For Christians Only: A Spiritual Exercise

This is marked “For Christians Only” simply so that non-Christians will not waste their time on this. ALL are encouraged to try this exercise. Repeatedly. To benefit, one MUST have Faith. Faith comes from God through the Holy Spirit and connects man to Jesus Christ…. Which is what this exercise is about. This exercise comes via a recent Mini Soul Care Retreat at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Pastor Jim Ennis deserves credit, though the exercise follows and ancient format. Maybe it will help you recharge your Spiritual Battery… re-establish connection…. This is going to take some time. If you don’t have time, please put create time and space, then do it….

Read John 15:1-17. Relax. Pray that God will open your eyes Spiritually through the Holy Spirit. Re-read the passage. Think about what the text says. Re-read the passage. Relax and ponder what the passage may be saying. Meditate. Think about the themes. Think about what is happening in your life Spiritually. Pray. Just talk with God. Re-read the passage. Relax. Examine insights. Pray. Discuss what you feel with God. Re-read the passage. Relax. Meditate some more. Pray some more. Repeat….

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2015:1-17&version=ESV

John 15:1-17

English Standard Version (ESV)

I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Insights to ponder:

Jesus is the TRUE Vine.

To bear True fruit, I must be connected to the TRUE vine.

To bear True fruit, I must be pruned.

To serve my True purpose, I must bear fruit.

God loves me….

There are many other insights, if I meditate.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant[b] does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Footnotes:

  1. John 15:15 Greek bondservants
  2. John 15:15 Greek bondservant; also verse 20
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