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by PamFord Davis
8/24/2016 / Devotionals
When speaking as the Great Shepherd, Jesus calls His sheep by name.
As the true vine, He counsels His branches. The Father is a fruit inspector.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me (John 15:1-4 HCSB)."
I speak as one branch to another
If we were to be cut off from the vine, we'd wither up and die.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples (John 15:5-8 HCSB)."
A faithful disciple is eager to learn and follows their teacher. Jesus knows our hearts. Is there a steadfast desire to glorify the Father?
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