"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me" John 15:4
Earlier this week this verse came to me as I was plugging in the blender in to the socket to make oatmeal flour. The only way for this blender to work is if I plug it in to the power source but doesn't that parallel to our own lives? Often times we struggle to reach our life goals because we fail to connect to the true power source. We connect ourselves to willpower and self motivation, which has limits and often runs out during hard times. I know in my own life willpower and self motivation only took me so far in my weight lost and when the hard times would come it's power would run dry and I would gain the weight back. It wasn't until I realized that I wasn't connect to the true power source, which never runs out and has no limits was I able to lose the weight. God's power kept me pressing forward even when the scale don't move. You often hear people say, "Be your own motivation" but the problem is that your own motivation will run out especially when you're in the battle. God as your power source you never have to worry about His power running out. The only problem we have to worry about is remaining connected to God's power source. There are so many times during my own weight-loss journey that I fail to abide in God's power but I'm not perfect that's ok because with God I don't have to be . ("His power is made perfect in our weakness") The great thing about our heavenly father is he is always there waiting for us to be connected to him. He wants more than ever to be your coach and your trainer. His love and power is enough to help you achieve the hardest goals or overcome the biggest battles. The struggles to take control of your health will be there but if you abide in God's power you can press on through any obstacle in your way. It's not easy but with God it's possible.
God says: "You provide the obedience, I'll provide the power"