Staying Connected To Jesus

In the biblical passage John 15:4-6, it urges us to stay connected to Jesus. The image of Him as the vine and believers as the branches helps us understand that apart from Him, we can do nothing. It is possible to receive His salvation yet still act out of the flesh, distracted or separated from His direction and power. All believers find their focus wandering at times, but some have strayed so far that it’s hard to see their way back.

If you discover your heart is loyal to something besides Christ, it’s vital to acknowledge that this has happened. Identify which attitudes or activities are drawing you away from Him. Then repent and get whatever help is necessary to set aside diversions, insecurity, worldly desires, or anything else that draws your attention away from the Lord.

Once the distraction is gone, refocus on Jesus by reading the Word, praying, learning from biblical messages, and spending time with godly friends who will encourage you. After living outside of God’s best for a while, it can be hard to discipline yourself to function as the Lord desires. But remember that those who abide in God will bear much fruit (John 15:5).

Don’t delay. As Hebrews 12:1 urges, “lay aside every encumbrance” so you can run with endurance the race set before you. Acknowledge anything that is keeping you from living passionately and fully for Jesus Christ. Following His plan—in His strength—is the way to peace, joy, and contentment in life. Ask for His help and commit to action. There is nothing like living fully for God.


Are You Living Your Life In A Pit?

Do you feel like you are living in a deep pit? You know those days where you don’t feel great mentally, emotionally or physically. As you look around all you see is despair. No hope for anything. Questions keep nagging you why your life is like the way it is. For some the agony is so great they’ve considered suicide. When you reach the bottom and feel like you’re living there day after day, there are steps you can take to pull yourself out.

Begin by searching for, finding and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. Life with Jesus is described in John 15: 1-11 where we are the branches connected to the vine who is Jesus. Without the life sustaining flow of love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus, our lives can be described as living in a pit.

The next and most important step, in my opinion, is to realize that you can’t do it alone. You need Jesus in your life. When you receive Jesus by having true faith you can accept the trustworthiness of God. God will provide for you in every way if you will let Him. I’ve learned over time that if I give God every situation in my life, no matter how big or small, He is faithful to see me through and out of the pit I’ve dug for myself.

The next time you find yourself in a pit, look up! God is waiting for you to lean on Him. He will provide what you need to climb out of your pit and live life happily and successfully.