Immanuel Voices
September 13, 2019, 7:04 AM

Daily Inspiration: Connected to the Vine


John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus compares the Christian life to that of a vine and branches. The vine feeds nutrients to the branches so that they can live and be productive. The vine itself does no other work. It is up to the branches to take the energy and nutrients and do something productive with them. This is a beautiful metaphor for the church. Jesus feeds us His love, grace, strength, and Spirit. What we do with all of this is up to each of us. We can produce wonderful fruit for His pleasure or clusters of leaves for ourselves. The vine does not determine this. It is also important to note that the size of the connection between the vine and the branch determines how much of the nutrients get into the brance. We will be exploring these realities this week, and in the weeks to come consider how we can increase our connection with Christ in order to bear all the fruit we can for His glory.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, show me how to become all You want me to be and give me the strength to grow. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

“We must continually abide in the vine, so that we can keep bearing lasting fruits” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

 

Quote of the Day

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. — Robert Browning

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September 11, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Heart for God 2


Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Thought for Today

Ever lost your keys are had to look everywhere for them? You checked six times in places you already looked. You were sure they were lost forever, but you found them eventually. Today we have another amazing truth about God: He wants to be found. The search will not be easy. It will take time and effort. It is a lifelong search, but one that is worth it. For when you find God it will change everything: how you see yourself, your world, your place in time and eternity. Once you find Him you will start a new search for even more of Him. Let the search begin!

 

Prayer

Lord God, give me the patience and determination to seek You with my whole heart every day of my life starting today. When I lose focus send Your Spirit to renew my vision. For I know that the more of You I discover the more full my life will be. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one”― A.W. Tozer

 

Quote of the Day

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh



Comments

09-11-2019 at 9:46 AM
Nina B
...And there is such a joy in the journey with the Lord...one that will never end.
09-11-2019 at 7:15 AM
Bill P
911 - Never Forget! We endeavor to forgive but we certainly shall not forget!
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September 10, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Heart for God 1


2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

 

Thought for Today

One of the classic movie themes is the good woman who falls in love with a scoundrel and, because of her unconditional love, makes him want to be a better man. Have you ever wondered why that theme resonates so well generation after generation? Could it be because our hearts recognize that as the kind of love that God pours out on us? God’s love and care are not dependent upon your performance. God keeps His promises simply because that is His nature and He thinks you are worth loving even when you are the scoundrel. In response to God’s unconditional love for us our hearts love to be a better men and women. Holy living is not a condition for God’s love but the hearts natural response to it.

 

Prayer

Gracious Father, thank You for the gift of Your unconditional love. Help me to show You my gratitude by the way I live my life before You today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

God grades on the Cross not on the curve.—Adrian Rogers

 

Quote of the Day

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

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