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I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  (John 15:5)

The branch teaches a lesson of much fruitfulness….It is in the power of God through Christ that we are to bear fruit…And yet, the heavenly grapes – the grapes of the heavenly Vine – are not to be had at any price except as the child of God bears them out of his inner life in fellowship with Christ.  Except the children of God are filled with the sap of the heavenly Vine, except they are filled with the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus, they cannot bear much of the real heavenly grape….Do not confuse work and fruit.

Stand in close connection with the heavenly Vine and say: “Lord Jesus, nothing less than the sap that flows through You, nothing less than the Spirit of Your divine life is what we ask.  Lord Jesus, I pray let Your Spirit flow through me in all my work for You,”

Remember, that in order for you to bear more fruit, you just require more of Jesus in your life and heart….The life of the branch is a life of much fruit, because it is a life rooted in Christ, the living, heavenly Vine.

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