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"My Lord encourages me today to “abide in Him” so that I “bear much fruit,” while reminding me, in no uncertain terms, that apart from Him I can do “nothing.” Thus Christ clears up for me the oft-confusing and discouraging concept of “willpower”: It is not a “power” at all, apart from Him. My “will” is only then a “willpower,” when it is in communion with Him, and connected to other “branches,” also in Him." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“How many smart people do we know that are self-destructive in their eating and lifestyles? How many people do we know that mismanage their money and get themselves in unmanageable debt? As we look in the mirror what do we know about ourselves that falls into unwise behavior? If we can point to some unwise behaviors we’d like to change it’s also useful to see how many of these things we have tried to change by our own willpower alone and failed.” (Sacramental Living)

“Through...struggle, we realize in intimate, personal terms that we cannot save ourselves. The power and the initiative always come from God. It is the grace of God that saves, not our willpower. But, if we want to know and feel the grace of God, we are not released from the never-ending struggle.” (Rev. Christopher H. Martin)

“Willpower can be a very good thing when we will to find God’s will. However…The moment we feel we can succeed and attain victory over sin by the strength of our will alone is the moment we are worshiping the will.” (Sacramental Living Blog, Richard Foster)

“To will God's will is essential. Without this, nothing can happen. With it, everything…But to will God's will we need help. We need, first of all, the help of God Himself. This means that we have to pray and to participate in the mystical life of God’s Church…In addition to the direct help of God, so to speak, we also need His help as it comes to us through others.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

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