Keys To A Joyful Life: AbidingAugust 27, 2023
Keys To A Joyful Life
Part II – Abiding
Pastor Terry Wilcox
Life is our most precious possession and each day, each of us is either wasting, spending, or investing our lives.
God’s will is that we live “abundantly.”
Throughout history “the vine” has been a symbol of God’s people. A sculpture of a vine on the wall of Solomon’s Temple featured grape pods the size of men.
The parable is about .
KEY 1 – FRUIT BEARING
Joyful living is . The life of the vine (the Holy Spirit) produces fruit on the connected branches.
KEY 2 – ABIDING
John 15:4 NIV – “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.”
John 15:4 NKJV – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
John 15:4 TPT – “So you must remain in life – union with me, for I remain in life-union with you.”
Would you agree there’s a difference between and communion?
are action words.
Abiding in Christ is not something we or , it is something we do.
Jesus’ parable tells us two things about fruit:
- It is produced by Jesus (John 15:4)
- The goes to God. (John 15:8)
This fruit that the disciples bear is not what they do, but the life of Jesus in them. It is in His character reproduced within them and shared with others in love. This cannot come to pass without the disciple abiding in Jesus, making his home in him as Jesus makes His home in the disciple.
– Dr. Rodger Fredrïkson
Relationship with Jesus requires both:
- – God created us with the gift of .
- – Our greatest joys in life are usually about there.
Actions to abiding:
- – vines must be pruned and we must the vinedresser.
- Spend focused .
- Agree with God. (Confession and repentance.)
- Engage in intentional – communion requires more than proximity and .