Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4
Does God reign in your life?
- Abide: To remain; continue; stay, dwell; reside. 2. To continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship. 3. to put up with; tolerate; stand. 4. To endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting. 5. To wait for; to accept without opposition or question. 6. To pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
In order to truly abide with God, we need to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. And we definitely need to be praying at all times. He does God desire us to abide in Him? Basically because his primary intention in creating human beings (Adam and Eve), was to be with them and around them. God, even in the Moses days designed the tabernacle and the Temple with King David to have a place to dwell. Today God wants to dwell in our bodies, which is why He says “our bodies are the temple of the holy spirit”. But how can we make room for God in our lives, if we are constantly running after and thinking of fleshly things?
Obedience is how God proves our love for Him.
When we give to others what has been given to us by God, we bless our own lives and we bring God closer to us. Our relationship with God is cultivated and maintained through prayer, worship, fasting and reading the word. But as I always say we can do all that and still not be renewed in our minds. We either get distracted, we become bound, or we neglect our prayer life with life’s responsibilities. But our relationship with God is extremely strengthened with two things: obedience and servant hood.
One of the people in the bible which we should be extremely grateful for, is Paul. Paul was obedient no matter what, He truly died to his flesh and lived to honor God. He even became what He needed to become in order to minister to others. He also rebuked Peter, for being a hypocrit to the gentiles. Peter hung out with the gentiles, but when the Jews came around He would pretend as if he was not hanging or living like them (free of the mosaic law). Paul was beat, imprisoned, faced spiritual wickedness in high places, but he found it worthy, all because it was for God’s good news to be known. In Acts 20:24, Paul says some incredible words : “My life is worth nothing, unless I use it to do the work assigned to me by Jesus our Lord.”
Lord, may your mercy and goodness follow us all the day of our lives. Help us to be more obedient to your call to preach the gospel, and also to love as you have loved. May we begin to die to ourselves and make decisions, that reflect the new resurrected nature which you died to give us. Forgive us for doing our own thing, and help us in this area. In Jesus name, Amen.