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

What I Believe – Things Past

THINGS PAST

I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and was given by inspiration of God.  I believe it is to be used for correction and instruction; to equip man to do God’s work.  [II Timothy 3:16-17]

I believe that God exists in three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 3:16-17].  I believe these three are one God.  [John 1:1-2; Galatians 4:4-6; I John 5:7]

I believe God is eternal, from eternity past to eternity future  [Isaiah 48:16; 57:15; Psalm 90:2; John 1:1-2]

I believe that God created the universe [Genesis 1:1; John 1:3-4; Hebrews 2:10]

I believe that because of the sin of Adam and Eve, that all of mankind is born into a sinful nature.  [Genesis 3; Romans 5]

The penalty of that sin is death.  [Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23]

Because of that sin, we are not righteous and fall short of God’s glory. [Romans 3:10, 12, 23]

I believe God is Holy [Leviticus 11:44-45; Psalm 99:5,9; I Peter 1:16]

Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin, which means we will not be accepted into Heaven without a payment for our sin. [Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 22:14-15]

I believe that without the shedding of blood their can be no atonement for sin. [Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22]

I believe that, because of His love for man, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take the penalty for our sins on Himself. [John 3:16; Romans 5:8]

I believe that through the shedding of His blood, Jesus made the perfect atonement for our sin.  [Romans 3:24-25, 5:8; Hebrews 7:19-28I Peter 3:18]

I believe Jesus was born of a virgin. [Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1] I believe He lived a sinless life [II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26] as both God and man.  [Isaiah 9:6; Luke 3:38; John 1:1, 14 & 18; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 2:9-18]

I believe He was crucified, died and rose again the third day. [Matthew 27:1-28:19; Mark 15:1-16:20; Luke 23:1-24:53; John 19:1-20:31]

I believe that He later ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. [Mark 16:19-20; Hebrews 1:3; I Peter 3:22]

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012; 2016