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Week 26

I have been made righteous through faith.

Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1

June 30 - The Life of the Vine


   To explain to people the importance of having Him in their lives, Jesus used an analogy about the vine and the branches. (See John 15:1–8.) Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches” (verse 5). He was very specific. He has given us a point of orientation in interpreting the whole picture. Jesus Himself is the vine.


   For a vine to live and bear fruit, there must be sap—a source of nutrients that flows up from the roots, through the trunk, and into the branches. If the sap does not reach the branches, however, they will wither and fail to bear fruit. The key to the life of the vine is the sap, which represents the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:10, Paul said,


If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (KJV)

   We experienced Christ’s death because of our sins. But, having experienced His death, we enter into His life because of His righteousness imputed to us through faith. (See Romans 6:6–8.) And, having His righteousness, we partake of His life. We partake of the life that flows from the roots, through the trunk of the vine, and into the branches. Paul told us in Romans 8:10 that the life is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is life.


Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice. I proclaim that the life of the vine, which is the Holy Spirit, flows in me. I have been made righteous through faith. Amen.

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Declaring God's Word

This new 365-day devotional brings individuals, married couples, and families a way to explore the truths of God's Word and instantly apply them in prayer and proclamation.

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  •  Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance with the Father.
  • I have been made righteous through faith.
  • Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil.
  • My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.
  •  Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance.
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