“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
Swindoll Charles R.
I am tired of walking around in circles, yet I only have myself to blame. I am addicted to escapism. I have such a colorful array of thoughts and dreams–I get lost in my own mind and trance. I wish so much about how my life can be and not obey what God has told me to do. The problem is I keep trying to overcome my sin in my own power, to believe in the power of the human spirit, instead of relying on the power of the Holy Spirit. I rather believe in my own power, because in the end I love my sin, and I want to be independent of my weaknesses and of God.
How foolish, am’ I?
Self sufficiency and Christianity do not belong in the same room. Self-sufficiency is a standard by which all human beings seek to attain, but none achieve. To be self-sufficient means to live entirely independent of anyone, to be well emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. However, the Lord God is the only self-sufficient Person, and He will forever be the only self-sufficient. Humans, on the other hand, are interdependent. We have needs. Without food and water, we do not have the strength to take our kids to school, go to work, clean the house, talk to clients, or complete any day to day tasks. Without shelter, we become victims of the environment. Our great dependency continuously is evident. So why do we live as if we are not dependent on the grace of God?
In John Chapter 15, Jesus explains to His disciples how He is the root, the True Vine of all things, especially in spiritual matters. “4 Remain in me, as I also 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.” (John 15:4)
If we do not abide in Jesus, remain in Him how can we understand the scriptures and the teachings of God’s Word. Jesus brings understanding for out of His mercy, He did not leave us as orphans but imparted unto the children of heaven the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth. If we do not remain in Jesus, His Spirit and Power cannot produce the fruits of the spirits; He commands us to bear. No Christian is good on their own, and there is no virtue we can create without Jesus to cleanse and fix the situation.
Patience, peace, joy and all the fruits are not natural human responses. Circumstances, tragedy, and negative experiences condition us to be impatient and less forgiving to our friends. No one has to teach us to be rude and indifferent to the suffering of others, we act rude all on ours, even us believers.
Staying connected to Jesus Christ the source is so crucial to our spiritual growth and Christian success on this Earth. Jesus Christ lived His Earthly life, depending completely on God’s provision to meet every physical and spiritual need, every time giving God the opportunity to be glorified. Jesus lived a dependent life out of example for us to show us how much we truly need to abide in Him. In the end, we need to stop lying to ourselves. We cannot live the Christian life without Jesus; we’re branches, we need to remember our role in God’s plan.
We cannot do what the True Vine can.
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