If you abide in Me, and My

 words abide in you, ask whatever 

you wish, and it will be done for

 you. By this My Father is glorified, 

that you bear much fruit and so 

prove to be My disciples.

“I am the True Vine, and My Father

 is the Vinedresser. 

If the vine is not attached or is broken off... 

fruit will not be produced. 

According to Scripture...

If anyone does not abide in God he is thrown 

away like a branch and withers; and the branches

 are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

One may be able to do many things, in this world, 

apart from God such as:

acquire wealth, start a business, get an education, 

buy cars and homes... to name a few, but we truly 

believe that there is no life, true peace, joy, or 

fulfillment in our lives apart from God.

Apart from God we are like a ship abandoned

 at sea, alone and powerless, drifting along

 without rudder or oar, tossed by the strong 

currents of the wind and waves. 

True peace, joy, and fulfillment in our lives can

 only be realized...when God is God in our lives.

"Abide in Me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,

unless it abides in the vine,

neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

  Abide with me!

Fast falls the eventide; the darkness deepens: 

Lord, with me abide!

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, abide with me!

For a hundred years these words have been 

sung, or spoken, or whispered by men and

women in time of need.

The words were sung while the Titanic was sinking.

In World War I, 

Nurse Edith Cavell

repeated the hymn 

as she faced 

the firing squad.

It has often been heard in prison camps,

 and it has sounded faintly through the wreckage

of caved-in mines.

If a branch is not bearing fruit, God will take it away.

Every branch that God prunes is pruned so that it will 

bear more fruit. God also prunes us, and although, it 

can be painful, at the time, the pruning helps us to

become more fruitful. Apart from God, we are broken 

and unfulfilled.

Our humanity thrives when we 

abide in God.

 John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, 

that you bear much fruit and so prove to be

 My disciples.” 

God Himself is the Vine. We are totally dependent 

branches grafted into the Vine.

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