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What Happens to a Branch Without the Vine?

What Happens to a Branch Without the Vine?

I am the vineIf you want to produce fruit remember your job is to be the branch. The branch is a growth from the main stem or root of a plant. Various Hebrew words are translated as branch or shoot. The most common one can be defined as any sprout of vegetation (Gen. 19:25; Ezek. 16:7; Ps. 85:11).

Sometimes we feel like we just can’t live the Christian life—we can’t without abiding in the Vine. It’s easy to lose focus and rely on working overtime to please God through our good works and righteous behavior but the only fruit this brings is burnout.

We can’t do it in our own strength. That doesn’t mean we’re free from responsibility. We have a responsibility to submit to the Vine and the Vinedresser. The Spirit can do His work only as we yield to Him.

Christ the Vine Points to God the Vinedresser

When we are saved we are graphed into the Living Vine, Jesus Christ. Without the Vine to bring nourishing sap to the branch there can be no fruit.

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Without the Vine we cannot produce character like Christ’s – full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The branch and the Vine become one life. The Bible tells us believers over and over the riches we have available to us through Christ, who is the storehouse where God has placed all the “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:1–5).

Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:7

When we yield or surrender to Christ we abide in the Vine and no longer live for ourselves. Christ’s life flows through us and produces fruit. The Vinedresser is able to conform our thoughts and will to provide us with the strength and energy to develop Christ-like behaviors.

Is this your goal to become Christ-like? Do you want to show love, forgiveness, kindness? Then stop trying to do it on your own. Be the branch!

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. “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.(John 15:4-5)

God’s Wonderful Promises

When you submit to the Vine you have this wonderful promise “ If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”John 15:7.

Whatever you desire—not the self-centered sin-natured desires of a branch without the Vine. When the Vine conditions and controls a believer’s mind, his prayers conform to the Vinedresser’s will.

By allowing His Word to abide in us—to become part of our thinking and our standard for life —we will desire His plan, His righteousness. Be the branch and your life will be pointed in the right direction.

Branches are Weak!

Believers, like the branches of the vine, are weak, and insufficient to stand of themselves. (Matthew Henry) Apart from the work of Christ through the Holy Spirit, we cannot live the Christian life. Each of us is to yield to the Vine moment by moment, allowing Him to achieve through us the work that the Vinedresser wants accomplished in our life. (Ephesians 2:10). We maintain our communion with the Vine by praying (v. 7), obeying the Vinedresser’s commandments (v. 10), and keeping our lives clean through His Word (3–4).

What happens to a branch without the Vine?

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

Without the Vine the branch withers and dies.

A life without the Vine experiences frustration, discontent, and guilt and eventually death—permanent separation from the living Vine. There are some in our churches with unfruitful branches. They are either too immature (need to abide in the Vine to grow to produce fruit) or they are not true believers. Those that depend on religion are doing what they believe is good in their own efforts, like Cain with the wrong motivation.

By default we walk in our flesh. It is our nature to be selfish. We focus on self instead of the Vinedresser. But even then the Vinedresser gave us the ability to abide in the strength giving Vine.

Our job is to yield as explained in Galatians 2:20 explains it, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” But how do I yield? How do I be the branch?

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mat 6:33)

Seek God. “They who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing” (Psalm 34:10).

What is a good thing? The Bible defines the “good thing” very differently as the sovereignty, justice, righteousness, and love of God! Goodness is the character and being of God. God has no selfishness. Our Vinedresser is always giving—our lives, mercy, grace, love—He gives us the Vine.

Seek God though prayer and Bible study. Nothing else in life will change your life the way the living Vine will. Only through the Vine’s nourishment can we dwell and to walk in love. Love will conquer our selfishness.

Be the branch and the Vine will give you the indwelling power to be self-sacrificing, to over come sin and unbelief and produce good fruit.

For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush (Luke 6:44).


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  1. i can trace every mistake that i have ever made since my salvation to making that decision without God’s advice and leading. the results have been devastating. i have chronicled those events of 32 plus years within three true novels. the first, entitled Euclid Avenue, Our scars mean something was released this summer. the press release can be seen at eloquentbooks.com/euclidavenue.html. the book is also available at barnes & noble, books & co, books-a-million, borders, select hallmark book stores and amazon.com

  2. Angela

    Robin…I was unsure how to get ahold of you. Brain is sleepy! lol I ordered the full year 1 package in the beginning of Aug. along with the Deluxe Hebrew roots package.

    I goofed something up with my downloads. 🙁 I have Heart of Wisdom and I think all of the history one, but I do not have any of the science or any other ones that also come in ebooks on my computer.

    I am not very good with computers. :::bag on head::: I tried to re-download using the directions I received in email, but my username and password have expired.

    Could you email me with info on what I should do?

    Thank you so much! You have been an amazing tool for me on my journey in growing a deeper relationship to our Father. I am so glad that you are feeling better. (((hug)))


  3. Great article. I’m praying for you. Please update us.

  4. Very good. A friend said it to me like this, Our righteousness is but filthy rags. Who do we think we are to offer Christ our ‘works’ of righteousness? We just hand him more filthy rags. He wants to be loved and worshiped. He will guide us and we will see Him manifest in our lives naturally. It’s not something we can force to happen. That would be self. I saw you comment on David’s blog. I enjoy reading his thoughts about focusing on Christ.

  5. Steave Thomason

    It was certainly interesting for me to read the article. Thank you for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

    Best wishes

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