Sunday, February 18, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
SECRETS OF THE VINE: Principles of Abiding Continued
KEY PASSAGE: John 15:1-10 (NKJV) “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “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. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
THE PRINCIPLES OF ABIDING
1. PRINCIPLE 1: To break through to abiding, I must deepen the quality of my “devoted” time with God.
Set apart the kind of time that will build relationships.
Savor God’s Word to you.
Talk and listen to a person.
Too often we seek His hands and not His face -Greg Frizzell
Keep a written record of what God is doing in your life.
2. PRINCIPLE 2: To break through to abiding, I must broaden my devoted time—taking it from a morning appointment to an all-day attentiveness to His presence.
OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO ABIDING
1. GOD DOESN’T LIKE ME
2. ABIDING IS BASED ON FEELINGS
3. WE CAN ABIDE IN JESUS WITHOUT OBEYING HIM.
LIVE IT OUT
> What stage of fruit production are you in?
> Are there sins God needs to help you with in your life?
> How is God pruning you to make you more productive?
> How can you better abide this week in the Lord?