This is for you who feel like you are spent. You are literally physically exhausted and mentally exhausted. You are tired. Maybe you have a lot of demands on you. I pray that it encourages you.
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 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. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
STRIVING WILL GET YOU EXHAUSTED; ABIDING WILL GET YOU REFRESHED. We would never look at a branch on the ground and say, “Produce fruit.” We would never look a branch on the ground and tell it to get up and produce a blossom or an apple. However, a lot of us are branches that are detached from the VINE, and we are expecting ourselves or other people to produce fruit from a DETACHED BRANCH!! Unless you, as the branch, deliberately CONNECT YOURSELF to the TRUE VINE OF THE LORD, you will be powerless!!!!! You will not produce what you are wanting to produce. I see so many people STRIVING: “I have to be successful. I have to make this much money. I have to make people happy. I have to make sure my children look a certain way. I have to make sure that I achieve those grades at school.” We are running around utterly mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally exhausted. It is because if Satan can get us focused on a goal rather than FOCUSED ON GOD, then he literally can detach us from the source of strength that is derived only from the Vine!!!!!
My question for you today is: are you a detached branch? If you are exhausted, if you find yourself striving but with no result and no fruit, or if you are burnt out, you are probably DETACHED from the source of nutrients which is the VINE OF THE LORD. The Vine can fuel that thing that you are striving towards, but you just haven’t chosen to INVITE HIS POWER INTO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE. Detached branches don’t bear fruit! They shrivel up and they die!! I wonder if you need to attach your branch back to the Vine of the Lord that has all the nutrients that you need; He has all the resources that you need; HE HAS ALL THE STRENGTH THAT YOU NEED!!!! How do you do that? Get in God’s Word. Turn on worship music. Let the TRUTH OF THE LORD penetrate your mind, heart, and soul!! Feed your spirit. You are probably exhausted because you have not been fed by the Word of God and YOU NEED IT.
I love you so much and I hope that this encourages you today on your path toward whatever it is that you are striving and fighting for. The strength is not found in you as the branch. It is found in the nutrients and the power of the TRUE VINE!!! The Vine can produce through you some things that you could never produce yourself.
I love you. I hope this encourages you today.