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The Upper Room Devotional 1st July 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 1st July 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 1st July 2022

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 1 July 2022The Vine that Bears Fruit By Kathryn Jones Malone (Texas, USA)

TOPIC: The Vine that Bears Fruit

Kathryn Jones Malone (Texas, USA)

TODAY’S READING

John 15:1-9

KEY VERSE: Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NRSV)

MESSAGE

When my husband and I moved to the countryside, we wanted to plant a vineyard and make small batches of wine. So we consulted a local winemaker who recommended varieties of grapes for our climate; we carefully planted the vineyard; we set out a drip line, constructed support wires, and pruned the grapevines. We worked for five years but couldn’t get anything to grow. The grapes would form and then wither in the summer heat.

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Along with the grapes, we also planted a couple of blackberry bushes. They loved the soil, the water we lavished on the vineyard, and the climate. Before long, we had rows of productive blackberry bushes. One summer we harvested 200 cups of fruit! Eventually we let their vines take over the grapes.

I realized how much life is like our vineyard. We make plans and envision a future, but often we encounter God in the unexpected — in the blackberry bushes. If we stubbornly stick to our plans, we may miss the opportunities God places in front of us.

The Upper Room Devotional 1st July 2022

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I gain perspective when I let go of my plans and look for God.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear God, thank you for your bountiful gifts. Help us to see your guiding hand at work in our lives so that we can know that you are the true vine and our source of life. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

Gardeners

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The Upper Room Devotional 1st July 2022

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO. ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

SAY THIS 1 MINUTE PRAYER

LORD JESUS, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR MY SINS, FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY INIQUITIES. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR FROM TODAY AND FOREVERMORE. COME AND BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE AND I AM WILLING TO OBEY YOUR COMMAND AND LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AS YOU HELP ME, THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME INTO YOUR FOLD. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO THEE, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD

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