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The Upper Room 19th January 2024 Devotional || A Fruitful Vine

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The Upper Room 19th January 2024 Devotional || A Fruitful Vine

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 19, 2024 Message written by Joshua Sila (Nairobi, Kenya). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

TODAY’S READING
John 15:1-8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Through nature, I can learn about God.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NIV)

One sunny morning I woke up to the sounds of birds chirping. I looked out my window and saw that it was the long tendrils of my passion fruit plant that had attracted the birds. I recalled Jesus’ words in John 15:5 and meditated on the verse with curiosity, knowing that the Holy Spirit had brought it to my mind to reveal something to me.

I realized that the image of the vine in John 15:5 and my passion fruit plant have something in common — they both have winding, clinging branches that bear fruit. They don’t have trunks; they cling to nearby objects for support, and their branches grow out of the vine. In John 15:5, Jesus was making it clear to us that he supplies our needs and makes it possible for us to flourish.

In order to thrive and bear fruit, climbing plants depend on a strong central vine and require occasional pruning. Jesus is our true vine, and when we remain connected to him, we can bear much fruit. All we need to do is receive and rest in Jesus’ love. Just as a plant’s nutrients flow from the vine to its branches, God’s divine love flows from Christ to us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, as we cling to you, restore our peace and hope and remind us how much you love us. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
To bear much fruit for God

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