"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" ~ John 15:5
"WITHOUT me ye can do nothing." How does this build faith? Simply because it causes us to step aside and let Him be what he wants to be to us. It forces us to pen our eyes in wonder and say, "So that's what He means!
Victorious Christian living is based entirely upon our remembering that Jesus was kind enough to remind us that without Him we are spiritually helpless. This is a source of great joy to me now (Eugenia Price, the author). Because He has brought me at last to see that I want "victorious living" far less than I want Him!
Faith seems automatic when I am in fellowship with Christ. I have His word for it that if I abide in Him and He in me, I will bring forth fruit as a simple and inevitable result of our being together. I believe Him.
Now and then He allows us stunning glimpses into the meaning of what faith really is. This morning, as I climbed the stairs to the room where I write, I almost stopped climbing halfway up. Suddenly I felt the tremendous benefit of my own need. Without Him I can do nothing and how glorious this is! It keeps me with Him minute by minute. It forces me to His heart. I must stay there. Where else would I go now? If only we would walk into each day rejoicing in our desperate need of Christ.
"Abide in me .... continue ye in my love ... without me ye can do nothing."