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John 15:1-5 With Jesus’ Strength

posted Jun 30, 2020, 8:53 AM by Jacob Boer

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just 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. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

One of the most common mistakes many people make when it comes to fighting sin in their lives is that they think they are a lot stronger than they really are in being able to stand up against sin and temptation. People will often tell me that “God doesn’t give them more than they can handle,” whether it’s suffering or temptation, but this saying isn’t in the Bible, it’s not even correct. God often gives us more than we can handle to teach us that we need to depend on Him, on Jesus instead of ourselves. Pride knocks so many people down, but humility and turning to Jesus gives us the strength we need to get back up. Staying connected to the vine is key to fighting temptation. Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit, the Bible, the church, and faithful friends to help us stay connected, so connect to Jesus today.

Q. What does the sixth petition mean?

A. “And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one” means:

By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment. And our sworn enemies—the devil, the world, and our own flesh—never stop attacking us. And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle, but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory