by Tony Alamo
“I [JESUS] am the true vine, and MY FATHER [GOD] is the husbandman [the farmer who planted JESUS, the true vine]. Every branch in ME that beareth not fruit [that does not win human souls to GOD] HE [GOD] taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit [wins or brings forth human souls], HE purgeth it [purge means to cleanse of impurities, and to cleanse of sins], that it may bring forth more fruit [more souls to GOD]. Now ye [disciples] are clean through the WORD which I have spoken unto you. Abide in ME, and I in you. [Abide means to remain, to reside, to await, to put up with, to live up to, and to submit to and carry out.] As the branch [of GOD] cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine [of GOD, which is CHRIST]; 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 [nothing of value, no Godly thing]. If a man abide not in ME, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [Here JESUS foretells of people who don’t serve GOD being cast into Hell and the Lake of Fire.] If ye abide in ME, and MY WORDS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:1-7).
Most people can’t understand why GOD doesn’t answer their prayers. Let me help you understand why their prayers are not answered (if they are not answered). JESUS just said it—there is a contingency for getting your prayers answered, getting what you ask for, and that contingency is, “If ye abide in ME, and MY WORDS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
A woman from Nashville, who was managing one of my church’s apartment houses on the beach in Miami, told me, “Every time I pray to GOD, HE puts me on hold.” She had cancer, she was a drunk, and she had a very active sex life with many men. She was not in the LORD, and the WORDS of the LORD were not living in her. The WORD of GOD promises her that HE is not even hearing her.1 GOD is not a kidder, HE means exactly what HE says.2 This may anger you—so what? What are you going to do, punch GOD in the mouth? You angry little monkey! You may rise up against politicians and other men, but if I were you, I would not try it against GOD. To HIM you are just a piece of clay who will die, then stand judgment before HIM.3 And there is no way that you can escape HIM (Amos 9:1-4).4
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and understanding (Job 28:28, Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, 9:10). If you don’t fear HIM, it is because you have no understanding. JESUS commands HIS disciples by saying, “Herein is MY FATHER glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be MY disciples. As the FATHER hath loved ME, so have I loved you: continue ye in MY love” (John 15:8-9). When GOD tells us to love, HE doesn’t mean love is sex. It is also impossible to love anybody, including GOD, if you don’t know them, and it’s impossible to know GOD unless you know CHRIST.5 It is impossible to know CHRIST unless you know the WORD of GOD; CHRIST is the WORD of GOD, and HE is GOD.6 John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.” John 1:14 says, “And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth.” And the WORD’S name became JESUS. “If ye keep MY commandments, ye shall abide in MY love; even as I have kept MY FATHER'S commandments, and abide in HIS love” (John 15:10).
Again, we can’t love GOD unless we know HIM, and we can’t love HIM by looking at some artist’s rendering of HIM. In the first place, none of them look like HIM. I know that to be true because HE appeared to me in a vision when my eyes were wide open. We love HIM because of whom HE is, what HE did for us, what HE says HE will do for us if we keep HIS commandments, what HE is doing for us in Heaven and in earth, and what HE is going to do for us in Heaven and forever more. Of course, if you don’t believe HIS WORD, what HE has said, the things HE has promised, then you don’t love HIM, and HE doesn’t love you. Then you are none of HIS, not HIS. So many people say that GOD says HE will never leave or forsake you, but JESUS said that only to HIS disciples, those who follow HIM, not to the people that forsake GOD in JESUS. Second Chronicles 15:2 says, “If ye forsake HIM, HE will forsake you.”
GOD cannot be conned by the world’s con artists. HE is far too smart for that. Don’t you know that you can’t fool the LORD? “These things have I spoken unto you, that MY joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is MY commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:11-12). Love means to live a sinless life before your brothers, your sisters, and the people of the world.7 When we keep the commandments of GOD in this world, we rebuke and reprove sin, which is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The people of the world become aware that they are sinners and know they need to repent of their sins.8 Also, it shows love to your brothers and sisters, because the devil that is in the world through the lust of the world is always tempting them to become a part of the world again. So when people see you keeping the LORD’S commandments, you are showing the love of GOD in you to them. There is no greater love that a man has for his brother or sister than that he would lay down his life, his life of sin, for his brother and sister so that they could see the love of GOD in him, and so the people of the world can also see it (John 15:13).
First John 5:2-4 says, “By this we know that we love the children of GOD, when we love GOD, and keep HIS commandments. For this is the love of GOD, that we keep HIS commandments: and HIS commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of GOD overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” JESUS says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are MY friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:13-14). JESUS says, “Ye have not chosen ME, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the FATHER in MY name, HE may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated ME before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted ME, they will also persecute you; if they have kept MY saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for MY name’s sake, because they know not HIM that sent ME. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth ME hateth MY FATHER also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both ME and MY FATHER. But this cometh to pass, that the WORD might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated ME without a cause. But when the COMFORTER is come, whom I will send unto you from the FATHER, even the SPIRIT of truth, which proceedeth from the FATHER, HE shall testify of ME: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with ME from the beginning” (John 15:16-27).
If you want to seek the LORD for anything, then it is most necessary for you to win human souls to GOD through the WORD of CHRIST; but it is exceedingly important for you to make the souls around you grow to the fullness of the stature of CHRIST by keeping yourself doing all of the commandments of the LORD before them and before all of the people of the world. So do this, and when you ask you shall receive.
If you have not done this before, then repent right now, and if you have not received CHRIST yet, then receive HIM now by saying this prayer:
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
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Love Is King footnotes:
1. Psa. 66:18, Prov. 1:24-28, 15:8, 29, 28:9, Isa. 59:2, Mic. 3:4, Zech. 7:13, John 9:31, 1 Cor. 10:21, Jas. 4:3-4, 1 John 1:5-7 return
2. Psa. 89:34 return
3. Gen. 2:7, 1 Chron. 29:15, Job 10:8-9, Psa. 22:29,103:14-16, Eccl. 12:13-14, Dan. 7:9-10, Luke 12:16-21, Acts 17:30-31, Rom. 2:5-13, 16, 14:10-12, 2 Cor. 5:10-11, Heb. 9:27-28, 10:26-31, 2 Pet. 2:4-6, 9, Rev. 11:18, 20:11-15 return
4. Psa. 139:1-12, Jer. 23:23-24, Jonah chap. 1 return
5. Matt. 11:27, John 5:30, Luke 10:22, John 5:23-26, 30, 8:16, 19, 42, John 14:6, 23, 15:23, Rom. 5:1-2, Eph. 2:4-7, 12, 18, Heb. 7:25, 1 John 5:1 return
6. John 1:1-3, 10-14, 1 John 2:3-5, 5:7, Rev. 19:13 return
7. John 15:10, Eph. 4:21-31, 5:1-12, Phlp. 2:14-15, 1 Tim. 4:12-16, Jas. 3:13-18, 1 John 5:2-3 return
8. Psa. 141:5, Prov. 9:8, 19:25, 21:11, 1 Cor. 5:1-5, Eph. 5:11, Col. 1:21-22, Titus 2:15, 2 Tim. 4:1-2 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return