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BRANCHES ON THE VINE

Before writing this post I came to God in prayer.

I wanted to ask Him to help me write the post. I wanted to give Him my mind and my hands, to become a vessel He could work through to write the words He wanted to share with you.

But before I could do that, I first had to do something else.

I had to confess the bad attitude I had towards my husband this morning [Wednesday]. 

We have plans for this weekend, but there is a possibility that we might not get to do what we have planned due to my husband's work situation and his health.

He hasn't been feeling well, but I have faith that God will heal him. But when he told me we might have to cancel our plans because of a work related issue, I wasn't impressed.

I had all these negative thoughts about him running through my head. I even blamed him for feeling sick!

So before I could come to God and ask Him to use me to write this post, I first had to confess my sin and receive my forgiveness.

I did exactly that.

I also told the Lord that I want to place our plans on the altar. I want to be okay with it if our plans fall through.

But I need His help.

I know I will fail without Him.

In John 15 we read about Jesus calling Himself the true Vine, while He calls us the branches.

In verses 4-5 we read: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."

Jesus couldn't have made it plainer to us: Without Him we can do nothing.

We need Him, no matter what the situation.

We need Him to help us, to work through us, to empower us.

In fact, we need Him to live through us, because we are even powerless to live a life for God apart from Jesus.

But with Him....

....with Him we can do all things.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

So I gave our plans to the Lord.

I trust Him to help me, to strengthen me, to be okay with whatever happens.

I know it will be His best, even if things don't turn out the way I hope.

I want to be a branch, just hanging on the Vine, bearing fruit because I allow Him to bear fruit through me.