John 15:5-14

5 “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. 6 Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! 8 My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. 13 And here is how to measure it-the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. 14 You are my friends if you obey me.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

These are some of the most powerful words spoken by our Lord. He clearly tells us to be connected to Him. Anyone who is not connected to Him is lost. Apart from Christ we can do nothing. Jesus not only tells us to stay connected to Him but He tells us how. His words are to remain in us. We start by reading His Word, and then we study it and remember it. We think about it and make His Word the way we live. Our lives are lived in obedience to His Word. Jesus then goes on to tell us that if His Word lives in us, we will have great joy. He didn’t tell us we would not have problems but that we would have joy. If your life is lacking a little joy today, look at your connection to Jesus Christ. Maybe you are a branch that is a little severed, or maybe you have broken away completely. You can still be grafted back to Christ by coming to Him and asking for His help. Confess your sin and turn back toward Him. The answer is here. Read the Book of John and pray, ask God for wisdom and He will give you peace. Peace that only comes from knowing that you are connected to the one true Branch of God.

Have a God Day!