John 15:5 (KJV) 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.
Jesus said we are to abide in Him. That means take up residence in Him but how do we do that? How do we abide in Him?
Let’s take a look at what Jesus said about us being connected to Him. He said that He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches get nourishment from the vine, therefore, we get nourishment from Him. But how does that work since He’s not physically here on earth? The answer is so simple, it’ll make you want to jump and shout!
John 1:1-4 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Here we see that Jesus and the Word are One. That means whatever we’re to do in Jesus, we’re to do in and by the Word. So to stay connected to the Vine – Jesus, we must stay connected to His Word. And that’s where we get our nourishment.
Back to our scripture. We see that without staying connected to Jesus – to His word – we can do nothing. And nothing means nothing! In other words, we’re absolutely helpless to do the right godly thing without the Lord helping us. So, how do we do this?
First of all, I want to say that even though without Jesus, Who is the Word, we can do nothing, the good news is that WITH Him we can all things! That’s shoutin’ ground!
That’s why we cannot be so full of ourselves that we insist on doing things our way instead of God’s way. This takes effort and a renewing of our minds because we’ve been so programmed by the world to do things our own way. And as you know, the world’s ways and God’s ways don’t mix!
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Brothers and sisters, that’s why I emphasize the Word of God so much. It’s because that’s where our life is; that’s where the power is; that’s where everything we need is. But in order to get what God has already given, we must get it by His Word. That’s why Jesus said without His Word, we can do nothing but with His Word, we can do all things. What an awesome God we serve!
Purpose in your heart to get into God’s Word and get His Word into you so that you can do all things in Christ Jesus and live the victorious life He has for you! Praise the Lord of glory for His unspeakable gift to us!