John 15:4, 5 - Abiding in Jesus - Learning to Listen.
John 15:4, 5 (ESV) 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
John 15:4, 5 (MSG) Live in me. Make your
home in me just as I do in you. In the same way
that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but
only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear
fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the
Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined
with me and I with you, the relation intimate and
organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.
Separated, you can't produce a thing.
Equipped with the right tools, we can
learn to listen to God. What are those tools? Here
are the ones I have found helpful.
A regular time and place. Select a slot
on your schedule and a corner of your world,
and claim it for God. For some it may be best to
do this in the morning. Others prefer the
evening Others prefer many encounters during the
Some sit under a tree, others in the
kitchen. Maybe your commute to work or your lunch
break would be appropriate. Find a time and place
that seems right for you.
How much time should you take? As much as
you need. Value quality over length. Your time
with God should last long enough for you to say
what you want and for God to say what he wants.
Which leads us to a second tool you need - an open
God speaks to us through his Word. The
first step in reading the Bible is to ask God to
help you understand it.
Before reading the Bible, pray. Dont
go to Scripture looking for your own idea; go
searching for Gods. Read the Bible prayerfully.
Also, read the Bible carefully.
Here is a practical point. Study the
Bible a little at a time. God seems to send
messages as he did his manna: one days portion at
a time. Choose depth over quantity. Read until
a verse hits you, then stop and meditate
on it. Copy the verse onto a sheet of paper, or
write it in your journal, and reflect on it
Will I learn what God intends? If I
listen, I will.
Understanding comes a little at a time
over a lifetime.
There is a third tool for having a
productive time with God. Not only do we need a regular
time and an open Bible, we also need a listening
heart. Dont forget the admonition from James:
The man who looks into the perfect law, the law
of liberty, and makes a habit of so doing, is
not the man who hears and forgets. He puts that
law into practice and he wins true happiness
(James 1:25 Phillips).
We know we are listening to God when what
we read in the Bible is what others see in our
Paul urged his readers to put into
practice what they had learned from him. What you
have learned and received and heard and seen in
me, do (Philippians 4:9).
If you want to be just like Jesus, let
God have you. Spend time listening for him until
you receive your lesson for the day - then apply
it. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
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The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Restoring The Power by Pastor John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: