“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” —John 15:4–5
Abide in Me. Let My goodness flow to you. Do you think that you may do anything at all without Me? Can you in any way do a good work without Me? Yea, though it may appear good outwardly, without Me you can do nothing as you ought. For behold, I have not called you to do good works, I have called you to do My works.1
Where does fruit come from? How is it formed? I am a good and fruitful apple tree, and I call you therefore to abide as a branch upon this tree. Only My roots can pass the waters of My Spirit upward to you. It is My fruit, though you bear it on your own branch. It is My goodness, traveling up and through, and concentrating and materializing into fruit. It is My Spirit flowing through your branch into the fruit of good works.
It is not so much the fruit itself, but what it is composed of: it must be by My Spirit. How else will the world see My love? It Is not natural affection that I wish to manifest, but divine love. It is not your fruit, but Mine.2
Beloved, you cannot pick an apple from another tree and present to Me as good fruit. I have called you to do My good works, and I have called you to bear My fruit. To make good the outward appearance only, and to leave the inward composition to your own power, and to draw energies from your own tree is to bear corrupt fruit.3
Again I say, abide in Me. Without Me you can do nothing. Without Me you cannot bear the good fruits that I have called you to bear. It must be drawn from My roots, and travel in the power of My Spirit, and traverse finally into your abiding branch: only then will you truly do the works of your Father.
Dear child, likewise is this true for the fruits of sin: waters are drawn from the ground of that old land of sin—with the roots of your old life. Your iniquity travels up your branches, and lo, an evil work is brought forth from your own grounds.4 And just as you could not have imported a foreign apple into My orchard and called it good, so too is man unable to corrupt you through forcefulness of his own evil fruit; each man bears sin of his own roots, and these are not shared with another.
Where does sin and corruption come from? Is it not from that old tree of Adam?5 Murder, adultery, theft, lying: all these things are end-fruits from the same dark roots. For lo, the fruit of immorality has a traceable origin: for it draws first from the evil roots called LUST, and travels upward into a branch called OPPORTUNITY, and proceeds down the stem of TEMPTATION, where finally the dark waters and energies of sin materialize into that disgusting fruit called IMMORALITY.
My dearly beloved child, think not that one may throw into your blessed orchard an evil fruit without your consent. Man may not force you, from his own fruits of corruption, to be defiled: was such a thing grown from the roots of your own sin? Was it conceived and thought of in your own mind? Or shall he, as by forcefulness, take an apple picked from his own dark tree and attach it to your branch? Beloved, he cannot do this!
“There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.” —Mark 7:15
My precious one, if you have borne bad fruit, then repent, and I will forgive. But if one has forced himself upon you, behold, it is not your fruit! Where did such a thing come from? My child, I cannot forgive you a sin that you have not committed, yet you may be continually weighted with guilt and shame from your own self. My dear child, you are every bit clean in this matter. Beloved, I do say again, I say with My arms firmly around you in tender love: you are every bit clean!
Little one, I have called you to bear good fruit. Come here into My arms, and I will protect you, and make you a very fruitful branch. Do not let a few bad apples that have fallen unto your grounds ruin the whole orchard. When you esteem such as part of your own tree, and from your own branch, you sting yourself, and bring your mind into bondage.
My love, these stray fruits are not your own, and they cannot and need not be forgiven—for they did not proceed from your own heart. Why do you integrate another’s evil into your own beauty? Beloved, cast these things forth: I will make you whole! Let each man turn from his own sins.6
Again, come to Me in all hope and faithfulness, and abide in Me. I will make you a fruitful branch. My Spirit shall flow goodness into your branches, and comfort you with an everlasting comfort.7 I shall bring forth in you the abiding fruits of love, peace, and joy. Take courage My love, and abide in Me, for I shall never be very far from you: lo, you are a branch on My very tree!8 I have joined you unto Myself in love—we are one.
“And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; . . . And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” —Hosea 2:19–21, 23
- Matthew 7:20-23
- John 15:8
- Matthew 23:25-28
- Mark 7:21-23
- 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
- Ezekiel 18:20-23
- John 14:16-18
- Romans 11:16-23