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Topic: Vines (11/21/05)
TITLE: We are the Vine
By Debra Dotson
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5"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.Ē
We are truly the vine from which the Lord has been our branch. How many times in life have you felt all alone? Like you were the only one feeling a certain way?
I have felt this way many times in my life. It wasnít until I read this passage did I realize that I am truly the Lordís vine stretching throughout the earth, here to be a light for many who are still in the dark. From my vine, fruit will blossom. That only happens though when I tend to it.
What does that mean, tend to it? Well, for many of us it means different things. For me personally, it means regular church attendance, small group studies and basically being a true Christian in the sense that I maintain a good heart. The Lord doesnít care about all the outside stuff, like looks, prosperity, or good deeds, He looks at the heart. I want my heart to be right with Him, so that I can be a true vine with fruit flowering all over the place.
I want my vine to be directly connected to the Lordís branch at all times. I tried to cut my vine not to long ago and run from the Lord. But thank you Jesus, He never cut His end. He rescued me once again from the pit of evil and gave me another stronger vine to hang onto.
When the glorious day comes and Jesus either returns to us or we to Him, I want my vine to be connected and strong.
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