it in abundance.

PRAY WITH ME: Lord, help me stay connected to you so I can bear an abundance of good fruit.