September 2016 Message by my South Africa sister.
Without Jesus You can do Nothing
I recently did a Bible study on "......for without Me you can do
nothing" - words Jesus spoke in John 15:5. Even Jesus did nothing which He didn't hear, or see, His Father God doing, so too we can do nothing without Him. That "NOTHING" to me is that we can do nothing of purpose or perfection or in God's will,
without Jesus being the Centre of our inspiration and motivation. The more we rely on Jesus and the Holy Spirit for guidance, the more we see success in what we're doing and the less glory we take for ourselves because we know that without our God, it wouldn't
have been possible.
Consider the following Scriptures:
John 5:19: Then Jesus answered and said to them: “Most assuredly I say to you, The Son can do nothing of Himself
but what He sees the Father do, for whatever He does , the
Son also does on like manner”
John 5:30: “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and
My judgement is righteous, because I do not seek My
own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
John 5:31: “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not
Jesus repeated the fact that He cannot do anything without seeing and hearing from His Father God. That indicates the importance
and sincerity of Him being depended on God for doing His will. How much more should we be depended on Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s guidance to do God’s will.
John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit,
for without Me you can do nothing”
Just as Jesus was depended on the Father for His work on earth, so too are we depended on Him. Being one with Him and Him in me, my efforts will be
His Holy Spirit working in me to bear the fruit of the Spirit – much fruit – which indicates fruit of value and abundance.
5:38,39: “ …… for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing…
……but if it is of God, you can not overthrow it.”
What God initiates and does through man, lasts! Our own efforts eventually comes to nothing. My plans should be the plans given by God – His
desires established by Him in my heart so that it will be fulfilled (Psalm 37:4). Being in God’s Will allows me not to worry about any obstacles for nothing will overthrow it, only I can when I give up!
2 Corinthians 3:5: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”
3:27: “John answered and said: A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven”.
God is my “supply”. With God in all I do, all that I think, wisdom that I need, interaction with people, received from Him is sufficient.
1 Corinthians 15:10: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured
more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”.
Sometimes we are just so tired and so hopeless, yet when we pray and commit our ways to the Lord, He gives
power to the weak and we’re able to continue – that’s God’s grace. We can do more than we think we can, but we’re tuned in to our own mental and physical tiredness. With God’s
grace He takes us further.
Without Jesus I can do nothing:
- I cannot enter heaven: John 14:6 “Jesus said to him; ‘I am the way, the truth
and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through ME”.
- I cannot receive or have the power of the Holy Spirit: 1 John 4:13; ”By this
we know that we abide in Him, and he in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. Acts 5: 32: ”…And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him”.
- I work in vain with no lasting satisfaction or hope of eternal life:. Matthew 16:26
“ For what profit is it to a man (or woman) if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”
Being in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit who is our Strength (power), Comforter and Helper that will guide is in all our ways, whether it is earthly work we need to do or spiritual service
for our Lord God’s Kingdom.(John 15,16)
So “Whatever you do, do it heartily
as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ”. (Colossians 3:23,24)
Have a blessed day, each day, as you allow God to take control and His Holy Spirit to lead you, giving Him the glory for your successes, for without Him we can do
nothing that will come to something.