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John 15:1-8 (NIV)
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “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. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Choose one or two key verses from the Scripture reading in John today and do at least one of the following for your chosen verse(s).
A – Ask questions of the text (Who, what, why, where, when)
E – Emphasize certain words as you read the text over & over
I – In your own words (paraphrase one or more verses)
O – Other verses in the Bible that say the same or opposite
U – Use it; apply the truth from the text in your life
Lord, help me to continue to read Your Word, searching for Your truth and listening for Your voice. Allow Your Word to penetrate into my heart. Move me to respond to Your commands with actions. Thank You for loving me so much to prune off those things that are holding me back or blocking my view of what You have in store for me. During those pruning seasons, I ask that You help me learn Your message quickly so that I can bear fruit more abundantly for Your kingdom. Help me to live a life of generosity, honesty, contentment, personal morality and to bear good fruit. Use me for Your Glory, Lord. Amen