2016: Abide in Him

Friday, January 01, 2016

My theme for 2015 was FERVENT IN PRAYER. But I wasn't disciplined enough, and I have not progressed much. But I will press on.

For 2016, I was thinking about building my relationship closer to God. And through the watch night service that I attended lady night, I found my theme. It's ABIDE IN HIM. I would like to be near to him, in thought, speech and deed. I aim to live my life in his presence, and bear ing the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. 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. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
~ John 15:1-11

pearlie

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