Bryan Robinson - December 31, 2017
John: Apart from Me You Can Do Nothing
John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ultimately, underneath everything that I do, I am seeking to return to the Garden, to be with him, whether I recognize it or not. Think about it. My efforts to be secure, loved, happy, complete, successful, admired, respected, fulfilled are all based on my ultimate inborn desire to be with Jesus. What I do apart from him has only the illusion of success, leading me away from the Garden. Away from him. That is my rebellion. My failure. Apart from him I can do nothing, nothing that is meaningful. Quoting Mr. Brad Respess, Jesus is the answer. The fact that I can cling to that fact in spite of my flaws makes me eternally grateful. - Davis Lee Live your daily life in the full consciousness of being righteous in God’s sight, an object of delight and pleasure in Christ. - Andrew Murray A soul filled with large thoughts of the Vine will be a strong branch, and will abide confidently in Him. Be much occupied with Jesus, and believe much in Him, the true vine. - Andrew Murray
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