December 23, 2019: SOAP #3672:  (rework from 2014)  John 15-18 Scripture:    John (NIV) 15:4 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.  Observation:   Here is one of the most important keys […]

December 23, 2019: SOAP #3672:  (rework from 2014)  John 15-18

Scripture:    John (NIV) 15:4 Remain in me, as I also remainin you.  No branch can bear fruit byitself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 

Observation:   Hereis one of the most important keys to living the Christian life.  This verse gives such a simple explanationof how we are to live and such a powerful promise.  The explanation is that we must maintain aliving relationship with our Lord.  Weare to walk in an awareness of His Presence. But what a powerful promise: 'I also remain in you!' 

It is a faith walk, never forgetting, never doubting His presence. 

Application:   When Iam alone, I am not alone.  When I amdriving the car by myself, I am not alone.   If the bus is full of children, He is withme.  When the bus is empty, He is stillwith me.  When I am meeting with afriend, He is a part of that meeting also. When I am in a crowd, He is with me. In the most stressful part of my day, He is with me.  In the most restful part of my day, He iswith me.    

Prayer:   Lord, I am so thankful that my resolve toremain in you is growing.  But I am alsoso thankful that your resolve to remain in me far surpasses my resolve.  I depend on you!     Amen

Pastor Leon
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