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The road ahead…


“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 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. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
-John 15:4-7

Other than checking my calendar, I have no idea what this week will contain. However, the Lord has already planned certain events that, when taken as opportunities, will produce blessings. I would love to see his plan so that I might avoid missing any of it. I’d feel more prepared if God could, somehow, give me some hints as to what is on the road ahead.

Wait! There is a way! I can spend more quality time with him today and every day. By spending time with the Lord, I will be able to hear him as he reveals to me what is about to happen or just happened.

By being in his word, praying with him often throughout the day, I will be thoroughly ready and equipped for the days ahead, no matter what comes my way.

I need to be aware that he is constantly at my side so I won’t miss a thing.

Aware of him beside me, then he can get my attention. With His presence as my companion, I can be more aware, moment by moment, of whatever is to come.

I need to stay in continual communication with the Lord so he can also direct my thoughts.

My recognition and acceptance of his presence is my best plan for the day, the week, and the years ahead so as not to miss any opportunities or blessings.

The Lord has told us in his word, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).

Prayer: Lord, prepare me for each moment that is before me. I know you have many meetings and opportunities for me. May I become aware of them and take those opportunities to be there for you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Devotion: How does the Lord prepare you for each day?.

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

We Are Required to Bear Fruit.


I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. —John 15:1-2

It is necessary to remember that as God‘s field, the true vine, we have the responsibility to be obedient. For if there is no obedience, there will be no fruit to grow on that field. We are told in John 15:8 what the gardener wants: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit.” What is required is abiding or remaining in Christ.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. —John 15:4

We cannot do things our way and still abide or remain in Him. Abiding in Him means obedience. So you can see why the mystery of God’s sovereignty is not limited to His saving work. He alone makes things happen in the work of sanctification, but without my obedience there will be no sanctification. It is, as I say, a mystery.

The second aspect of the believer’s responsibility is observation of what we are within ourselves. The crops in a field are observable, are they not? What is required, therefore, is that I examine myself. Is there fruit?

If I examine myself, it means I must have objectivity about myself. It is as though I stand back and look at myself; I observe myself. And if I see something that is not right, I deal with it.

Paul calls this “judging” ourselves. He says, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment” (1 Cor. 11:31). If by the Word of God or by external chastening I judge myself, I will not have further chastening.

Yet Paul does say that when we are judged, it is chastening: “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world” (v. 32). Even when God steps in like that, it proves the person is a Christian.

Excerpted from When God Says “Well Done!” (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1993).

By R. T. KENDALL.

The Pruning-Knife.


Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. – John 15:2

Christ taught many lessons on the sin and doom of uselessness. One of His parables told of a tree that bore no fruit. The soil was good, and the tree was carefully planted and well tended; still, when the mater came at the proper season, expecting to find fruit, he found none.

Fruitlessness is cursed. The tree with nothing but leaves is made to wither. There is no place in the Lord’s kingdom for uselessness.

We must notice here that it is the fruitful branch that is pruned. The husbandman does not prune the unfruitful branch; it would do it no good. It is the true Christian that the Father chastens and causes sometimes to suffer under sore discipline.

The wicked are let alone; but in their luxuriance there is no spiritual fruit.

Another thing to be noticed here is, that the object of the Father’s pruning is that the branch may be made to bear more fruit. It seems sometimes as if the pruning were destructive; but He who holds the knife knows that what He is doing will make the vine far more luxuriant in the end, and its fruit sweeter and more luscious. The aim of God in all His pruning is greater fruitfulness.

Now the pruning, sharp, unsparing,
Scattered blossom, bleeding shoot;
Afterward the plenteous bearing
Of the Master’s pleasant fruit.

If we would but remember this when we find ourselves suffering under God’s chastening hand, it would help us to bear the pain with patience, and also to co-operate with God in His design of blessing for us. Earthly prosperity often is to the Christian like the luxuriance which the vine-dresser must cut away to save the vine’s life.

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: October 29th…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Luke 16-18 Lamentations 2:7-3:39 Philemon 1 Psalm 119:121-128

Growing in Fruitfulness.


In its simplest form, growth involves transformation. It usually comes as a result of something changing, something evolving, something expanding, something forming. Growth sometimes takes place quickly and seemingly effortlessly, due to the rapid succession of processes; but at other times it is slow and painful.

Now I don’t know what it takes for a tree to grow a fruit, but I do know that if it is anything tantamount to what it takes for a human body to grow a child in the womb, then it is a long, unhurried process. A fruit is the elaborate by-product of months, and sometimes years of growth that must first take place in the mother tree.

No tree can produce unless it has first gone through a season of personal growth and maturation, for if the tree is under-developed, then so will its by-products. Hence, fruits are an indication of the maturity and health of the source from which they sprung.

In spiritual terms, the same is true. In order for us to bear fruit, there is a process of growth that must first take place within us. There is some stretching, some crushing, some watering, and some shaping that must first occur. Every time we walk through a challenging life experience, we are exposed to an opportunity to grow in our inner man and by extension bear fruit.

To walk in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control requires first walking in maturity. Simply put, if you are underdeveloped as a believer, you will produce underdeveloped versions of the above. It is in allowing ourselves to be nurtured in the soil of God’s hands and pruned by His Spirit that we become fertile and reproductive.

The beauty of growing in God is that we become more and more like Him at each stage of our development. Thus, the only science involved in bearing spiritual fruit is the determination to continually grow in our relationship with Christ. And should we allow ourselves to grow in Him, we will inevitably become more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more forbearing, kinder, gentler, filled with goodness and self-control.

Today, determine to develop your inner man and intertwine your will with God’s until the reproductive organs of your spirit begin to bear fruit that look like Him.

Scripture of the Day: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5.

By Kerri-Ann Haye-Donawa

Four bears break into cabin; drink 100 beers.



A black bear walks into the lobby of The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico (Angel Fire Resort)A mother bear and her three cubs broke into a Norwegian cabin this week, reportedly drinking more than 100 beers, eating all the food and even knocking over a wall.

“They had a hell of a party in there,” owner Even Borthen Nilsen told The Local. “The entire cabin was destroyed.”

Nilsen says paw prints on the cabin windows and bear excrement outside the dwelling leave little doubt they were responsible. And besides, your average criminals don’t typically break down a wall when the front door will work just fine.

His mother and grandmother were first on the scene, finding the entire cabin ransacked, including a set of destroyed appliances.

“The beds and all kitchen appliances, stove, oven and cupboards and shelves were all smashed to pieces,” he said.

ABC News adds that along with the 100 beers, the family of bears also reportedly ate all of the food inside the cabin, which included chocolate spread, honey (of course) and marshmallows. You know, just the bear essentials.

And perhaps worst of all, Nilsen is worried that the family of bears might return for a follow-up engagement.

“The mother has taken her young there, thus there is no guarantee that it won’t happen to other cabins, or to our hut again,” he said.

There have been a number of recent, unexpected bear appearances. Earlier this week, a black bear walked into the lobby of a New Mexico resort. The incident was captured on the resort’s surveillance camera but the bear had backed out the same door before authorities arrived on the scene.

And back in April, a family of bears walked onto a Pennsylvania news weather set, rummaging around freely while the meteorologist hid away in a side room, continuing the broadcast.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.
By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow

Waiting on God.


To get out of a pit, it’s really not complicated.  Psalm 40:1-2 tells us the first step,

I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.

The first step in getting out of the pit of despair is to cry out to God.  He will hear your cry, and He will bring you up and out.

But His answer is not always instant.  Notice David said, I waited patiently for the Lord.  The answer to his cry wasn’t apparent for a while.  If you’ve spent a long time getting yourself into a mess, it may take some time for your deliverance.

A number of years back I went hunting with a friend.  I was to fly on a little plane into a meadow about 20 miles into the wilderness where he was going to meet me.

For a variety of reasons, I ended up being six hours late to the drop-off point.  My friend wasn’t there, so for 20 minutes the pilot of that little plane tried to convince me not to stay.  He said there were mountain lions, grizzly bears, packs of wolves…I would get eaten alive!

He finally left, and at about two in the morning I heard a noise.  It wasn’t a grizzly bear; it was my friend with the horses!

I think the devil is like that airplane pilot.  He is always trying to talk us into quitting and giving up.  But we can miss the greatest blessings in our lives when we are not patient.

Cry out to God, He will answer you.  Period!  But be prepared to exercise patience.

By Bayless Conley.

Visit the Answers with Bayless Conley website for more ways to Connect with God

We Are Required to Bear Fruit.


I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. —John 15:1-2

It is necessary to remember that as God‘s field, the true vine, we have the responsibility to be obedient.

For if there is no obedience, there will be no fruit to grow on that field.

We are told in John 15:8 what the gardener wants: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit.” What is required is abiding or remaining in Christ.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.

Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. —John 15:4

We cannot do things our way and still abide or remain in Him.

Abiding in Him means obedience.

So you can see why the mystery of God’s sovereignty is not limited to His saving work.

He alone makes things happen in the work of sanctification, but without my obedience there will be no sanctification.

It is, as I say, a mystery.

The second aspect of the believer’s responsibility is observation of what we are within ourselves.

The crops in a field are observable, are they not?.

What is required, therefore, is that I examine myself. Is there fruit?

If I examine myself, it means I must have objectivity about myself.

It is as though I stand back and look at myself; I observe myself.

And if I see something that is not right, I deal with it.

Paul calls this “judging” ourselves. He says, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment” (1 Cor. 11:31).

If by the Word of God or by external chastening I judge myself, I will not have further chastening.

Yet Paul does say that when we are judged, it is chastening: “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world” (v. 32).

Even when God steps in like that, it proves the person is a Christian.

Excerpted from When God Says “Well Done!” (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1993).

By R. T. KENDALL.

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