Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing? Does it applies only to God’s redemptive purposes or does it imply to everything we do in our lives. Yes in general, as said in John: 15. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.
It also depends on what fruits you are looking for. It is difficult to ask for favors of financial success, riches and money per say because it is not promised by God, not covenanted in Moses’ s stone tablets, not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not recorded in the Holy Bible nor written in the Holy Text of any great religions of the world. The fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience, love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness and self control. But what If everyone around us is working hard in their businesses and careers? Do we Christians become the bottom and tail of society then? As answered by Apostle Matthew: 6. 33. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. As Jesus followers we shall seek first the Kingdom of God then only seek those other non eternal things if you have the interest and determination provide we constantly have God in mind and not overrun by greed, envy, vanity and pride. In doing so we need to stay tuned Jesus’s ‘YouTube Channel’, in order for us to gain life and give life.
What type of ‘grape plant’ do we want to grow to become I.e. a positive, fruitful and juicy grape vine or a barren, negative and sour grape vine? We need to allow God to prune and shape our character to become the former type. I am [Christ Jesus proclaiming] is the vine, God is the gardener and we are the branches. When we plant we expectes it to bear fruits. It is something wrong if we are not fruitful. When we become fruitful, we attract other people into our lives. If we are not having a full life, something might be wrong some where, it is worth spending time looking into which areas of your life you still yet surrendered to God.
John: 15. 2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. Some decayed branches of our lives not only becomes a danger to us, also becomes a suffering to people around us and the consequences might become problems in our society and country. In order that we can live a fruitful life; Some areas of our lives that God wants to cut off. 1) Rejection of our life, 2) Previous heavy laden baggage I.e. pride, shame, envy, anger, unforgiveness, that drag us down when we need to run, 3) Bondage I.e. adultery, lust, liar, slander, cheating, idolatry, cult and demon worship, generational sins, etc.
God continues to prune after cutting, because He wants us to bear better and more fruits and to become a beautiful plant that is more denser and bushier. Why we need to continuously pruning off the branches of our lives? because it allocates more ‘nutrients’ to rest of the growth areas, by cutting off those dead areas. By allowing God to remove our ‘dead woods’, help us to become more focused, to live life of surrender to God. In order that God can create an even bigger dream in us, because those smaller things are not in the way.
There may be many ‘good things’ in our lives, but those things may not be the ‘Godly things’ in our lives. Allowing God for betterment us of our gifts and talents and to allow God to directs us to newer and bigger things. To trim away the rough edges of our lives. God also prunes out our character in order to get us ready and strong when we reach there. Before the time comes, resist from going to higher and tempting places where our talents and gifts enables but our character unable to sustain; we are going to suffer from big fallouts as a result. Then the big question is what’s the purpose of the gifts of skills and talents of God and Holy Spirit for if we cant use or wield them. The answer is simple if you plan to keep and horn those gifts, we need to continuously use them first for the kingdom of God on earth, else it will become dull and useless after some time. Of course any left over blessings after that are yours to keep and flex should your heart desires the challenge.
The biggest root of sins is pride, which is to choose to be independence from God and do not allow God in, because they are the ‘deities’ of their own lives. Simple principals, first by obeying His commandments I.e. follow me you win and disobey me you loose as learnt by Joshua as recorded in John: 15. 10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. The biggest problems nowadays is how we apply the Word of God in our lives and practice what we hear in church sermons and obey His commandments in the Holy Bible.
Second is to love each others as I have loved you as shown in John: 15. 12. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. As commanded by Jesus in Luke: 10. 27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. When we can love ourselves and others, Christ Jesus can shape our lives to make us become more fruitful and yet with ‘sexy slim shape’. In order to remain in God, we will bear much fruit as a result.