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John 15:4-11 New King James Version
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit; so, you will be My disciples.
So, to understand what Abiding really means, we need to take a brief look at the three main points to Jesus message while on earth –
- First, the kingdom of God and its coming. In a previous YouTube video & blog post
- Second, God the Father and the infinite value of the human soul. In a previous YouTube video & blog post
- Third, the higher righteousness and the commandment of love. In this YouTube video and blog post
This post will address the third and final point- the kingdom of God and it’s coming. What has this got to do with Abiding in God?- keep reading to find out!
Some folk think that God is ‘up there’ or ‘out there’. This kind of thinking stops you from coming into a relationship with God. If God is up there’ then he’s not ‘here’ with you. God is distant from you, and you are strangers. Therefore, you presume that you must attain something special to reach the God who is ‘up there’. There’s Great News!! The kingdom is not ‘out there’ somewhere; it has come to you through Jesus Christ – now all you need to do is accept it and live in it. There is no need for complicated routines or special spiritual qualifications. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we become a part of his kingdom; we are of his family. His presence, power, and peace live inside of us! What a gift God gives us when he sends his son to usher onto the earth God’s kingdom and uses you to do it! Jesus explains this to us in the Gospel of John, chapter 3. Please read all the chapter to get the overall idea. And you will find the teaching in my YouTube video and in an earlier blog post.
Because the kingdom is in you, you can abide in God, which means to abide in love. God is righteous and is the very essence of love. If you abide in Jesus, who is love, you will bear fruit of the same. So we will now briefly look at HOW you can abide in this God of love. When Jesus ministered on earth, he encouraged us to cast our burdens upon him. Jesus captures the core of your hurt, the frustration of feeling alone and abandoned to himself. God promises to help you. Take Him at His word. Using your imagination, see that God is with you and using faith, believe that you are not alone. Someone is there; love itself is there. The Lord replied:
My precious, precious child, I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.
Footprints in the Sand- Mary Stevenson
To engage with this is called having faith. Right now, stop and drink in His love and peace, be still, take a slow, deep breath and breathe out…. And move into the below reflection…..
- Repeat the reading over until you feel peace in your soul. It’s not a quick fix; take your time. But more than feeling the comfort, you are engaging with the warmth of God.
- Now, as the despair or doubt begins to dissipate, allow it to give way to faith and abiding in God. Now, open your eyes and take a good look around once again; take in your surroundings. Appreciate what you see and begin to re-focus. – take your time as you come to the end of the reflection.
- At the end of your reflection upon that reading, offer a short prayer of thanksgiving and praise. Practice this reflection several times over a period; it is there for you to dip into whenever you need to.
The next time you’re feeling frantic and stressed, and you’re wondering how you’re going to make it through the day, open the door to Christ, ponder upon Psalm 23. God, who is your Shepherd, who is the very essence of love, is ready to embrace and walk with you, abide in you through the darkest valley. God is anointing your head with oil (healing balm) your cup overflows (you have more than you need). Your eyes adjust to the darkness of the valley and find that you cannot see God, but you just know God is there, and you are abiding in him.
Psalm 23 makes powerful declarations of the love, care and provision God has for those who choose to follow Him. Allow God the Shepherd to guide you along His paths, knowing He has everything in hand.
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