He Is The Vine, We Are The Branches

We were not meant to go through this life on our own, struggling day to day under our own strength and power. Our Creator, the Almighty God, placed in each one of us an instinctive knowledge of His existence and a sense of our own inadequacies apart from Him. He created us for His express purpose and will, having a desire to love us and fellowship with us both now and through eternity.

But as we grow up, our prideful, sinful, human nature comes to the forefront of our thoughts and drowns out our ingrained knowledge of His Love and Grace. We think we must go through our lives on our own, only half living and never truly understanding our reason for being.

If we have not accepted Jesus as our Savior, we will go through life in a hopeless litany of days and years that have no redeeming value; only to end up with an eternity spent in hell.

But, Oh! The Blessed Hope of those that have given their life to Christ! Not only do we have the promise of eternity in His Presence, we also have His strength and power to draw on while here on this earth!

He has placed His Holy Spirit into the hearts of those that have been born again, to lead us and teach us and empower us to do His will.

But, we will not, not one of us, ever realize our true potential unless we yield ourselves heart, mind, body and soul to the God that Created us.

Yes, we can muddle through on our own; but nothing that we can accomplish on our own will ever be equal to what we can accomplish through the power of His Spirit.

And, inevitably, we will come to a day when we are helpless and lost, broken down by circumstances, unable to do what is expected of us, apart from the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.

“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.”

John 15:5

 

Abiding in the Savior that died for us is the key to successfully accomplishing God’s will and purpose for our lives. To abide in Him is to rest in His Mercy and Grace. To abide in Him is to place Him first in our lives. To abide in Him is to place our every thought, motive, word, and deed under the Supreme Guidance and control of the Holy spirit.

Only then can we live the way God wants us to live, and accomplish all that He wants us to accomplish.

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He shall direct your paths.”

Psalm 3:5&6

 

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2018

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Merry Christmas!

“For unto you is born this day

in the city of David

a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11

 

As I have gone through the past month, I have been reminded over and over again that this is the season of Hope, Love and Grace.  This time of year we are all reminded that God loves us so much that He sent His Only Son to take the sins of all of mankind on Himself, to suffer the judgment of God that should rightfully be ours.

As I went into the Thanksgiving holiday, I reflected on all the blessings that my Heavenly Father has bestowed on me over the course of my lifetime, the most meaningful being that He offered Salvation and Forgiveness for my sins.

As I hauled out all of the Christmas decorations, I was conscious of the fact that they were all worldly trappings that may sometimes seem to overshadow the true meaning of this Holy Celebration of Birth and Life. And I was brought to a state of praise and thanksgiving for the reminder that there is so much more for us if we would just look up and draw Him into our lives and hearts.

I have felt under the weather off and on over the past month, a cold or sinus infection or something seems not to want to let go, insisting on so generously granting me the gifts of congestion, runny nose and a persistent cough.  Constant pain drags at me, and the cold temperatures only intensify the ache that seems permanently settled into my bones.

Quite often I found myself bundled under warm blankets, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, trying to ease the ache by shutting out the cool air with my Grandmother’s knitted blanket.

But through it all has been the reminder that I am Loved and Cherished and Forgiven!

OH! Glorious blessings of Mercy and Grace!

As we go through all the preparations for Christmas, let us keep in mind that this day is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

May God’s Love and His Peace fill you

as you celebrate the birth of our Redeemer.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017