February 4, 2023

Bob Maas
“Abide in me, and I will abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man abides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:4-5

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 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. It is all an illusion.

I am absolutely dependent on Him for everything. 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.