The Gospel from John 15:5-7: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”.
We are created by God; therefore, the only way to have a full-fledged life is to remain in a close relationship with our Creator. The paramount task in the life of a Christian is to maintain the relationship with God to the maximum level. Intimacy with God can be achieved through prayers, fasting, reading the Word of God, through growing in understanding of God, through self-education, and fulfilling one’s calling. Moreover, it is not just God, Who needs us to maintain the intimate relationship with Him, but we need to strive for it for our own sake! Even Jesus knew how important it is to maintain the relationship with His Source. “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me”, John 5:30. These words of Jesus are a good example to understand the absolute dependence of the Son on the Father.
We are created to remain in intimate relationships with God. Until the Fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, fellowship with God was that necessity, by which they lived. Adam and Eve were in constant fellowship with God. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden”, Genesis 3:8. Fellowship with God is the greatest need of man.
It is scientifically proven that there is nothing more important than to maintain relationship therefore remaining connected with your source. According to the second law of thermodynamics, energy loses its power and intensity the more it withdraws from the source. In other words, the further it is from its source, the more the energy dissipates, disperses, and dies away (entropy). This law confirms the fact that if we withdraw from the source, we automatically destroy ourselves.
We have several sources and we depend on them completely to draw our strength from them. As we read the following Scripture we see two of them: “And the Lord God formed man ofthe dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being”, Genesis 2:7.
The first source is the Spirit of God. Every man must maintain the spiritual connection to God. People who do not have personal relationship with God are going to hell. Whoever does not believe in Jesus Christ cannot inherit the eternal live. We remain in the spiritual relationship with God through prayer, fast, and the Word of God.
The second source is the nature. Since man was made from the dust, the closer he is to the earth, the water, and air, the more natural products he consumes, the healthier he is and the longer are his days.
There is another important source: But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not liveby bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”, Matthew 4:4. The third source is the word, knowledge, information. We need them to keep our emotional and mental balance. We are made of the spirit, body, and soul. The spirit is strengthened through our spiritual connection with God. Our soul is filled and perfected thanks to knowledge and information. Body is supported through proper nutrition and intimacy with nature. According to the second law of thermodynamics when a person withdraws from God, the process of spiritual death starts to take place; when a person does not move much, eats junk food – he becomes old and dies faster; when a person stops learning, does not search for new information – he dies intellectually. This is the explanation for growing old. The younger the children are, the more holy they are; it is because they are closer to the Source. For this reason people are not as sinful in the young age, in teen age. However, as they grow older (if one does not resist it), people withdraw further and further from God and become spiritually rotten. The older people become, the more they become sick and their cells start dying, etc. Their ability to take in and digest information also declines.
Our source is God. Our source is what God gave us. When we praise God, pray, communicate with God, we stop the process of spiritual death. When we go in for sports, eat the right food – the aging process slows down. When we learn, search for new knowledge, we slow down the process of mental, emotional, and intellectual degradation. You must always resist on the spiritual level to laziness and absence of desire to cling to the source.
Friends, in order to remain in good health, full of strength and energy, we have only one way – intimate fellowship with God! Wholeness is hidden in the source, in the beginning. The further we are from Him, the more problems, chaos, and estrangement we experience. The fruits of the spirit maintain spiritual, mental, and physical restoration and rejuvenation.
Let us seek the face of God, fellowship with Him, increase the time we spend with Him in solitude, in reading the Bible, increase or renew the times of the prayer dates with Him! Let us give priority to spiritual, physical, and intellectual self-development! Let us draw nearer to the Lord through our physical needs as well: nature, air, water, and natural foods!
In order to study this topic in greater depth, I recommend reading the following books:“Zeal of God”, “Understanding God”, “Life in the Kingdom of God”, “Life is Predictable”.
I believe in you and cover with God’s love!
Senior Pastor of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations Church
Translated by Kate Chindove
Edited by Emmanuel Chindove