John 15: 1 -7
We come to Christ and are saved - by abiding we grow into mature Christians - become fruitful.
John 8: 31-32
We do not know all the truth at conversion - we learn it by abiding in Him and His word - there is a blessing in abiding.
John 15: 7
NOTICE: does not say "you will do all things" but "ye shall ask" - By PRAYER we are enabled to "do" - but before we attempt anything, we ask.
If power in prayer is the gauge of our spiritual condition - then where are we?
The lost are miserable because they are "outside" the vine - starving - no strength - drawing no substance from the vine - will dry up.
Leaf, and fruit come out of branch without any conscious effort - it's natural - Prayer should be the same result of abiding - Is It?
Two steps in climbing to power with God - Abide in me and my words abide in you.
Prayer is to spiritual life as breath is to physical life.
Fluency is not what is important - heart - feelings - remember Lk.18
John 15: 2
Pruning - notice the ones that get pruned are bearing fruit. Never give up because of the pruning.
All fruit comes from the source of the vine - our words and wisdom do not save anyone - the vine does.
A check without a signature and funds; you cannot expect to get any money - Jesus provides all things
God does not entrust His riches to just anyone - but to those who abide in Him - are you abiding?