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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 13: Abundant Life


You see the BOOK and open it.

The RED LETTERS get your attention,

so you have to stop to read them.

And oh they jump off the pages

as they become so

ALIVE

because they go right to your tender

HEART,

bringing JESUS right next to you.

You finally grasp the meaning of

BLOOMING WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED

because JESUS comes right out and tells you~

“I am the vine; you are the branches.

The one who abides in ME, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from ME,

you can do nothing" (John 15:5).

To ABIDE~

To REMAIN IN.

To DWELL IN.

To BE PLANTED IN

the

LIVING STREAM

that

keeps you alive

to thrive

to

GROW FRUIT

that is

GOOD FRUIT

that is

EVERLASTING FRUIT

that is

yours & mine when we are attached to the right

VINE

because

you will

BLOOM

whatever you are

PLANTED IN.

Are you

PLANTED IN UNFORGIVENESS?

Oh you will

BLOOM BITTERNESS.

Are you

PLANTED IN DOUBT?

Oh you will

BLOOM DESPAIR.

Are you

PLANTED IN REJECTION?

You will BLOOM ANGER.

What are you PLANTED IN?

Are you PLANTED IN JESUS~

ABIDING IN THE ONE

who

asks you to ABIDE IN HIM

so that

you will

BLOOM

"the FRUIT of THE SPIRIT [the result of HIS presence within us]"*

HIS BLOOMING FRUIT that is~

"LOVE [unselfish concern for others],

JOY,

[inner] PEACE,

PATIENCE [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting],

KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS,

GENTLENESS, SELF CONTROL."* (Galatians 5:22-23).

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

that we can not produce on our own

no matter how hard we try to grow them on our own.

For I know that I can never grow grapes on my body

no matter how hard I try, and oh how I have tried.

But all we have to do is

ABIDE IN~

TO REMAIN IN

the

ONE who produces the possible in the impossible

as

LOVE,

JOY,

PEACE,

PATIENCE

KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS,

GENTLENESS, SELF CONTROL

are ours in every moment.

JESUS makes it so simple

as HE is never stingy on sharing HIS GIFTS~

“Live IN ME. Make your home IN ME just as I do IN you.

In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with ME" (John 15:4).

What or who are you ABIDING IN?

Oh my friend,

experience every piece of

FRUIT

that is yours

when you simply

REMAIN PLANTED IN JESUS

and

"Let your roots grow down into HIM, and let your lives be built on HIM" (Colossians 2:7)

so that you will experience ALL who JESUS IS in ALL things.

There is only one way and it begins with~

"I'LL FIX MY EYES"

(listen to the song below)


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