Day 36
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He is The Vine

I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Jesus is the vine; the one from whom we get nourishment and strength. We are nothing without Him. Yet if we remain in Him (abide in Him, dwell in Him) we will bear much fruit. God did not intend for us to try to live our lives independently of Him. Instead He wants us to be connected with Him, finding our life in Him. The Bible says the fruit of God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience and self-control. A person with these qualities is a positive and beautiful person, pointing people to the love of the Father.
The fruit of God’s spirit does not come naturally. These beautiful qualities are a result of abiding in Him and allowing His presence to fill your life. Our own efforts to be good and gentle and kind easily wither, but as we abide in Christ these qualities grow to produce abundant and delicious fruit which bring nourishment to all around us. Look to Him, talk with Him, enjoy His presence throughout your day. Father thank you for Christ as the vine. Thank you for making us fruitful as we abide in Him.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 35
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He is The Way
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

Jesus is the route, the path, the road to God. He didn’t leave room for any confusion. He said that no one comes to God except through Him. In other words, there are no other ways or paths. He is The Way. One must walk down the road of Christ to come to the Father. It’s interesting that when the Jewish leaders tried to test Jesus, they came to Him saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are” (Matthew 22:16).They recognized that Jesus taught the way of God in accordance with the truth. Sadly, they did not acknowledge Him as The Way to God and The Truth.
What about you? Do you see Jesus as The Way or just a good man talking about a way? Is He just a man who speaks in accordance with the truth, or do you recognize that He embodies truth because He is truth? He is the way the way, the truth and the life.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 34
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Prepares a Place for Us

I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2 (NKJV)

Our home here on this earth is simply temporary. We have a much better place to look forward to one day. Jesus told His disciples, “In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” How wonderful to think that Jesus is preparing a place for us in the Father’s wonderful and glorious house! If Jesus is preparing it then we know it will be a beautiful place.
Are you preparing for that home or are you consumed with this one? It’s easy to allow our lives to be consumed with the here and now thinking that this is all there is, but we have something so much better to look forward to. Let us be diligent about laying up treasures there. One day our Lord will come back for us to take us to that wonderful Heavenly kingdom. Let us live with our hearts and minds set on that place!

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 33
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He is the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live.
John 11:25 (ASV)

Only God has the power to resurrect someone. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He Himself rose from the dead, and He will resurrect us from the dead as well. God alone has power over death. With Jesus’ resurrection came the hope and promise that as believers we too will have victory over death and live with Him in eternity. What a wonderful joy and reassurance to know that because Jesus is The Resurrection, we too will be resurrected one day.
Jesus also said he is The Life. He created life, He is the sustainer of life and He offers eternal life. In Him we have abundant life here on earth and a joyful anticipation of life with Him. Life is meaningless and purposeless and hopeless without Him. He is our Life. When our lives seem overwhelming or frustrating, we can look to the One who is Life for renewal and strength. Praise you Father for your victory and power over death. You are our Resurrection and our Life. We find our life in you.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 32
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He is our Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:14,15

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. We can trust His goodness as He cares for us, His beloved sheep. A good shepherd will not leave his sheep. He tenderly leads them to good pasture land, provides a place to safely rest. He walks with us through the darkest valley. He lays down his life for the sake of His sheep. In contrast, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, yet our good shepherd has come to give us life and true satisfaction.
We can experience true peace when we rest in the arms of the Shepherd. Sadly, as sheep we tend to stray and get lost. We go our own way. Yet He pursues us and brings us back to Him. We can say with David, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life.” Fellow sheep, find your fulfillment and satisfaction in the care of the Good Shepherd.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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