John 15:5 - Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing.
John 15:5 - Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing.
John 15:5 (NLT) "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those
who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart
from me you can do nothing.
What Jesus calls us to do is impossible. It's not merely
difficult. It's not simply a struggle. It's not just hard. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
"For apart from Me you can do nothing." Not a little. Not a few
This should come as good news.... No one can live the
Christian life apart from Christ...
If you do not learn to abide in Christ, you will never have a
marriage characterized by love, joy, and peace. You will never have the
self-control necessary to consistently overcome temptation. And you will
always be an emotional hostage of your circumstances. Why? Because
apart from abiding in Christ, you can do nothing.
As the branch draws its life from the vine, so we draw life
from Christ. To abide in Christ is to draw upon His life. (From The
Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley) [Inspirational SB]
The Presence is everything in the Christian life. Maybe that
seems like an overstatement. Surely obedience is important, along with
bearing fruit, being loving and compassionate, praying, growing in
faith, overcoming obstacles, dealing with relationship issues, and so
much more. That's why so many books are published and so many sermons
preached about these things. Christian living is a vast array of
disciplines, attitudes, and activities, and we have to know how to approach
But think about it. What happens to your attitude when you
have a palpable sense of God's Presence around you? How fruitful does
your prayer life become? How strong does your faith grow? What
obstacle seems large when you're aware that God is in the room? How hard
is it to obey when He is present to empower you? How hard do you
have to try to bear fruit if He is spilling out from within you? What
relationship issues remain unyielding when His power overwhelms? The truth is
that His Presence working within us is the key to everything, and
without Him we can do nothing.
That's why cultivating both an awareness and an ongoing
experience of His Presence is vital. When God shows up, miracles happen.
Life comes out of death, beauty comes out of ashes, dancing takes the
place of mourning, futility gives way to fruitfulness, confusion is
replaced by order, and obstacles bow to His will. Even the hard side of
His Presence - the convicting and correcting truth we don't want to
hear - eventually gives life. When God is at work in and around us,
Zealously, relentlessly, passionately pursue God's Presence.
Every endeavor in the Christian life is futile without that. But with
it, everything is possible.
Jesus, I need You - Your Spirit, Your life - in me and around
me. I'm not content just to know about You or to believe the right
things. I want to experience Your Presence. I know You want that too.
Please, Lord, let me sense You always. [The One Year Experiencing God's
Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen re v. 5]
When I meditated on the word GUIDANCE, I kept seeing "dance"
at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is
a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels
The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is
quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes and lets the other lead, both bodies
begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a
nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance
takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and
gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word
GUIDANCE. When I saw "G," I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i. "God,
"u" and "i" dance."! God, you, and I dance. This statement is what
guidance means to me.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would
get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God
lead. My prayer for you today is that God's blessings and mercies be
upon you and your family on this day and everyday. May you abide in
Him as He abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting Him to
lead and to guide you through each season of your life.
I Hope You Dance !!!!!!!!!!! [unknown]
All the kids called him "Grandpa." He was a plumber with an
eighth-grade education. But no one was more articulate about Jesus Christ
than Grandpa Craig.
Kids from all over spent a lot of time with Grandpa--eating
popcorn in his living room, having Bible studies, praying, just
"shooting the breeze." No matter where the conversation wandered, though,
Grandpa would always bring it around to Jesus.
Whenever we were talking about school or dating or the
future, Grandpa would say, "That reminds me of something Jesus said....."
or, "That's just like when Jesus......" and he would reveal new
insights to us about Jesus.
Grandpa's life was filled with the reality of Jesus'
presence. On Saturday afternoons, we would sometimes take long walks with
Grandpa. He would point to the countryside and say, "Now, that's Jesus'
way of showing us how much he loves us. He made all these things for
us to enjoy."
Grandpa saw Jesus in everything around him. "See how the sun
goes down so faithfully every evening?" he would ask. "That shows how
faithful Jesus is to us. Just like the sun, he never lets us down."
When anyone wondered how to act toward a new kid in school,
Grandpa would ask, "How would Jesus act if he were in school?" Problems
with parents? "What would Jesus do in your shoes?" His advice was
always simple: "Focus on Jesus. Figure it out from there." [Youth SB re
My dearest child,
It breaks my heart to see the way you struggle and struggle in
your own strength. So often you feel depleted. You push and fret and
end up feeling burned out and alone. There is no need for you to go
on like this. I long to give you inner strength. Draw on my
resources and live as you were designed to live--as a branch attached to
the vine of my eternal love. All that you require will flow from my
abundance to your need. And when my life has filled your emptiness to
overflowing, it will branch out into the lives of those around you. I am the
vine; you are the branch. Come to me and live.
God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire Cloninger]
The Christian life is a supernatural life, flowing from Jesus to
us. It can be experienced only as we live in intimate fellowship
with our LORD. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
GREAT LINK TO REVIVE - THE EXPERIENCING GOD SERIES CURRENTLY IN
THE FIRST OF NINE PRESENTATIONS BY NINE INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS: