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My body of death

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

I am nothing apart from Christ. Anything I attempt to do in my own strength, regardless of what appearances may suggest, is a complete waste of time and will ultimately fail.

I am nothing apart from Christ. I know this and yet I constantly catch myself making decisions and enacting plans as if this truth did not exist. Far too often I find myself embarking on tasks without seeking God's wisdom the way I should.

What is it about us that even when we know what God's Word teaches, we still find ourselves operating as though we don't. I empathize with Paul more and more when he said "Who will rescue me from this body of death?"

I pray that God will convict and humble me to the point where the knowledge that I am nothing apart from Him will permeate every fiber of my being and the very idea of operating outside of that principle will be foreign to me. May He crucify my flesh and may I willingly submit it to be crucified daily.

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