The Vine

Feb 22, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;
apart from me, you can do nothing.”
John 15:5


If you want to know about God’s pruning, please read John 15:1-5. I have written about that multiple times and, ouch, it hurts, but it transforms us for God’s glory, so it is well worth it. We won’t go there this time.

What about you? Did it bring change for the better? I hope so. It did on my end. So it is worth it then if it helps us bear more fruit for God. Pain and all. Well worth it.

Today we learn again how Jesus is the vine, we branch out from the true vine. God helps us grow, spread, and branch out for Him! And here is the real clencher… apart from God we can do nothing! NO-thing, nothing, zilch, zero. Let’s get that. If we don’t abide by God’s grace, we won’t be able to accomplish anything worthwhile in this world.

Such radical thinking in this day and age of “self-reliance”, “self-care”, “self-advancement,” and “self-glory.”

I know on the days I ask God for help and direction, motivation and strength, I accomplish way more. The other days trying to accomplish things in my strength are much less productive!

So I learned long ago to lean on God. Really lean on God for strength, wisdom, His grace and power to propel me through the day! What about you? Is “apart from me you can do nothing” relevant in your life? Or do you begin your day without ever asking God to lead the way? I still have those days. They are not very productive compared to the days I commit to the LORD.

My goal in writing this blog is to glorify God and to encourage others to live for Jesus. May the words in the chosen Bible Verse, encourage your spirit on this February day 2024. As we realize “apart from Christ you can do nothing”, our lives take on new meaning.

Relying on “the vine” to empower us daily with strength, direction, motivation, wisdom is the key to living in my humble opinion. It is the motto on my Business Card (John 15:5) and is what I hope to encourage each person who comes for support with most.

Learning to rely and abide in “the Vine” our LORD Jesus is the key to life. Apart from the vine, Jesus, we are nothing, we can accomplish nothing of value.

We need to be in communion in prayer daily with a strong, personal relationship with Jesus.

Our goal as Christians daily is to abide in Christ for strength and empowering grace.

Have I got that point across yet?

Perhaps you know all this already.


Perhaps you need the reminder like I do often?

Apart from Jesus, we can accomplish nothing.

Hold that thought. Never let it go.

I’ll be there holding on as well.

In Christ’s strength,




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