Date: JANUARY 21


"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 15:5

There is a story about a kite that was soaring high in the sky when it saw a field of beautiful flowers some distance away. The kite wanted to go and see those beautiful flowers but it couldn't because there was a string holding it and the string wasn't long enough to let if fly where it wanted. Upset with the string holding it, the kite pulled and grumbled and tugged until if finally broke free from the string.

Happily, the kite soared for a few moments toward the field of flowers. But soon it came crashing down—falling far short of its goal. What had seemed to be holding the kite down was actually holding it up.

Christians behave like that kite. God raises them up in life and blesses their lives with so many good things. As they rise higher and higher, they see new 'fields of flowers' that attract them.

However, anytime they try to reach those 'fields of flowers,' they feel a string holding them back. That string is the Holy Spirit. In frustration, they grumble and pull until eventually they separate themselves from the control of the Holy Spirit.

For a moment, they are excited. They have no restrictions; they can go anywhere they want and do what they want. They forget that the string that took them up is the same string that restrains them.

Soon enough, they start floundering and falling. Their new 'freedom' cuts them off the source of their strength.

Without 'the string,' they are like wandering leaves. Are you like that kite? The good news is that you can come back to the 'the string' and He will take you back.

Prayer: Lord, help me to live my life within the control of Your Spirit.

Scriptural Reading: John 15:9-17

9     “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

10     If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

11     “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12     This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13     Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
14     You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

15     No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

16     You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17     These things I command you, that you love one another.