Sunday, February 11, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
SECRETS OF THE VINE: Principles of Abiding
KEY PASSAGE: John 15:1-8 (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.
MY PERSONAL ABIDING JOURNEY
> Get up early to spend time with God in His Word.
> Begin to write things down in a spiritual journal.
> Learn to pray, fast and seek Him until I have found Him, until He is my friend.
THE PERSON OF ABIDING
1. DOING IT OUR WAY
2. GOD DOESN’T LIKE ME!
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
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 BARRIERSTO ABIDING
1. ABIDING IS BASED ON FEELINGS
2. 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?