Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing


John 15:5 NIVI am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

I think that this is probably one of the greatest truths that Jesus ever gave us. It is where everything in essence starts and it is where literally everything finishes. Everything else is for lack of better words, just us spinning our wheels or us doing our thing and hoping it aligns with what God wants. We need to be in Christ and He in us, to be walking in the will of the Father. It’s just the way that it is.

I can’t claim to be successful at doing this, staying connected to Jesus, all of the time. I’ve spoken of the connection that I try to maintain, the oneness with God that I frequently have. But sometimes there are dry spells and sometimes life happens and my focus is distracted and sometimes my own personality raises it’s ugly head and I know from experience that it means I need to spend more time in His Word and more time in sincere heartfelt prayer.

And sometimes when I go to God in prayer, the words aren’t there because I feel like I am depleted, tired, in need of a recharge of His touch, His nod to go ahead and a connection or awareness that I know He hears me, that I am still one of His sheep and that He is still my shepherd. When my weaknesses again become self apparent to me, I know from experience that there is only one source that can keep me on track or in the groove that I need to be in. I know people say that we shouldn’t rely on feelings, and I understand that, but I also believe that like a man and a woman become one in marriage, there is an awareness of that union where that union or oneness is internally felt. When things are alright between a husband and wife, both know it and when they aren’t, both know it. I think our awareness of that union is similar to our union with God, where we too, God and us, become one in union. I don’t have doubts about God any more, that left me somewhere in the past. I know that He’s there, I know that He loves me and that He loves all of His children.

Jesus is my shepherd, since I gave my life to Him, He always has been, it’s just sometimes I forget and sometimes I don’t take the time to look for Him, to wait on Him. That’s always a big mistake. Everything, everything, starts with Jesus and everything, everything finds it’s completion in Jesus. If we don’t see that, I think we’re fooling ourselves. Nothing is too small, absolutely nothing, to bring to Him. And we do need Him, every day, every hour and literally every minute.

My best prayers are the honest heartfelt prayers, when I admit to Him of my need for His guidance in my life. When I admit to my own inadequacy, my shortfalls, my weaknesses in just about every conceivable area that I can think of. He is my hope. My weaknesses are overcome by His strengths. He is knowledge. He is compassion. He is justice. He is truth. He is the straight path. He is love. He does the Father’s will, always.

We all need to maintain that connection, He is our shepherd, He is our Lord.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!



Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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15 comments on “Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing
  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Good post; we need to be reminded often about abiding in Christ

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Bruce.Will you go to attaleuntold.worpress.com/ Sunday and put your two bits in. I have gotten myself in a tangle over there and don’t have enough answers. I’ve ask slimjim too so maybe one of you can come to my aid.


    • Bruce says:

      I’m assuming it’s the “Because it’s Sunday” post. I read through the author’s post and to be candid with you Beverly, I don’t see anyone there who is honestly looking for answers, they are basically stating their beliefs which obviously don’t include Christianity. I could present some links on archeological evidence for Noah’s flood but they probably wouldn’t be accepted and all you would accomplish is spending an inordinate amount of time, while accomplishing nothing. Not to mention that the topic of Noah’s flood is not an easy topic to discuss, primarily due to all of the conflicting evidence, and the interruption of that evidence. Another difficult topic to discuss is the Exodus from Egypt. There is, once again, evidence, but it is sparse and subject to disputed dating and a host of other considerations. The tone of most of the responses on that particular post by the author is very hostile to your comments and generally speaking, unless someone is honestly inquiring, it serves little purpose to quote scripture or infer that someday they will have to give answer. When Jesus ran into unbelief, which He did, He simply did not waste His time there and I would recommend that you do likewise. The general rule of thumb that I follow in spending time responding to questions is are they sincere questions or are they hostile questions. If sincere, I have to ask myself the question, is this an area that I have any relative degree of expertise in? If the answer to that question is no, then I admit that to the person with the question and recommend they find an answer to their question from someone who is qualified to give them a more knowledgeable response. With regard to hostile questions, unless the hostility can be put aside, I basically walk away. I hope this helps.


    • Bruce says:

      Hi Beverly, I did a post on the Flood and Noah’s Ark this morning, hope it clarifies some of your concerns. Grace and blessings.

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  3. Candice says:

    You’ve expressed it so well. I would like those dry times to never happen. I need that closeness with God in order to stay hopeful.

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    • Bruce says:

      I know what you mean but sometimes God even uses those dry spells to draw us closer. I find He is continually doing that, stretching our faith so to speak and it isn’t always fun. Fortunately it doesn’t last long. Grace and blessings!

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  4. Amen! Life is so much better when I recognize my utter dependence on Christ! Thank you for this powerful reminder, Bruce!

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  5. Bruce, you have voiced heartfelt concerns that we all have if we are sincerely desiring the work of the Spirit of Christ in us. I would have commented in your words in a comment above, but you have said it, “sometimes God even uses those dry spells to draw us closer.” He lets us experience those times so that we know what it could be like without Him. And, how much more precious He is when He draws us close again. Each time He is growing us in our relationship with Him.

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