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Except You Abide in the Vine

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in Me.” – John 15:4

In the parable (allegory) of the vine tree, Jesus compares Himself to the “True Vine” because when we come to salvation, we are spiritually born again and given a special position as a branch on the Tree of life, which is Jesus the Messiah. He alone is the only Savior that can give us eternal life; all others are false prophets and false religions.

God the Father, on the other hand, is the “husbandman” (the farmer) that cultivates us as branches on the vine and tends to our care. He waters us every day, prunes our twigs, trims our leaves, and makes sure we are receiving the right amount of sunshine and nutrients from the ground.

But Jesus reminds us that unless we continue to abide in Him, we cannot bear good fruit or flourish as one of His branches, since a branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless we abide in the source of nourishment – the tree.

To abide comes from the original Greek word, menō, which means: to remain, continue, abide or live in. If the branch is broken, snapped or disconnected in any way from the vine or tree, the life-giving support cannot continue to flow. Without the tree’s nourishment, the branch will eventually wither and die. Likewise, the life of Christ can only continue to flow in us as long as we abide in Him by:

  • Studying the Word of God daily, keeping it continually in our hearts and minds, and letting it guide our lives.
  • Maintaining the habit of prayer and communion with the Holy Spirit in order to draw new and fresh strength from Him.
  • Obeying God’s commandments and endeavoring to live pleasing to Him.
  • Attending church regularly and loving the fellowship of the brethren.
  • Witnessing for Jesus everywhere we go and helping to bring lost souls to salvation.

We will continue to abide in Christ if we follow the above guidelines. As we do, we will also continue to bear the kind of good fruit He desires from us as His disciples and remain eternally secure in our salvation.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he that abideth in Me, and I in him,” Jesus said, “the same brings forth much fruit [not some fruit, but much fruit]. For with Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

– Luis Josephus

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Comment from Donna: “This morning I was thinking about being grafted into the vine and what it means. I was thinking of the fact that the power that flows from the vine to us is LOVE. It is his love that gives us life. That is what the two great commandments were all about: LOVE. It’s not about what we do, per say, it is about how we LOVE God first and then others. All the instructions that you gave for abiding in the vine can be summed up in: LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS. May the Lord truly bless you for your service to Christ!”

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Doing the first works

Bible_man_reading_1“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” – Revelation 2:4-5.

Jesus is speaking to many of us through this letter to the Church of Ephesus who had “lost their first love.” These Ephesians church members were still blood-washed, born-again believers, but they had lost the excitement and devotion they once had for Jesus. Remember when you first got saved; how excited you were about God?

Spiritual backsliding is a common problem in the church. After years of walking with God, many of us may slowly begin to neglect spending quality time with God or even going to church. Our faith becomes lukewarm and we might also backslide morally. The solution for correcting this problem, Jesus said, is to remember therefore from where we have fallen; repent, and do the first works again.

Since the first step is to repent, we need to acknowledge our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us. He is always merciful and faithful to forgive us, and to cleanse us, once again, from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Secondly, we must start from scratch in our faith and “do the first works” we once did in the beginning. What are the first works?

  • Studying the Bible daily.
  • Spending quality time in prayer and hearing God’s voice.
  • Going to church regularly and saturating your spirit with sound biblical teaching, and collective praise and worship.
  • Fellowship regularly with other believers.

If you have lost your first love, or drifted away from God, or fallen into immoral sins, don’t give up on Jesus, because He hasn’t given up on you. He still loves you dearly and desires to restore you back to Himself. All He asks is that you Repent, Confess, and “Do the first works” again. He will restore your life with His abundance of peace and joy.

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comment_smComment from Pastor Emeka: “Dear Pastor Luis Yosefus, thanks for your newsletter. I am inspired and encouraged by your messages and revelations of the word of God. I am a pastor of a small fellowship in Corby, United kingdom (People for Christ Ministries).


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The Father tenderly loves you

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“At that day you will ask in My Name, and I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf (for it will be unnecessary). For the Father Himself (tenderly) loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.” – John 16:26,27 (Amp)

We know that Jesus often referred to God as His “Father,” but God is also the Father of all His creation, that includes you and I as well. We are the children of the Most High God, creator and sustainer of the entire universe.

At the beginning of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), therefore, we are His offspring, made in the image of God – spirit, soul and body. That’s why God loves us so much, because we are created in His likeness.

If you have ever had any children of your own, people will often say, “Why, he looks just like his father,” or “She looks just like her mother.” This generally produces a good sense of pride within us to be reminded that are children our uniquely ours, a product of our own bodies and genetic DNA.I believe God, our heavenly Father, looks at us within the same sense of pride and accomplishment. He views us with the same eyes of love that we also view our children with.

God loves that we love Jesus.

”…For the Father Himself (tenderly) loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.”

Jesus said that God tenderly loves us because we love Jesus and believe that Jesus came from God the Father.

Do you love Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus came from God the Father? Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins? Have you invited Jesus Christ [Messiah] to be the Savior and Lord of your life?

If so, the Bible gives us this wonderful promise in John 3:16-17:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only [unique] Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Do you fully understand what that is saying? God loves us so much that He sent His unique Son, Jesus Christ, not to condemn us, but to save us. That’s the greatest news isn’t it? We don’t need to be afraid of Jesus; He is not our enemy, but our friend! He wasn’t sent into this world by God the Father to hurt us, but to help us, so that we would not be punished for our sins and be lost forever. Jesus wants to demonstrate His love for us by giving us the gift of salvation and eternal life.

Forgetting those things in the past.

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” Philippians 3:13

Do you want to experience God’s love today? Do you want to forget all the bad things you’ve done in the past and begin a new life today? Do you want to be forgiven of your sins and receive the promise of eternal life?

If so, pray this prayer with me right now:

”Dear Jesus, I believe you are the unique Son of God who died in my place on the cross. Please forgive me of my sins. I invite you to become the Savior and Lord of my life. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer today and received God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, write us and let us know so that we can rejoice with you and welcome you into the redeemed family of God. If you don’t have a Bible and need one, we’ll also be happy to send you one free of charge for you to study.

We love you in Christ, as God the Father loves you. Amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Oh How I Love Jesus

There is a name I love to hear
I love to sing its worth
It sounds like music in my ear
The sweetest name on earth

O how I love Jesus
O how I love Jesus
O how I love Jesus
Because He first loved me


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He Who Accepts Jesus, Accepts God

Pastor Luis Yosefus

By the same token, he who rejects Jesus, rejects God. Jesus Himself acknowledged this in John 12:48-49…

“He that rejects Me, and receives not my words, has One that judges him…For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father [God] which has sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

Many well-meaning people today profess to believe in God and even practice some type of religion. They may even call Him by a variety of names. But unless they are worshipping the one true God of the Bible, the Creator of heaven and earth, they are worshipping a false god. Those who claim to know God must also accept Jesus the Messiah whom God has sent.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ [Messiah] whom You have sent.” – John 17:3

No matter how devoted you may be to your religious belief system, if your religion rejects Jesus the Christ as God’s only Son, and the only true messenger, and the only atoning sacrifice for your sins, all your religious practices are in vain. If so, you are following a false way: a religion that will lead you to eternal death, rather than eternal life. Only by following the true way that Jesus offers can you be sure you are on the right spiritual path to God. Any other prophet or teaching that contradicts the gospel message of Jesus is deception.

Jesus warned, “And many false prophets shall arise, and deceive many.” – Matthew 24:11

You may be sincere in your devotion to the many false prophets and religions that exist today, but if you do not repent and come out of deception you will be lost for all eternity. God will not acquit you on the basis of your sincerity, but on whether you accepted His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior and Lord.

Won’t you trust in Jesus today?

Believe that He is truly the only way to God. Renounce your involvement in any other religion or false teachings, and invite Jesus to become the Savior and Lord of your life. After you do, find a good Bible-believing church to attend, and fellowship with other like-minded believers in Christ.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Comment from Donna: “I wholeheartedly agree! Today I was at work and I heard a man say that ‘all that mattered was that people believe in God.’ He said that ‘as long as a person believes in God, it was okay.’ The Bible states otherwise. In I John 2:22 it says that anyone who does not believe what Jesus Christ said about himself, is Anti-Christ.”

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Comment from Pastor Luis: “Amen, Donna. The Bible tells us that even demons believe in Jesus (James 2:19-20), but of course we know that neither Satan, nor fallen angels, nor demons will ever be saved. So there must be more to salvation than simply ‘believing in God'”

Comment from Pastor Yousaf: “Praying for you! Jesus bless your ministry work. Amen. Your brother in Christ! – Pastor Yousaf.”

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Grace For TodayOrder your free devotional booklet “Grace For Today” by Pastor Luis Yosefus which contains many more inspirational messages written to encourage your life and enhance your understanding of God’s Word. Simply email us your postal address and we will mail it to you free of charge at no obligation.


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Heaven and Hell and Who Goes There

Jesus Christ taught that the majority of people
are headed for an eternal hell:

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.”– Matthew 7:13 (NLT)

Tragically, there are “many” Jesus said, that are on the highway to hell. There is only one way into the Kingdom of God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone. Jesus also declared that unless a person is spiritually born again he cannot enter God’s Kingdom (John 3:3). Even some religious people are following the broad road to destruction because they have been deceived by false teachers and the false gospel of “easy believism.” and cheap grace.

But Jesus Christ and the early Christians preached the true gospel. They followed the narrow road that leads to heaven and eternal life. Although few people ever follow this narrow road, it is readily available to anyone who sincerely commits their life to Christ.

If you would like to be sure you’re following the (narrow) right road to God, order our free booklet, “Heaven and Hell and Who Goes There.” This eye-opening booklet will amaze you! Contrary to what many preachers falsely proclaim – that “getting saved is as easy as ABC”, you’ll discover what Jesus really taught about salvation and the cost of discipleship.

Because of the abundance of false prophets and preachers today, this is a message you won’t hear in most churches. But it’s a truthful message that needs to be heard by all who genuinely want to know the real Jesus of the Bible and enter God’s Kingdom.

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COMMENT from Pastor Luis Yosefus: “It is true that “God is love.” But the true God has another side to His character besides “love.” He can also be provoked to wrath and will take vengeance against those who despise His commandments and exhaust His patience. He will in no wise leave the guilty and unrepentant unpunished.”

COMMENT from Pastor Godfrey Isaba: “Dear Pastor Luis, Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thank you for the testimony and the work of God you are commited. I am blessed and lifted up spiritually. We are praying for you and the ministry. You are a blessing to the body of Christ. I appreciate the love of God that is in you. I request for your prayers so that God may continue to save here in Kenya East Africa so that many souls may be reaped into the kingdom of God. I would also like to thank God for the sound biblical doctrine that the Lord  has put in you, servant of God. Today many people have changed the Word of God to suit their own ends. Yours in the Lord, Pastor, Godfrey Isaba.

Comment from Pastor Wassabi Sachae Mochoa: “Dear Pastor Luis: Receive our greetings from Singapore. We are praying diligently for you here in our ministry. May God give you all your needs. Its always a joy to hear from you, brother. Your friend, Pastor Wassabi Sachae Mochoa.


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The Only Way to God

Only_way_to_God“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Jesus clearly taught that without the new birth there is no salvation. You’re religion can’t save you. Your church can’t save you. Your belief system can’t save you. Unless a person is born again, Jesus said, no one can enter the kingdom of God.

“Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. “ – John 3:3.

Nicodemus was a devout religious man. He was a ruling member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and teacher in his church. He kept most of the Bible commandments and practiced a holy life. Yet when he came to Jesus, He was told by our Lord that He was lost! In his present spiritual condition he would never enter God’s kingdom (John 3:1-3). Why was Jesus so hard on him? Because Jesus discerned that he was not “born again”. He was a good man and deeply religious, but he had never experienced the new birth.

“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” – John 3:5

What does it mean to be born again?

Without the new birth there is no spiritual life. You may be physically alive, but you are still spiritually dead in your trespasses and sins.

“And you has He [Jesus] quickened [made spiritually alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins…” – Ephesians 2:1.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He [God} that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11

Through the new birth, God gives spiritual life to our physical, mortal bodies by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus; he thought that Jesus was asking him to enter his mother’s womb and be born all over again. Jesus corrected him and essentially said, “That’s not what I’m talking about, Nicodemus. I’m talking about a spiritual rebirth. That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Being born again is not experiencing a second biological birth – but a spiritual birth from above, which you don’t have. You may be a very religious Jew, but you’re never going to enter God’s kingdom until you are spiritually born again.”

How often I have met people in the Christian church with the same kind of spiritual issues as Nicodemus. They say they believe in Jesus, go to church, read the Bible, keep the commandments, but yet they are just as lost as Nicodemus was. Why? Because they are following a religion instead of following the Savior.

The only way to be sure that you are saved from your sins, have eternal life with God and truly born again, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him as Savior and Lord. He is the only way to God and the only One that that can give you new spiritual life.

If you want to be sure you are truly born again from above, sincerely pray this prayer out loud to God the Father:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah as Your only begotten Son that you sent to die on the cross for my sins. I put my trust in Him only as the only way to God and Savior of my life. I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. Cleanse me clean of all the wrong things I have ever done with the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to live in newness of life from this day forth, amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you are now born again. Write us and let us know of your decision to follow Jesus and let us rejoice with you.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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