"Apart From Me You Are..." Sunk!

In John 14:26 Jesus says: “The counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things.”  Not some things-all things.  What are the “all things” in your life?  What do you need to know?

In John 14:6 He says: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He didn’t say that He would show us the map. He is the map. 

Wow!  What great promises He has made to us.   Still...I get stuck sometimes, don’t you?  Whether you are alone or have many voices pulling at you, choices can get pretty confusing.  Life can get pretty confusing and even painfully confusing.  

The answer to that confusion is that our very personal and intimate relationship with Him on a day-to-day basis determines whether we are in the center of where we should be, in order to make the correct twists and turns to fulfill our continual purpose. 

He has also said in John 15:5: “…. apart from me you can do nothing.”

That whole quote is this:  “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.”  There it is again!  Our relationship is the key…to everything in life

But “remaining in Him” takes a conscious effort.  It is something we must do on purpose.  We have to be determined to “remain”.  It is so easy to get distracted from praying continually for His direction and will.  One minute we are trusting (and resting in that trust) and the next we are trying to figure out what we can do to “make it happen” or “make it happen now”.  How quickly we pick up our own methods and forget that we can keep leaning on Him!  And while we are using our own methods, we are stressing ourselves out and taking a few (or many) incorrect turns.

And yet….He is the map.  We can do nothing without Him.  Gosh, our humanness gets in the way, doesn't it?  Don’t you wish that when He entered our lives, He also would take away our old nature?  It’s kind of funny really; we war within ourselves and nobody is there but us and God!  Who in the world are we battling and why?  When I was a kid we used the expression “Me, myself and I”.  Mom used to say, “We are our own worst enemy.”  The English may be awkward but the truth is profound!

It’s the first of the year.  What a great time to remember that we don’t have to fight any battle on our own. Living with that knowledge can release us to anticipate, rather than dread, whatever challenges come this morning, this afternoon or next month.