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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Commit Your Way to God

In one of my recent posts, I admitted to struggling when it came to my writing. For months, each time I would sit down to try and come up with a post, my mind would be a large empty vacuum – a black hole where all of my creative thoughts had disappeared.

The thoughts, the ideas, the words. They were all gone.

As I came to this realization, I began to pray and plead for some leading as to why I had lost my talent. I read somewhere that if we are given a talent from God and we let it languish away, we will lose it. That idea scared me and my pleading took on an intensity that bordered on desperation.

Writing had been my dream since I was a little girl and the idea that I could have lost it because I wasn’t using it terrified me. All I could see was myself standing before Jesus at the end of my life and having to explain why I wasted the talent He had given me, and why I had not fulfilled my life’s purpose.

In another post I told of someone I knew that God had allowed to be stripped of all earthly support because she was not completely trusting and relying on Him.

I realized I had, in my own way, come to the end of myself where my writing is concerned. My distress over my writer’s block created in me a need to solve the problem. To figure out what I should be doing, what I should be writing about.

You see, I still find myself, quite often, with the need to do it myself, to figure things out on my own.  I find a lot of things beyond my physical ability, but will insist on struggling with the task instead of asking my husband for help.

I do the same with God. I tell myself I am relying on Him, but at the same time, I am relying on my own power and my own actions – on my works. I ask for His leading, while in the back of my mind I am racing around trying to solve the problem myself. I hand it to Him and then promptly take it back to fuss over and worry about.

I mean, surely, I have to be doing something ….. right??

Or, maybe not ……

My ‘doing’ was getting me nowhere.

And so I began a search to figure out what was wrong.

And in my searching and discovery, I was led to study the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives. I must admit that I knew about the Holy Spirit on a surface level – knew His attributes,  and His purpose in our lives – to a certain extent.

But there is so much that I just did not understand – still do not understand – and reading someone else’s thoughts and experiences, their life lessons, is like turning a light bulb on inside my mind.

There is an ‘Ah-hah!’ moment when I read something that is just so clear and concise I think “Why didn’t I see that before?!”

And what I discovered was that I had gone back to my original way of writing – relying on myself to try and figure out what to write about and what to say.  I was striving against the Lord, taking the control back and not abiding as we are admonished to.

I was trying to do it myself, and all of my searching and anxiety and feverish attempts to figure it out on my own was blocking the Holy Spirit from leading me into the paths He wanted me to go.

As soon as I acknowledged this, and gave myself over to complete surrender, I felt a wave of peace and contentment rise up in me; and suddenly words and thoughts were flooding through my mind so quickly I had to pray that I not be allowed to lose them until I could get them written down.

 

“Commit your works to the Lord

and your thoughts will be established.”

PSALM 16:3

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