“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Apart from Me you can do nothing. Is there any area in the Christian life where this is not true? Can the Gospel be preached, souls be won, the Bible understood, or prayers be lifted except that the Son of God is abiding in a heart that is abiding in Him? And what about overcoming sin or the pursuit of holiness? Can we suppose as the foolish Galatians did that what was begun within us by the power of Christ may now be completed through our own strength (Gal. 3:3)?
Nothing can be accomplished for the Kingdom of God except by the power of God. God never intended for it to be otherwise.
[Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.]