John 15:5-6 – Connected to Christ, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
In this world that we live, life is difficult. We strive so hard to make sense of it and often peace escapes us and life seems to be fleeting. This world is in constant deterioration and there is nothing we can do to change that or slow it down. So what’s the point? Okay so I have dug myself a very deep hole but please don’t stop reading, because God’s promises are truth and His Word is our guide that leads us to His REST.
Our creator God from the beginning has provided us the answer to all questions through the promise of a savior, the lamb that would be sacrificed for all our sins. The good news is that we don’t have control, that we are not responsible for this world and its condition, that we do not save ourselves by our own actions and thoughts, rather Jesus the Christ the living Son of the Father has kept our side of the covenant and we are made free. THIS IS GRACE because it is TRUTH (John 8:32). [Already done – no works on our part can add or take away from the cross and this act of God – We believe, or not, AND that makes the difference!]
Read Galatians 2:16 and exchange the word “in” for “of” in two places in the verse where it reads “the faith of (in) Jesus Christ”. The original text is rendered “of” later translations have changed it to be “in”. I ask that you pray and give thought to this change of the Word, meditate and wait on the Lord for understanding. How do we live in this world and not be a part of it, we stay connected to Christ through prayer, we confess to God that we fall short, we forgive others daily, we believe God’s Word, we seek God’s truth and God’s wisdom and understanding, we follow God’s leading and we pray and fast for direction, and repeat this each day.