John 15:5 “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The VINE, and you are the branches; whoever abides with ME and I in him, this one brings forth much fruit, because without ME, you can do nothing.”
The Root Cause for CHRIST!
Things are causal, dependent,
on where their ends meet…
due to factors unknown and
Thus a fire does not necessarily start just because a fresh match says it can.
So by something else driving
both “cause and effect” will Life’s match- heads be pressed to ignite…
against every sandpaper symptom of Conflict shall Hell then wage war…against CHRIST.
Though its claws spark combustion
to burn every branch, though it try Christian souls to consume;
still the Vine of the LORD shall extinguish its flames and take every last pain from our views!
Therefore! Shake off Hell’s embers which satan has cast! Rest unburnt without stain; yea, unsinged!
Absent of even a hint of its smoke, stand transformed as HIS branches which HE…grafted in!
As HIServant and your fellow branch in CHRIST,
Devotional: Christians, at our Root and in our VINE (CHRIST), are HIS branches. For the Jew, they are natural branches and for we Gentiles, we are “grafted in”.
What Joy! What blessed Hope we have because the Vine lives! He lives today!
So the Cause is CHRIST and HIS compelling and undeniable will has pressed our once “dead in our sins” branches into HIS living Vine! Life given us from death!
What better “effect” could we experience! We who were dead and unable to choose HIM save HIS loving and moving grace which grafted us into HIMSELF!
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furface of King Nebuchadnezzar (for choosing NOT to bow down to his idol) Daniel 3:16-18 But GOD appeared in the midst and rescued them! Daniel 3:26-27.
What happens to dry branches which aren’t plugged into CHRIST? What is the effect of Sin’s flames and intense heat? Is it not Death? Won’t they be burnt up?
Ah, but GOD! The greenest, surest, purest sovereign VINE not only extinguishes all flames but also pulls you out to eternal safety without even the smell of smoke on your clothes! What a mighty GOD we serve as HIS branches!
So be humbled, fellow Gentile! We have graciously been added in through no good work of our own. Such gives us clear direction to serve HIM and others relentlessly! Yes, well knowing that we are secured IN and BY HIM!
Amen and amen!