In Your Bible: John 15:1-20
Jesus told his disciples they must abide, or live, in him. This new series will highlight some of the many benefits of being in Christ.
Abide and Bear Fruit
Jesus revealed the secret of how we must live! He compared believers to branches hidden in Christ. Jesus, the vine, supplies our nourishment. The Father, the gardener, prunes the branches by the Word of Christ, in order to help believers bear good fruit.
See more of what Jesus actually said:
- I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NASB).
- If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned (John 15:6 NASB).
- This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:8 NASB).
- As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love (John 15: 9,10 NASB).
First the Apostles glorified the Father in following Jesus’ commands. Today we as disciples must do the same. This series will highlight some of the many benefits of being in Christ.
Prayer: Father, your gracious love shown through Jesus overwhelms me day by day. Selah.
In Your Bible: Psalm 150
This psalm compliments and appropriately “bookends” the first psalm. It shows what worship must have often sounded like: voices lifted up, shouting for joy, trumpets blaring, stringed instruments playing, people dancing, pipes humming, tambourines keeping rhythm, and cymbals crashing.
Worship and praise are often used together—both break out in JOY. We too can be an instrument of praise to God. As we travel through good and bad times, his praise should always be on our lips.
1 Praise the Eternal!
Praise the True God inside His temple.
Praise Him beneath massive skies, under moonlit stars and rising sun.
2 Praise Him for His powerful acts, redeeming His people.
Praise Him for His greatness that surpasses our time and understanding.
3-4 Praise Him with the blast of trumpets high into the heavens,
and praise Him with harps and lyres
and the rhythm of the tambourines skillfully played by those who love and fear the Eternal.
Praise Him with singing and dancing;
praise Him with flutes and strings of all kinds!
5 Praise Him with crashing cymbals,
loud clashing cymbals!
6 No one should be left out;
Let every man and every beast—
every creature that has the breath of the Lord—praise the Eternal!
Praise the Eternal! (The VOICE Translation)
Always Praise God
God is the life-giver. We should praise him in all circumstances. Even when we have problems and are emotionally down, praise will restore our spirit and soul. Who really is our deliverer?
Yes, praise God, whatever/whenever/wherever we are. So, Psalm 150 is right on for a blessed life. Everything that has breath—praise God. As we travel through good and bad times, his praise should always be on our lips.
Prayer: Father, I praise you in the sanctuary, at home, away, at work, (even) in the hospital, and at play. What a wonder you are. Selah.
In Your Bible: Psalm 1:1-3
Psalm One sets the stage for all the psalms. It explains that God’s Word is the foundation of a meaningful life. Here we find the general “do’s and don’ts” for a man to be blessed. The key remains: those who seek and follow God’s Word will have a fruitful life.
How blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted
by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
and its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3 NASB).
Those With Godly Character
- Meditate on God’s Word all the time
- Have new desires, pleasures, hopes, and companions
- Develop thoughts, words and actions—godly ones
Those With Ungodly Character
- Take advice from bad sources/people
- Obstruct those doing good for mankind
- Mock those doing good
The psalmist shows the benefit of developing God’s character in your life. The key remains: seek and follow God’s Word to have a fruitful life.
Prayer: Father, your Word is a lamp for my walk with you. Selah.