For many years I thought that I was capable of accomplishing the work that only God can do. I believed that all I needed to do was discover certain formulas, follow successful role models, set the right goals and develop the right methods to produce the results He wanted from me. Now I realize that I am absolutely dependent on the Lord for everything. There is nothing I can do, contrive, improvise or achieve in my own strength. I can imitate and pretend some things but I am only deceiving myself. His strength is made perfect in my weakness. I am powerless and incapable of doing anything without Him. I thank God for the privilege and freedom He has given me to walk with Him and abide in Christ. I pray that He will always keep me mindful of how needful I am of His mercy and grace to be the person He wants me to be.
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."