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 “Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches… For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

 The Christian Life is a life of Absolute dependence.  At Hampton Court there was a vine that sometimes bore a couple thousand cluster of grapes.  People were amazed at its productivity.  Later the secret was discovered.  Not too far from Hampton Court flows the River Thames. The vine had stretched its roots hundreds of yards under the ground until it came to the riverbed.  There, in all the nutrients of the river bottom, it found rich nourishment and moisture.  The roots drew the sap all the distance to the branches.

The vine had the work to do.  The branches simply had to depend upon the vine and receive what it gave.

That is exactly what Christ desires you to understand.  Christ desires that in all your work, the very foundation should be the simple acceptance that Christ must care for all.

As you depend on Him He supplies your needs by sending down the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to be dependent as you serve Him.  Day by day, hour by hour, in everything you do, simply abide before Him.  Live in the total helplessness of one who can do nothing.

Absolute dependence upon God is the secret of power at work.  You and I have nothing unless we receive it from Jesus.

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“I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him” Ephesians 3:17

The great privilege that separated Israel from other nations was this:  They had God dwelling in their midst.  He made His home in the tabernacle and the temple.  In the New Testament we see God dwelling in the heart of the believer.  Jesus said: “All those who love Me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them”  (John 14:23).  Or, as Paul says of himself, “Christ lives in me: (Galatians 2:20).

The gospel is the dispensation of the indwelling Christ.  In Ephesians 3:14-19 Paul teaches how we can experience this blessing of the Christian life.

1) I fall on my knees and pray to the Father.” The blessing must come from the Father to the praying believer.

2) “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will give you might inner strength through His Holy Spirit.”

3)I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him.”  It is in the very nature of Christ to desire to live in the heart of faith.

4)May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”

Prayerfully meditate on what Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has chosen to do.  He has chosen to make His home in our hearts!

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I wait quietly before God …. I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.’ Psalm 62:1, 5

When we in our littleness and God in His glory meet, we all understand that what God says has infinitely more worth than what a person says.  And yet our prayer so often consists of what we need that we give God no time to speak to us.

It’s a great lesson to learn that to be silent before God is the secret of true adoration. It is only as the soul bows itself before Him in honor and reverence that the heart will be opened to receive the divine impression of the nearness of God and of the working of His power.

Such worship of God is the surest way to give Him the glory that is due Him. It will lead to a blessedness that can only be found in quiet prayer.  Do not think that it is time lost.  Do not abandon it if at first it appears difficult or fruitless. Be assured that it brings you into the right relationship with God.  It opens the way to fellowship with Him.  It leads to the blessed assurance that He is looking on you in tender love and working in you with a divine power.  As you become more accustomed to it, you will experience His presence abiding with you all day long, and people will begin to sense that you have been with God.

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By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than We would ever dare to ask or hope. Ephesians 3:20

In the great prayer which Paul had just written, he had apparently reached the highest expression possible of the life to which God’s mighty power could bring the believer.  But Paul is not content.  In this doxology he rises still higher and lifts us up to give glory to God
as “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.”  Pause for a moment to consider what ‘infinitely more’ means.

Think of the words,

he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises(2 Peter 1:4).

Think of

the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.

This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead: (Ephesians 1:19-20).  With these words Paul hopes to lift our hearts to believe that God is able to do

infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.’

The power of God that works in us is nothing less than the exceeding power that raised Christ from the dead.  This should cause us to think that there is something that God will do in us that is beyond all our imagination.

As we worship Him in prayer, let us believe that the Almighty God, who is working in our hearts, is able and willing to fulfill every one of His exceeding great and precious promises.

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I am God Almighty.”  Genesis 17:1

When Abraham heard these words he fell on his face and God
spoke to him.  God filled his heart with faith in what He would
do for him.  O Christian, have you bowed in deep humility
before God until you felt that you were in living contact with
the Almighty?

Read in the Psalms how the saints of old gloried in God
and in His strength.

The Lord protect me from danger” (Psalm 27:1)

God remains the strength of my heart.” (Psalm 73:26).

Take time to appropriate these words and to adore God as
the Almighty One, your strength.

Christ taught us that salvation is the work of God and quite
impossible to humans.  When the disciples asked:  “Then who in
the world can be saved?” His answer was:  “Humanly speaking,
it is impossible.  But not with God.  Everything is possible with
God.”  (Mark 10:26-27).  If we firmly believe this, we will have
courage to believe that God is working in us all that is well-
pleasing in His sight.

Think how Paul prays for the Ephesians, that through the
enlightening of the Spirit, they might “begin to understand the
incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.
(Ephesians 1:19).  When we fully believe that the mighty power
of God is working within us, we can joyfully say, ‘God is the
strength of my life.”

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All night long I search for You.Isaiah 26:9

What is the best and most glorious thing that a man needs every day and can do every day?  Nothing less than to seek, to know, to love, and to praise God Himself.  As glorious as God is, so is the glory which begins to work in the hearts and lives of people who give themselves to live for God.

Have you learned to seek this God, to meet Him, to worship Him, to live for Him and for His glory?  It is a great step forward in the life of a Christian when we truly see this and consider fellowship with God every day as the chief end of our lives.

Take the time to ask yourself whether knowing your God and loving Him with your whole heart is the utmost desire of your heart.  You can be certain that God greatly desires that you should live in this intimate fellowship with Him.  He will, in answer to your prayer, enable you to do so.

Begin today by speaking these words to God in the stillness of your soul:

O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for You.  My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You … I follow close behind You” (Psalm 63:1 & 8).

(I) search for Him with all (my) heart” (Psalm 119:2).

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And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not. They are not part of this world any more than I am.John 17:14, 16

In His last night Jesus took pains to make clear to His disciples the impassible gulf between Him and the world and also between them and the world (John 16:16-21).  He had said of the Spirit: “The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him.” (John 14:17).  “The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don’t. I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you.” (John 15:19)

One great mark of the disciples was to be as little a part of the world as Christ was.  Christ and the disciples had become united in the cross and the Resurrection; they both belonged to another world, the kingdom of heaven.

Why is it that faith in the Holy Spirit is practiced so little by Christians? The world rules too much in the lives of Christians.  The “world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in possessions
(1 John 2:16) – all this robs the heart of its desire  for that true self-denial necessary for receiving the Holy Spirit.

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God is Light
John 1:5

The LORD is my Light
Psalm 27:1

Every morning the sun rises, and we walk in its light and perform our daily duties.  Whether we think about it or not, the light of the sun shines on us all day.  Likewise, the light of God shines on His children every morning.  But in order to enjoy the light of God’s countenance, the soul must turn to God and trust Him to let His light shine in upon it.

Just as you need the light of the sun each hour, so, too, is the heavenly light of the Father’s countenance indispensable.  If we expect the sun to rise each day and receive its light, we can also confidently count on God to let His light shine on us.  Make sure that the light of God shines on you as you commune with Him in the morning.  Then expect His light to remain with you all day long.

Remember, it is the ardent longing of your heavenly Father that you should dwell and rejoice in His light.  So, do not rest until you know that the light of His countenance and His blessing is resting on you.  Then you will experience the truth of the words:

They will walk in the light of your  presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.”  Psalm 89:15-16.

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The Lord your God will cleanse your heart…. so that you will love Him with all your heart and soul.” Deuteronomy 30:6

God greatly desires our love.  It is the nature of all love to want to be acceptable and to be accepted.  God longs to have the love of our whole heart.

How can we love God with all our heart and soul?  In the same way that we receive salvation – through faith alone.  Paul says, “I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  When we take time to wait upon God and remember how God sought to win our love through the gift of His Son, we shall realize that God has a strong longing for our love.

Our hearts are blind.  It is easy to forget that God longs for the love of His child.  Once we believe it, we will feel constrained to wait before God and ask Him to let His light shine into our hearts.  As the sun gives us its light, God is a thousand times more willing to give us the light of His love.

As we wait silently before God, we become strong in the assurance of faith.  God, who longs for our love, is almighty and will fill us with His love by the Holy Spirit.

Take time each day to love God and believe Him with firmer faith.  God will work within us, granting the desire to love Him with our whole heart.  He will enable us to prove our love by keeping His commandments.

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Sky scene. Serenity with God.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My thoughts higher than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:9

God reminds us that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high His thoughts are above ours.  They are altogether beyond the power of our comprehension.  When God laid out all His promises to Abraham, they were indeed thoughts higher than the heavens.

God tells us that we are made in His image.  By grace we are actually renewed again into that image.  As we gaze upon God’s glory in Christ, we are changed into the same image by His Spirit.  These, too, are thoughts beyond our comprehension – our minds cannot take them in.

God, by His Holy Spirit, convey to our hearts the life and the light that can make us feel at home with these thoughts dwelling in us.  But we need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if we are to enter into His mind and to have His thoughts make their home in us.  It is by faith that God will not only reveal the beauty and the glory of these thoughts but will actually work in us their divine reality.

Just think of what Paul writes: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  But as we pray God will reveal them through His Spirit.

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Devotional about despair

If we love our Christian brothers and sisters it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life.” 1 John 3:14

When the truth of God touches our hearts, we know we cannot overcome the hardness of heart and pride just by the force of our
own reason.  It is only through death to ourselves that we can pass into life.  There is no real conversion from the life of sin
until we realize that our whole nature must be parted with, but we discover that in ourselves we cannot do it.

Through this despair we lose all our life to find a new one in God.  Here faith, hope and true seeking for God are born.  But  up to this point, faith and hope and turning to God in prayer have been practiced only by obligation and method.  They are
not living qualities of a new birth until we have stopped feeling any confidence in ourselves.

We must feel within the reach of divine love.  We must feel that God created us to be a habitation of His own life and Holy Spirit.  In dealing with us, LOVE is God’s bait.  It will put its hook into the heart and make us realize that nothing is so strong, so irresistible, as divine love.

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#DailyDevotional ALONE WITH GODOne day as Jesus was alone, praying….” Luke 9:18

He went higher into the hills alone.”  John 6:15

Human beings need to be alone with God.  Our fall consisted in our being brought, through the lust of the flesh and the world, under the power of things visible and temporal.  Our restoration through salvation is meant to bring us back to the Father’s love and fellowship.

We need to be alone with God, to yield ourselves to the presence and the power of His Holiness. Christ on earth needed it.  He could not live the life of a Son here in the flesh without at times separating Himself entirely from His surroundings and being alone with God.  How much more must this be indispensable to us!

Alone with God — that is the secret of true power in prayer.  There is no true holiness, no clothing with the Holy Spirit and with power, without being alone daily with God.

When our Lord Jesus gave us the command to pray to our Father in secret, He gave us the promise that the Father would hear such prayers and mightily answer them in our life before others.  What a privilege it is to begin every morning with intimate prayer.  Let it be the one thing our hearts are set on — seeing, finding, and meeting God alone.  The time will come when you will be amazed at the thought that one could suggest five minutes were enough.

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Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches… For apart from me you can do nothing.John 15:5

The Christian Life is a life of Absolute dependence.  At Hampton Court there was a vine that sometimes bore a couple thousand cluster of grapes.  People were amazed at its productivity.  Later the secret was discovered.  Not too far from Hampton Court flows the River Thames. The vine had stretched its roots hundreds of yards under the ground until it came to the riverbed.  There, in all the nutrients of the river bottom, it found rich nourishment and moisture.  The roots drew the sap all the distance to the branches.

The vine had the work to do.  The branches simply had to depend upon the vine and receive what it gave.

That is exactly what Christ desires you to understand.  Christ desires that in all your work, the very foundation should be the simple acceptance that Christ must care for all.

As you depend on Him He supplies your needs by sending down the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to be dependent as you serve Him.  Day by day, hour by hour, in everything you do, simply abide before Him.  Live in the total helplessness of one who can do nothing.

Absolute dependence upon God is the secret of power at work.  You and I have nothing unless we receive it from Jesus.

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devotional on bearing fruit James 5:16

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16

A branch is a growth of the vine, produced to bear fruit. It has only one purpose: that through it the vine may bear and ripen its fruit.  As the vine lives to produce the sap that makes the grape, so the branch receives that sap and bears the grape.  Its work is to serve the vine so that, through the branch, the vine may do
its work.

The believer, the branch of Christ the heavenly Vine, is to live exclusively so Christ may bear fruit through him.  A true Christian is to be devoted to the work of bearing fruit to the glory of God.

With our life abiding in Him, and His words abiding and ruling in our heart, there will be grace to pray as we should and faith to receive whatever we ask.

The promises of our Lord’s farewell discourse appear to us too large to be taken literally.  We rationalize them to meet our human ideas of what we think they ought to be.  We separate them from the life of devotion to Christ’s service for which they were given.

God’s covenant is: give all and take all. One who is willing to be nothing but a branch of Christ, the Vine, will receive liberty to claim Christ’s riches in all their fullness and the wisdom and humility to use them properly.

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devotional on 1 Peter 5:10

“After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and
strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” 1 Peter 5:10

Peter picks up the theme of our being perfectly equipped in Christ with these words:  “He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”  God Himself must be the one object of our hope and trust in our work, our needs, and our desires.

Just as God is the center of the universe, the one guide that orders and controls its movements, so God must have the same place in the life of the believer.  With every new day our first thought should be: Only God can enable me this day to live as He would have me to live.

What should be our attitude towards this God?  Shouldn’t we humbly place ourselves in His hands and confess our absolute helplessness?  We must yield ourselves in childlike surrender to receive from Him the fulfillment of His promise: “The God of peace equip you with all you need for doing His will.” Hebrews 13:20.

Some of us have learned how absolutely indispensable it is to meet with God every morning in prayer and to allow Him to take charge of our life for the day.  This is exactly the point Peter is trying to get across.  In light of what this day might hold for us, our heart must rest on God and His Word to restore, support, and strengthen us.

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