Abiding in Christ

  • July 29, 2013
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Sometimes we gloss over Scripture so quickly, that we miss what it actually says. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Sometimes we gloss over Scripture so quickly, that we miss what it actually says. Like John chapter 15 where Jesus says “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.” Read that again. Is your Christian life in neutral? Or in park or reverse? You’re not exhibiting anything of Christ character? Do you live in a way that makes God embarrassed? Let John chapter 15 be a warning because the divine gardener is still in the business of cutting off branches. Look, I don’t want that! And God is merciful enough to not wish it on you either. So he gives you ice cold splashes of suffering to wake you up from your spiritual slumber. Friend, don’t complain if you feel the pruning shears: God definitely wants to keep you in the vine.

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