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Jan 6, 2019

 Edit: This scripture is in John chapter 15. It was originally listed as the wrong chapter.

Bible verse for meditation:

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.

4 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.
5 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.
6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

What does this scripture mean to you?
Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?
How does this scripture make you feel?

Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.

Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:

Jesus is the vine we grow on. We are the branches on that vine and the things we do is the fruit. A few verses before this the Father was introduced into the metaphor as the gardener that prunes branches that produce some fruit to get them to produce more. If you have faith in God that is some fruit. Even when we don’t live up to our potential, we know that God can prune us to help us improve. As he prunes us and cuts back the parts that are not helpful to us, we can provide more fruit.

The repeated command here is to abide in him and he abides in us. Abiding in him is a simple thing but challenging. We can immerse ourselves in his word. We can dedicate ourselves in prayer. Above all we can trim those thoughts inside of us that are in contrast to our faith. We can silence the lusts, desires, and weakness as we yield to God. Our goals of being more healthy, and improving our spiritual life can help move us closer to him.

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.

Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation:

Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:


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Final Question: Which of your personal goals most overlap with the Glory of God?

Final Thought:

God’s Glory is to bring fruit through us, those who believe in him. With him abiding in us we truly can bear much fruit as this scripture says. There is great overlap with the righteous goals we set for ourselves and the fruit we can bring. As we spend time in opening our hearts to him through meditations like this one, we can more fully abide with him and have more fruits. May we stay humble as we feel him pruning us and trust that with His careful hand we can bear more fruit than ever before