Jonn 15:4-5 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
We need a vine to become branches that produce fruit. We all have a desire to increase, multiply and see the fruits of our labor. The word also tells us we will be known by our fruit and that a good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit. You can only bare the kind of fruit according to your own kind. We should be rooted and grounded in the love of our vine Jesus! When we get saved, sometimes it is hard to disconnect ourselves from our previous vine of sin. We still see fruits of anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and more because we are afraid to disconnect from that old vine. God with His everlasting love and mercy is patient with us, but His desire is to see us fully connected to Him so that we may bring forth MUCH FRUIT! Even when we are connected to Him, it is our jobs to maintain our gardens.
Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
The enemy will send foxes of temptation that will try to get us to reconnect with that old pitiful vine, but we can resist the enemy and he will flee. We have to stay strong in faith and saturated in God’s word because the shield of faith quenches the fiery darts of the enemy and the Word of God is the sword of the spirit. God has equipped us to withstand the evils of this world, but we can’t be lazy. We need to do our part.
Being connected to a sinful vine will only produce bitter fruit.
Deuteronomy 32:28-32 28For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?
31For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
We want our fruit to be sweet and satisfying not bitter and disappointing. I challenge you to check the fruit you are producing. Are there any areas that are producing bitter fruit? Examine yourself and ask God to show you the foxes. Are there places that are still connected to a vine of sin causing bitter fruit to spring forth? If so, it’s not too late to disconnect and reconnect to the vine that will make you a branch that produces the sweetest fruit that you will ever taste.
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Father, we thank You for Your word that instructs us into a life of fullness. Help us search out Your word that we may become the people that You have designed us to be. Help us to fully connect to the vine of Jesus and totally disconnect with the vine of the enemy. Show us how to guard our gardens from the foxes that will try to come spoil our vine. Make us good trees that produce good fruit. We say that we trust You and want to taste and see that You are good. Forgive us for holding on to areas that have produced bad fruit. Give us strength and faith to cut those vines so You can heal us and replace bitterness with the sweetness of Your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!