Jesus, the Tree of Life

I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING
(John 15:5).

I have noticed that there are two separate worlds out there: the world of Truth and the world of deception.  I would be living in the world of Truth, until, suddenly, a negative thought enters my mind; I accept it, and fall into a deep pit of pain—the world of deception.  Everything is fine one moment…and utterly awful the next.  Once I have fallen into this pit of pain, nothing seems to come together for me.  Other negative thoughts start bombarding me, and soon despair enters.  Inside this dark pit lurks a different world than the one of Love, Hope, and Truth in which I was just living, a minute before.

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
(John 15:6).

Child, be aware that as soon as you receive, accept, and believe a negative, destructive belief of the OLD MAN, you enter into the world of deception, where the father-of-lies rules.  Here, there is no Truth, but only doom, damnation, and despair. Here, you wither away very quickly.

Stay in Me, Child. Do not follow the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies into deception. Remain in Me—the Truth, the Way, and the Life—and you will bear much fruit.

JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME
(John 14:6).

May you stay connected to the Tree of Life, at all times.  Consider the Perfect Father to be the root of the tree…and Jesus, the trunk…and you, the branch.  When you are sad, invite the Hope of the Lord Jesus into your sadness.  When you are mad, invite the Love of the Lord Jesus into your madness.  When you are bad, invite the saving Power of the Redeemer into your badness. Know that in this Tree of Life is available all the sap—Power, Hope, and Love—that you will ever need to live and stay in the world of Truth.

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being my Vine! Help me to understand that Your Truth is only one belief away, and that as soon as I am disconnected from your Truth, I am connected to a lie, and as soon as I am disconnected from the lie, I am connected to Your Truth.

Keep me connected to You, Lord God, My Vine—my Way, my Life, and my Truth.

Maintain an Awareness

We have all eaten from the fruit of deception—believing and accepting negative, destructive beliefs about ourselves, God, and others that are not true.

The Two Counsels

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