A couple of months ago, our youngest Joaquin wanted to go ice skating in one of the malls in the city. It wasn’t his first at it but I do remember the first time he tried. He held my hand most of the time and experienced a couple of slips and falls.

This time around, he still needed some help from daddy but mostly he was on his own. What a joy to see his skate!

While our goal is for our kids to become less dependent on us, we want them to become more dependent on God as they grow older. I’ve blogged about this in the past. You may read it here.

But at the same breath, as children of God, we mature and grow in our faith. However, the goal is not to become more and more independent from God. In fact, the more mature you become, the more dependent you become on Him. It’s actually the other way around. You depend on His Word. You depend on His ways. You depend on the directive of His Holy Spirit.

The more we mature in the faith, the more dependent we are to become on Him.

Question: What are some of the areas in our lives that we’ve operated in independent of Christ?

In John 15:5, Jesus said, “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.”

Apart from Jesus, we can accomplish nothing.
And apart from Jesus, we are nothing.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that reminds us that You are our Source. You are the vine and we are the branches. Without being connected to You, we have no real life. Help us scan our day and scan our lives to see what areas we seem to operate in without relying on You and Your grace. And when we see it, help us to revert to You for You are able to order our steps and that if we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct our path. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Blog Banners.001By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

Our deepest desire as Christ followers is to glorify God. But it is possible that in our attempts to do so, we end up doing just the opposite? We try to glorify God but it results in giving credit to ourselves because of self-effort.

Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches. We cannot accomplish anything apart from Him. When we are connected to Him, there is life. When we abide, we bear fruit – fruit that will last. On the contrary, if we are disjointed from Him, we may bear fruit, but unfortunately, it doesn’t last because we do it from the energy we conjure on our own rather than life that streams from the main Vine.

And this is the promise as we abide:

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

I pray that as we begin our week, we will abide not by our own strength but by the strength we are able to receive because we are connected to Jesus. Connect to Him by reading the Word, by conversing with Him through prayer and by walking with men and women who do the same.

Have a great week ahead!

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