Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Not Good If Detached

The following devotional thought came from Turning Point Ministries (David Jeremiah) today and I felt it was worth passing along. Abide in the Vine today, dear friends!

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." John 15:4

Recommended Reading
John 15:1-8

After horrendous experiences in the Nazi death camps during World War II, Corrie ten Boom became a roving evangelist, taking the message of Christ to the world. In bringing her story to the United States, she frequently traveled by rail. She noticed that the train tickets were perforated in the middle. The whole ticket had to be presented to the attendant, who then separated it. In prominent letters on each ticket were the words: "Not Good if Detached."

That became the title of Corrie's book about John 15 and the reality of abiding in Christ. A branch must be connected to the vine for the sap to flow uninterrupted and for the fruit to appear. If it's severed, it withers and dies. It cannot bear fruit on its own.

Our daily connection with Christ allows the Holy Spirit to flow through us, producing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Christlike qualities come as a result of our relationship with Christ, and we become more like Him by spending time with Him in abiding fellowship in His Word and simple trust.

Are you "attached"?

Without Him, I am nothing. Like some railway tickets in America, I am "not good if detached."

~ Corrie ten Boom

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