Walking in His Light

Walking closer with Him day by day

“Abide” (5.4.2016)

John 15:4,5 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

In yesterday’s blog post, we discussed why bearing fruit is an essential part of the Christian walk. After all, our religious experience should be more than just empty words or actions. Tangible evidence of our connection to Christ, fruit, should be found. But, now that we know it’s importance, how do we bear fruit? How do we change from barren, fruitless trees to fruitful branches?

The answer was given to us by Christ during His time here on earth: abide in Him. Abide in His word and with His Spirit. Walk with Him daily and abide in His light. Abide with Him through prayer. Stay constantly connected to Christ, for it is only through Him we can bear fruit.

Abiding in Christ is not an easy task. Our feet naturally want to wander from the paths of righteousness. But, it is definitely a worthwhile task. When we abide in Christ, we don’t just bear fruit, we bear a bountiful harvest. Today, choose to abide in Him.

“A Fruitless Tree” (5.3.2016)

Matthew 21:19 – And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

My family has quite the backyard orchard. At over 30 trees, we are quickly approaching the size of a small farm. None of our trees are more infamous than the first tree we ever planted, a nectarine tree purchased about three years ago. It was a large tree when we bought it, and it has continued to grow throughout the years. But, it has never produced fruit. This 5-6-year-old tree, easily the largest one in the orchard, flowers every single year and passes the harvest season full of leaves and barren of fruit.

A fruitless tree in an orchard is a waste of resources. Many times we have wanted to declare this tree “good for nothing” and chop it down. If a fruit tree doesn’t produce fruit, then what good is it? Likewise, if a Christian doesn’t produce spiritual fruit what good is that person’s Christianity?

Many of us are like that nectarine tree. We seem to grow stronger in our faith. To all observers, we appear righteous and holy. But, come harvest time, we are found without fruit. Year after year we bear the leaves of outward piety, but we are barren of the spiritual fruit of true righteousness.

We haven’t cut that nectarine tree down yet. It’s still in the orchard bearing leaves, flowers, and hopefully this year, fruit. You too have this period of grace. Before the final harvest, you have the opportunity to bring forth fruit. It cannot be done in your own strength though. It is only through the Lord’s power we can bear the fruits of His Spirit.

Further Reading – Galatians 5:22,23 – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

John 15:2 – Every branch in me that bears not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

*Note* The image at the top of this post is of that infamous nectarine tree.

“The Armor of God” (5.2.2016)

Ephesians 6:12-13 – 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Too often we forget just how strong a force we wrestle with every day. We regularly fight battles against forces stronger than any earthly power. Each temptation is a fierce confrontation requiring the best weapons, protection, and spiritual support.

Such a formidable battle should not be waged lightly. Only the best spiritual armor will help us resist the strength of the devil. There is none better than the armor of God. Nothing else offers us complete and total protection. Nothing else offers us the strength to withstand. Today, put on the whole armor of God.  Avail yourself of its protection and guidance, for it is the only way we can overcome.

“Just Believe” (4.29.2016)

Acts 16:31 – And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

God has made salvation accessible to everyone and easy to obtain. In fact, it is rather simple. We are not responsible for fulfilling a list of requirements or righteous acts. We do not have to earn salvation ourselves or somehow become worthy. All we have to do is believe.

Our Heavenly Father longs for all His children to be saved. He freely offers salvation to every willing soul. Regardless of your status or situation, the offer remains the same. Do not refuse such a wonderful gift. Take God at His word; believe and be saved.

Further Reading – Romans 10:9, 10, 13 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

“He Won’t Stop Working” (4.25.2016)

Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Recently, I’ve made it my mission to attack what I consider some of my deepest character flaws. This task has not been easy, and though I know it will continue to be a difficult undertaking, I am encouraged by God’s faithfulness. At the end of a day, I can look back and see how far God has brought me; I am definitely not where I started. When I came to Him for help, He responded immediately, and I am stronger now than I have ever been. And, despite having a long way still to go, I am not disheartened. My Lord has promised not to leave me until He completes the work He has begun in me.

This does not only apply to me. The moment you decide you want a change in your character, the Lord will begin to work with you, leading you in the paths of holiness. Every day He will walk with you through your temptations and trials and teach you how to overcome. His Spirit will guide you in the truth and cause you to bear fruits of righteousness. God has never left a task unfinished, and He won’t stop working in your heart until you are like Him.

Further Reading – Genesis 28:15 – …for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

“My Help Comes From The Lord”

2 Kings 6:25-27 – 25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver. 26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. 27 And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?

The Samarians were facing seemingly imminent death. They were under siege with hardly any food inside and no way of sending for more supplies or help. It is not unreasonable then, that this woman cried out to the king for help.

The king had only one piece of advice: if the Lord did not help her, there would be no help from anywhere else. There would be no help from the winepress, no help in power or possessions; no one but the Lord could save her.

This is also true for us. Our help can only be found in the Lord; there is no need to search for it elsewhere. Help cannot be found in physics, priests, or pastors. It cannot be found in position or power. It can only be found of the Lord. Go to Him for your help. Trust His power. He has never failed His children yet.

Further Reading – Psalm 121:2 – My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

“Spiritual Eyes” (4.20.2016)

2 Kings 6:15-17 – 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, “Alas, my master! How shall we do?” 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

When faced with a great multitude of enemy soldiers, Elisha’s servant became worried and afraid. It seems like a logical response, right? They were surrounded by soldiers who were on a mission to find and kill Elisha. But, the servant only saw half of the story. They were surrounded, but not only by enemy forces. Horses and chariots of fire joined a whole host of angels in outnumbering the enemy. Suddenly, his worry and fear is unnecessary and illogical. But, he could not have known the spiritual help all around him. His lack of spiritual vision prevented him from seeing the whole picture.

Sometimes our eyes blind us too. With our earthly eyes, we see only the danger, and our situation looks hopeless. But, just like He did for Elisha, God dispatches angels to ensure the welfare of His children. Many times, they work silently, saving us without us even realizing the danger.

The next time you feel threatened by a hopeless situation do not give in to the feelings of worry and fear. Remember, just beyond your field of vision, a heavenly host lies ready to come to your aid.

Further Reading – Psalm 34:7 – The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.

(4.19.2016)

I want to apologize for not posting a devotional today. Today was one of those taxing, trying days that help to refine and shape us into the Potter’s image. I do plan on posting a devotional tomorrow, and I want to thank you all for supporting the blog and reading the devotionals. I pray we all will continue to walk in His light.

“Excuses, Excuses”

There always seems to be a reason as to why we can’t serve the Lord. Making time to study the Bible always seems to take a backseat to all of the other demands in our lives. It’s always too early to get up and pray or we don’t have enough time, though we often sacrifice our schedules willingly for school or work. We go the extra mile for almost every aspect of our lives. We’re willing to sacrifice for success, education, or fitness. But, somehow, we’re full of excuses when it comes to serving the Lord. Strange how we never make excuses or reasons as to why must serve Him.

The time for excuses is over. It’s time to serve the Lord.

“Examine Yourself” (4.17.2016)

2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

Not one day should pass without careful inspection of our spiritual condition. Daily we should examine our hearts, marking our growth in the Lord, and recognizing areas for improvement. This self-study motivates us to address our defects of character and encourages us as we realize just how much work the Lord has done and continues to do in us.

Do not fail to examine your spiritual walk and talk stock of your heart. At the beginning of this new week, see where you need to improve and enlist the Lord’s help in those areas. Jesus’ coming is very near, even at the door. Do not let your heart be found unready.

 

*Picture provided by diveofficer on Flickr via Creative Commons*

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