John 15:5 - The 7th I AM Statement of Jesus; I AM the Vine!

John 15:5 (ESV) 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 15:5 (NLT) Yes, I am the vine; you are 
the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in 
them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me 
you can do nothing.  

John 15:5 (CEV) I am the vine, and you are 
the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I 
stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of 
fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. 

John 15:5 (MSG) 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.  


   Twenty-three times in all we find our 
Lord's meaningful "I AM" in the Greek text of this 
Gospel 4:26; 6:20, 35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12, 18, 24, 
28, 58; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 13:19; 14:6; 
15:1, 5; 18:5, 6, 8). In several of these, He 
joins His "I AM" with seven tremendous metaphors 
which are expressive of His saving relationship 
toward the world. 
   "I AM the Bread of life" (6:35, 41, 48, 
   "I AM the Light of the world" (8:12).
   "I AM the Door of the sheep" (10:7, 9).
   "I AM the Good Shepherd" (10:11, 14).
   "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" 
   "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life" 
   "I AM the true Vine" (15:1, 5). 
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


How Do I Have a Quiet Time?
   Im a new Christian who is trying to 
figure out how to grow closer to God. Friends tell 
me I need to have a quiet time with God each 
day, but I cant figure out exactly what to 
   Denalyn and I like to go to the same 
restaurants over and over again. You could call our 
dates predictable, but for us they are special. We 
like the food. We like the servers. We like the 
atmosphere. When were there, we remember special 
moments weve shared before. Our hearts open up 
 we lose track of time  because were 
comfortable in that place. We talk to each other, listen 
to each other, laugh, and cry. I love those 
   A quiet time with God is very similar to 
a date. Here are some tools to help you keep 
your very special date with God. 
   Decide on a regular time and place. 
Select a slot in your schedule and a corner of your 
world, and claim it for God. A familiar place will 
remind you of similar feelings you experienced 
before with God. You need to get comfortable. 
   How much time should you take? As much as 
you need. Value quality over quantity. Your time 
with God should last long enough for you to say 
what you want and for God to say what he wants. 
   You should bring on your date an open 
Bible - Gods Word, his love letter to you. You 
wont necessarily hear God speak out loud, but you 
can hear what he has to say through his eternal 
dialogue with humanity. 
   You also need a listening heart. Dont 
forget the admonition from James: The man who 
looks into the perfect mirror of Gods law, the 
law of liberty, and makes a habit of so doing, 
is not the man who sees and forgets. He puts 
that law into practice and he wins true 
happiness (James 1:25 Phillips). Listen to the lover 
of your soul. Dont just nod your head, 
pretending to hear. Your date knows when youre 
   So does God. Just as you wouldnt miss 
your date with a loved one, claiming you were too 
busy, make sure your date with God is on the 
calendar, and do everything in your power to keep it 
special. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

Practicing the Presence
   How do I live in Gods presence? How do 
I detect his unseen hand on my shoulder and 
his inaudible voice in my ear? A sheep grows 
familiar with the voice of the shepherd. How can you 
and I grow familiar with the voice of God? Here 
are a few ideas: 
   Give God your waking thoughts. Before you 
face the day, face the Father. Before you step 
out of bed, step into his presence. I have a 
friend who makes it a habit to roll out of his bed 
onto his knees and begin his day in prayer. 
Personally, I dont get that far. With my head still 
on the pillow and my eyes still closed, I offer 
God the first seconds of my day. The prayer is 
not lengthy and far from formal. Depending on 
how much sleep I got, it may not even be 
intelligible. Often its nothing more than Thank you 
for a nights rest. I belong to you today. 
   Give God your waiting thoughts. Spend 
time with him in silence. The mature married 
couple has learned the treasure of shared silence; 
they dont need to fill the air with constant 
chatter. Just being together is sufficient. Try being 
silent with God. Be still, and know that I am 
God (Ps. 46:10 NIV). Awareness of God is a fruit 
of stillness before God. 
   Give God your whispering thoughts. 
Through the centuries Christians have learned the 
value of brief sentence prayers, prayers that can 
be whispered anywhere, in any setting. 
   Imagine considering every moment as a 
potential time of communion with God. By giving God 
your whispering thoughts, the common becomes 
uncommon. Simple phrases such as Thank you, 
Father, Be sovereign in this hour, O Lord, 
You are my resting place, Jesus can turn a 
commute into a pilgrimage. You neednt leave your 
office or kneel in your kitchen. Just pray where 
you are. Let the kitchen become a cathedral or 
the classroom a chapel. Give God your whispering 
   And last, give God your waning thoughts. 
At the end of the day, let your mind settle on 
him. Conclude the day as you began it: talking to 
God. Thank him for the good parts. Question him 
about the hard parts. Seek his mercy. Seek his 
strength. And as you close your eyes, take assurance 
in the promise: He who watches over Israel 
will neither slumber nor sleep (Ps. 121:4 
NIV). If you fall asleep as you pray, dont 
worry. What better place to doze off than in the 
arms of your Father. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional 
at maxlucado.com] 


Four Habits to Rest in Gods Goodness
   How do you rest in Gods goodness? How 
do you experience the abundant life he has for 
   Here are four daily habits that will help 
move you from overwhelmed to overflowing. 
   1. Stay connected to Jesus every day.
   I am the vine, and you are the 
branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined 
to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. 
But you cannot do anything without me (John 
15:5 CEV). 
   If you try to go through life on your own 
power, youre going to be overwhelmed. A toaster 
cannot fulfill its purpose unless its plugged in 
to the power. You cannot fulfill your purpose 
and enjoy Gods goodness unless youre 
plugged in to his power. 
   2. Replace your complaining with 
   Do everything without complaining and 
arguing (Philippians 2:14 NLT). 
   Science has proven that complaining and 
practicing gratitude both have an impact on your 
health. Complaining is a deeply unhealthy emotion. 
On the other hand, studies have shown that 
gratitude is the healthiest emotion. It produces 
serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin in your brain - those 
are the chemicals that boost happiness and lower 
   3. Stop being stingy, and start being 
   Bring the full amount of your tithes 
to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of 
food there. Put me to the test and you will see 
that I will open the windows of heaven and pour 
out on you in abundance all kinds of good 
things (Malachi 3:10 GNT). 
   God wired a universal law into the world: 
The more you give away, the more youre going 
to get. He did that because he wants you to 
become more like him. God is a giver. Everything we 
have is the gift of Gods generosity. The more 
generous you are, the more God is going to bless you 
in every single area of your life. Your life 
will overflow! 
   4. Stop comparing, and start being 
   It is better to be content with what 
little you have. Otherwise, you will always be 
struggling for more, and that is like chasing the 
wind (Ecclesiastes 4:6 NCV). 
   Contentment is not abandoning your 
ambition. You ought to have ambition. You ought to 
make the most of what God has given you. 
Contentment doesnt mean you dont have any goals, 
dreams, or plans for your life. Contentment simply 
means you dont need more in order to be happy. 
Youre happy right now with what youve been 
given. Contentment means your happiness doesnt 
depend upon circumstances; it depends upon God, the 
Good Shepherd who has blessed you with every good 
   By nature, we are discontent. But by 
Gods grace, we can rest content in his goodness 
to us. When you grasp that most things in your 
life are simply gracious gifts from God, your 
life will go from overwhelming to overflowing. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   "I am the true vine. Isaiah once told a 
parable about Israel being a vineyard and My Father 
being disappointed in the fruit, but I want you to 
know that I am the true Israel. I came to 
represent everyone My Father has ever called to be His 
own. Everything He wanted His people to be, I am. 
You never have to worry about fruitlessness if 
you let Me live in you.  
   "That's what branches do: they sit on the 
vine. Did you really think you had to strain and 
strive to eke out some semblance of fruit? What 
would your efforts accomplish that My Father 
needs? Yes, He appreciates the heart behind your 
effort, but He appreciates even more your awareness 
that without Me, you can do nothing. When you 
rest in Me and let Me live in you, fruitfulness 
will happen. I will spill out of you and affect 
those around you. I call you to be before I ever 
urge you to do. Whatever it takes, you must learn 
to be in Me and let Me be in you.  
   "I don't want you to ask me how to do 
that. Any words I can say about 'how' will cause 
you to shift into self-effort to make it happen. 
What I'm telling you instead is simple but 
difficult. Though it isn't complicated, it goes against 
the human nature you have been steeped in since 
birth. I want you to meditate on Me by faith to 
envision My life flowing through your legs and out of 
your feet, through your arms and out of your 
hands, through your heart, into your head, and out 
of your mouth. Hold that image in your mind. 
Then go live. That's it. Trust Me and see. I am 
the life that flows through you."  
   Jesus, tune me to Your flow. Fill my mind 
and heart with a picture of Your life within me. 
And please bear much fruit for Your glory. [The 
One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen re vs. 1, 5] 


John 15:4, 5 - The Crucial and Vital 
Relationship With Christ. 



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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