How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
DAY 30: Abide In Me Lord:
JOHN 15:1-7: http://bib.ly/Jn15.1-7.NKJV
The True Vine
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
15:1-7: The vine is a symbol of Israel (Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 2:21)...In contrast to disobedient and unfruitful Israel, our Lord calls Himself the true vine, which together with the branches constitutes a new and fruitful people of YHWH (God): The Church...At Divine Liturgy, the bishop prays that the Lord will visit and confirm the vineyard, the local body of Christ, which He planted with His own right hand (Psalm 79:15-16)... To abide in this vine is to abide in Christ and His Church...The figure of the vine and the branches shows (1) our union with Christ is intimate and real; (2) life flows from the vine to the branches abiding in Christ is dynamic and vitalizing; and (3) the fruit we bear good works and mission (v.16; Matthew 17:18)...
“Blessed are You Lord our God who brings forth the fruit of the vine, because You are the True Vine...You bring forth the goodness in us all, and seal in our hearts Your precious Percepts...It is through You we find our true identity, before You, Lord I had multiple identities, but now I see when once blind, I’m found when once lost, You The Lord of my soul have given me a purpose...A reason to keep going helping others like me, all while spreading Your Holy Words…
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
My Personal Daily Prayer Book
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
YHWH, PLEASE GIVE US wisdom, and yes, courage to feel sympathy, not glee, when someone we dislike encounters trouble...Help us refrain from celebrating the misfortune of others, even when we feel that it is deserved...Instead, give us compassionate hearts so that we might faithfully follow the footsteps of Your Son…
-My Personal Daily Prayer Book
“The enemy is some sinful passion one has overcome, but he should not rejoice in the victory, nor be puffed up exalting himself...Rather, he should rejoice in wisdom, who helped him gain victory...We can do nothing against our faults without the help of YHWH (God)...And we ought not be puffed up by victories over them...lest He see your arrogant heart...and you begin to be forsaken by Him, and troubled once more by that passion, which by YHWH’s (God’s) grace you had previously overcome” (JohnCas)...”
“Make a list of your enemies of those who hate you and have done you wrong...Make a list of triggers, things that set you off throughout the day...Now Pray to our Father in Heaven and ask Him in His Son’s Name for protection throughout your day...Ask Him to guide you and give you wisdom in all things seen and unseen...Ask Him to give you the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day, and the will to turn to Him when we get overwhelmed...lastly ask Him to help you not to let those things destroy your wonderful day…
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protection. Holy Trinity, glory to You!
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen!
May YAHWEH Bless you all,
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired