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Apart from Me You Can Do Nothing

February 16, 2018


Apart from Me You Can Do Nothing

Sometimes  in our human pride  we think,  “I can be good  all on my own strength.     All by myself  I’m going  to quit sinning  in every way.     I’ve got to have this determination  in myself  so I can be saved.”

Such self-determination  totally pushes God  out of the picture  of our lives.    It gives Jesus  no credit  for coming down  from heaven  to suffer and die  to pay  for all  of our sins.     Whatever kind  of self-righteousness  we might have — it will never be good enough  to “earn” our way  into heaven.

So,  the soul  that thinks it can be perfect  all by itself,  is deluding itself  and carrying a burden  God does not want us  to carry.     God wants us  to learn  to depend  on Him  for all our needs — not just food,  clothing  and such — but the perfection  we must have  before we can  enter heaven.

Even heathens  can be “good” people — kind,  generous,  tender-hearted.    But,  that won’t get them  into heaven.    Their kind  of goodness  is a worldly goodness.     It has nothing  to do  with knowing the truth  about God’s eternal love  for us  and His plan  of salvation  for us  in Christ Jesus.     Worldly goodness  has nothing to do  with the most necessary goodness  of an honest faith  in the true God  and love  for the God  who loves us  so dearly.

The kind of goodness  that God wants  in us  is based on being  in a loving relationship  with Him  through faith.     Just knowing  that we are loved  by God  and have eternal life  and forgiveness  through faith  in Jesus,  wells up  within us  a genuine love  for all  of God’s ways  and being.     God living  in our hearts  and us living  in our Lord  is what causes us  to be changed  into what God’s children should be  —  children who live by faith  in God’s word.

That is why Jesus says  in John 15:5,

I am the vine,  you are the branches;  he who abides  in Meand I  in him,  he bears much fruit;  for apart from Me  you can do nothing.

No one can bear fruit  for God  unless they abide in Him  and acknowledge  that everything they have  is a gift  from God.    It is God’s Spirit working  in them  that causes them  to rightfully  and honestly love those  around them,  to be kind,  tenderhearted,  honest,  hard working,  truthful,  and every other goodness  that marks  a child of God.

To abide  in Jesus is  to daily speak  to Him in prayer,  confessing our sins  and accepting His forgiveness.    It is studying  and meditating  on His word  that shows us the way  we should trust  and obey.    It is believing  and trusting all  of God’s word,  even in times  of trouble  and temptation.    It is depending  on God  to lead us  in His way.

The kind of fruit  that pleases God comes  from a humble heart  that looks  to Him  for all its needs.    As we daily trace  all the beauties  of God’s love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for loving us  and faithfully leading us  according to all Your promises.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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