John 15: 1-4, “I am the true vine and my Father is the Gardner. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit while every branch that bears fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.“
Jesus calls himself true vine planted by the father. He describes us as his branches, branches that are not self sufficient but survive on the strength of the vine. Father has in-grafted us in Jesus and He knows our exact position in the vine. He knows the time when we will blossom and He has assigned a portion to each one of us in the name of Jesus.
Father wants the branches to be fruitful. He is happy that the branches are in Christ, but the deepest desire of his heart is to see the branches heavily laden with fruits. He wants to fulfill the desires of our hearts by answering prayers. When we bear fruit and show ourselves to be in Christ we bear fruit and receive whatever we ask for in prayers.
Jesus says, “Remain in me and I in you”. Remaining in Christ is a process, a journey that needs our conscious effort every single day of our lives. Its a disciplined way of life that needs to be cultivated and refined. For a child of God, remaining in Christ is not an option but an essential way to live and grow in Christlikeness. To know about Jesus, His life on earth, his sacrificial death and resurrection is good, but mere knowledge will not take us anywhere unless we work hard to walk with resurrected Jesus daily.
Remaining in Christ is to remain in his name, peace, power, love, joy and word.
Remain in the name of Jesus – Jesus – The sweetest name in heaven and on earth. The blessed name!
No name has been given in heaven and on earth that brings salvation except the name of Jesus. Its the name of Jesus that brings deliverance and freedom. Its the power of the name of Jesus that protects from all evil and the deception of enemy. Its the name of Jesus that heals the sick and makes them whole. Its the name of Jesus that brings all the forces of heaven to complete submission to a child of God. Its the name of Jesus that takes over once you have said Amen to a prayer. Its the name of Jesus that is above every name. Remain in His name and know how powerful you are. When you remain in his name, the power and strength of his name flow to you, covering your name and giving you a new name. The name that father desired for you even before you came into existence. Know your new name, your new identity in Christ and remain victorious in all situations.
Remain in his peace – Remain in the peace of Christ by equipping yourself by the armour of the spirit. Be vigilant of the attacks of enemy and put the whole armour of the Holy Spirit every day. Just thinking that we are in the peace of Christ doesn’t do any good but actually walking in the peace does, which means not be perplexed and disturbed by the adverse situations that life brings to us. The moment you come across a disturbing situation, instead of discussing and sharing it with others run to the Lord to see the situation in His light. Only He can reveal the truth about a situation and prepare you to deal with it by granting His own wisdom and understanding.
Remain in his peace by offering thanks to the Lord at the end of prayers believing that whatever you have asked has been done.
Remain in his power – Remain in the power of the resurrected Christ. The power that Jesus bought on cross for a price. This power is very much needed to walk with Christ. Blessed are those who make use of this spiritual strength in their daily lives. Focus on the power of risen Lord. HE is beyond the confines of any closed doors. HE appeared to disciples when they were indoors, telling us that he has free reign on every life and has authority over any period of time. HE can move in past and bring the future blessings to you. His ways are miraculous and supernatural.
Are you looking at a closed door? Look at Jesus, the one who has the keys.
No door is closed for Him neither in this life nor in the life to come.
Remain in his love – Love the Lord much more than ever before. Look for Him, Search Him, Seek Him, Run to Him. Don’t be satisfied with what you hear about Him from others. Check the authenticity of his word by spending time with the one who is the author of your faith. Learn from the teacher by spending time in his divine presence. If you complaint about lack of time, just make an extra effort to get up early in the morning to receive fresh manna from the one who Himself is Life and Light.
Remain in his joy – The joy that a child of God experiences by spending time with the Master is a powerful weapon to destroy the army of the enemy. The joy of the Lord fills us with a unique strength that enables us to keep our hopes alive in Christ. Be filled with spiritual fervour and you will accomplish much for the Lord’s kingdom and become a blessing for many.
Remain in his word – Obedience is necessary to see the miracles of Christ in our lives. When the Lord ask you to do anything, Go in obedience for the one who has commanded you will also strengthen you to bring his word to completion. Remain in His word and let the whole world know that you are His follower.
Remain in Jesus for that is the only way to receive life in all its abundance.