Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)
Merciful God, we remember that Your Son was tempted in the desert as we are, and yet He won the victory over sin. And now, because of His victory, we have hope that we too can be victorious over the temptations we face in life. There are times when we feel weak, and we do things that we should not have done, and there are times when we leave undone many things we should have done. We have failed to love You with our whole heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We try to make excuses for our actions, but there is no excuse for giving in to temptation. Lord, grant us the strength and courage we need to overcome our weaknesses so that one day we can stand before You and hear You say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” We ask these things in the Name of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Reading & Devotional
“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. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:4-5 (ESV)
I love the word abide. It connotes a deep relationship. It’s more than a casual waiting. It is to dwell with or continue on a sojourn with somebody. In today’s passage Jesus is inviting us to an intimate fellowship with Him. He wants us to abide in Him and at the same time He wants to abide in us. It is this divine symbiosis that creates God’s fruit in our life. As we abide in Him, His life force abides in us. It is His Spirit and His power that produces His fruit. Now I can understand why we would want to abide in God, but what amazes me is that God is the prime mover. It is Jesus giving the invitation. God deeply desires this kind of relationship with us. Oh that we would take His invitation and open our hearts and begin to fellowship with Him. Today, choose to abide in Christ.
Dear Jesus, help me to abide in You. Help me to earnestly fellowship with You, to spend time in Your word and soak in Your fellowship. Help me to hear Your voice and to bear Your fruit. As well, dear Jesus, please come and abide in me.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)