I must recognize that without God, I can do nothing; with God I can do exploits.
“5 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. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:5-8).
Who are we to have such great plans in place for our future, yet leave God completely out of the picture?
The word clearly says that we won’t be fruitful without God, so tell me, why is it that so many people today, forget to follow Christ? To tell you the truth, I want my efforts to be successful. I don’t want to pour my heart and soul into something that I think is worthy, only to find that it will utterly fail, because I didn’t include God in my plans.
I tried following my own path, and would probably be on the same miserable path of loneliness and despair, if it were not for the grace and mercy of God.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
You can’t see spirit; it is like the wind. You can feel the wind, see the leaves move if the wind is blowing, and maybe even hear the sound of it as it moves through the atmosphere, but you can not see it. In a dust storm, all you are seeing is the dust, but not the wind that is moving it.
After sin entered the world, it created a separation between man and God that needed to be bridged. So God manifest himself in flesh to make a way for us to be redeemed.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
Jesus gave himself for us to redeem us; for that I am thankful.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed , and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (Psalm 46:1-3).
Do Nothing, or Do Exploits? The Choice is Yours.
It took great sacrifice for us to have salvation. What are you going to do with this gift? Doing nothing is never the answer. My daddy had a saying, “Can’t never could do nothing.” There’s a whole lot of truth in that statement. You’ll never know unless you step out in faith what you are capable of doing, but it is guaranteed that without God you can’t do anything.
32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
I choose to know God. There are still some mountains to climb, and I want to have the Lord on my side to help me as I keep moving forward in faith.