1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
All information is at our finger tips. We have no need for memory. But information alone does not transform. As the words of God take root in our souls they gain the power to transform us.
A note about the reading during this series.
The readings for Advent are focused on Scripture that inspires wonder. This includes the birth story, but it includes other great works of God that inspired awe as well.
- Monday: Hebrews 4:1-13
- Tuesday: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10
- Wednesday: Hebrews 5:11-14
- Thursday: John 12:1-11
- Friday: John 12:12-19
- Saturday: John 12:20-36
- Sunday: John 12:37-50
As you read about God, how he has revealed himself, and his ways, take a few minutes to consider these questions.
- What connects with you or stands out today?
- What does this say about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and how do you respond to that?
- How does this relate to all areas of your life–relationships, work, rest, neighborhood, etc?
Each day, prayer is focused around a word. Some suggestions are given for how you could pray, but allow the Spirit to guide you based on the word for the day as well.
Monday: Abide. Pray that the Spirit will show you the things that keep you from abiding in Jesus and that he will help you to abide through the day.
Tuesday: Grateful. Consider the things for which you are grateful and thank God for those things.
Wednesday: Proclaim. Pray for opportunities to share the hope you have in Jesus with others.
Thursday: Hope. Who needs hope right now? Pray that God will give them hope in Him.
Friday: Healing. Who needs the healing touch of God–physically, emotionally, relationally?
Saturday: Rest. Slow down and rest in the presence of God. Allow Him to guide your prayers.
To live life with someone we have to interact with them and spend time together. It is no different with God. As you connect with God remember that others are doing this with you today. It is a way we are the body of Christ together.