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The Abide-Factor: john 15.7
The key passage I want to look at today is from John, Chapter 15. John 15:1–10 (NIV)
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
Jesus used the illustration of the vine and the vinedresser, to explain the importance of abiding in Him…in part so that we will bear fruit, but also to explain about how that abiding in Him also will make our prayer life really powerful…Jesus used the word, “REMAIN or Abide,” SEVEN times in that short 10 verse passage…again, specifically applying to prayer, that’s why in verse 7, Jesus said:
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
This is not a promise for us to name it and claim it, but it is His promise that IF…and that’s the KEY word, IF we remain in Him…then we can ask and He will accomplish our prayer for us.
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