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Topic: Vines (11/21/05)

TITLE: We are the Vine
By Debra Dotson
11/23/05


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John 15:5

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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Nina Phillips11/29/05
Amen. Good commentary. Thank you for sharing with us. God bless ya, littlelight
dub W11/30/05
Amen. Good devotional.
Sandra Petersen 12/01/05
I have read a few articles that take John 15:5 as their Scripture text, but adding the statements about your feelings at times in your life personalizes your article. I liked that touch.
A few thoughts: P. 1 The Lord is the vine, not us, and we are the branches extending from Him. I think (?) you meant that, but it didn't come out that way.
We get our equipping from the vine Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. The third and fourth paragraphs after the Scripture text contain good meditations. Your last sentence is a good conclusion, but again I would want my *branch* to be strongly connected to the *vine* Jesus. Feel free to send me a PM if you disagree. Otherwise this is very good! BTW, I'm glad you returned to the Lord! He has a purpose for giving you a writing talent. Keep on writing!
Andria Cook12/02/05
I definitely agree with Sandra's comment, that would be my only suggestion. Good job with this heart-felt message.