Abiding in the Lord

Jesus said, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you" John 15:7. The word abide means to remain, to be steadfast; it implies a staying, a steadiness, a keeping on. Abiding comes by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God working and dwelling in you.

The secret of the law of abiding is prayer and obedience, because, without obedience, our prayers are ineffectual. If we obey and do as God leads, then we have that privilege of abiding. Also, in the Word, abiding requires self-denial. It is very important to deny self in order to remain in the abiding. When self is assertive, we cease our abiding. We are to take up our cross and follow Him, which means we deny self and follow Christ no matter the cost. In our daily submission to Christ, we become a servant given over to the will of God - instead of self - doing his will on Earth as it is in Heaven!

We must also trust in the Lord! This is another big part of abiding. We are to have a childlike heart, meaning we are to lean and depend on the Lord for understanding and wisdom. Without the love of God working in us, it is difficult to abide. Love is the chord that holds the abiding. God's word of abiding produces faith. There must be a child-like faith, believing, trusting, and persevering. Abiding must be permanent and continuous and sincere. Praise also has a great part in abiding. It's getting alone, praising and honoring the Lord, giving Him glory, thanksgiving and gratitude.

Remember, the power to abide and do all of these things is not in us! It is in HIM! It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to abide in God; for Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In abiding in Christ, there is a relationship and a fellowship. There is something that cannot be explained or told in our earthly minds. In this abiding, the heart hears, the soul listens, and there is the refining and cleansing in Him as we abound in Him!

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