The Benefits of Abiding In Christ
There is no way wild birds like this can be this calm and if I were feeding them, they would be fighting and flying in a circle.
This hub is a powerful revelation concerning the thousands of promises that are available to the believer.
Jesus said in John 15: 7 that if we abide in him and his words abide in us, we shall ask what we will and it shall be done unto us.
Abiding in him means committing all of our life and its happenings to him. No matter what may befall us, we are to remain in him. Since we get our life from him who is life, we are to live in him and have our being. In order to abide in Christ the true vine, we need a way to get in the vine. God provided a way for us to get in and the way is paved with his precious blood. The way we get into Christ the true vine is when we trust and accept him as Lord and Savior.
Many people today tend to use God as a spare tire and call on him only when they need him. Beloved, this is not abiding but a type of manipulation and remember that Galatians 6:7 says it all from a Holy God.
7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
We cannot do our own thing then run to him for protection. God’s promises are to those who remain and abide in the vine. The vine is our connection to life. I read one time about how a vine would grow and every so often would produce a hard spot for a branch to grow out of. The vine would grow runners that would actually cross to make the hard place to bring forth a branch. The runner would form a cross at this junction. The runner from the left would grow to the right and the one from the right would grow to the left thus making a cross for the branch to shoot forth.
This excites me as the branch and the vine are joined at the cross. Our wonderful creator is revealing his plan to redeem mankind which was kept secret in the God head from the foundation of the world and he is doing it through nature. We get our life nutrients from the vine. It is like the blood running through our veins. We must be connected to the vine in order to live the abundant life as recorded in John 10verses 9-10.
Jesus said that he came to give us life and that more abundantly. I have listed these scriptures for you below and ask that you please read carefully and get them in your spirit.
9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Dear reader, we need the spiritual connection to the vine. If a branch is cut off, the vine still lives because the life is in the vine. John 14th chapter records our Lord instructing us to abide in his Love. If we are abiding in his love then we are not walking in darkness but get fresh revelation and direction for each day we are blessed to live. If we are abiding in him and we get into trouble we can claim his promise in Psalms 91:14-15 that he will be with us in trouble. Yes, Friend, his promises are to those who abide in him the true vine.
14 “Because heloves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
There must be a connection between the branch and the vine for the branch to live.
We learned in the earlier chapter that the vine will form a knot to grow a branch.
The branch and the vine are joined at this knot. This knot is a union of life to get the nutrients to the branch that it can bear fruit. To bear fruit, the branch must get all of its strength from the vine.
The branch cannot grow fruit unless it is properly connected to the vine which is its life.
This is why Jesus wanted to reveal these truths to his disciples because it is essential that they keep a right relationship with God and their fellow servants. We are made to partake of his glory when we abide in the vine.
The vine is our source of life that gives us what we need to bear fruit. Bearing fruit is what our Christian life is all about. It is why we are saved that we may be a light in a lost and dark world. If we love the Lord and have his love for souls, we will bear fruit.
When I accepted Christ into my life, his Spirit began a work of grace in me and I became under new management.
I am no longer my own but have been bought with a great price. God’s Spirit is now at work producing his character in my life.
Church, it is time to wake up to the call and task upon us and strip ourselves from the love of this world and the love of self. Yes, and turn to the Lord with our whole heart with fasting and our prayers being saturated with our tears until we hear from heaven. Let us remember that our view of the Living God will affect our view of our fellow man and as the word says, "How can we say we love God whom we have not seen and hate our brother whom we have seen who is made in his image and likeness?
Dear reader, Jesus is the doorway to God and Jesus had already defeated Satan. God’s church shares the same authority of Jesus.
Colo. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
We can look at our problems through God or we can look at God through our problem? Let’s exchange our faith for his, trust him and soar?
Christ is the risen Head of the church, and its members are subject to him. In the name of Jesus, we can break Satan’s hold over us because we are under a new authority.
21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come.22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
We discover in the verses above that Jesus is the head of the body which is the church. We as the church of Jesus Christ are under the authority of Jesus. Because we have surrendered our life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, we are no longer under the authority or rule of Satan. Because we live a surrendered life, we are not under the control of superstitions, curses, or charms. Satan is the god of this world but we are no longer under his authority or control. We find in verse 21 of Ephesians that all things are speaking of the various orders of angels, demons and powers. In verse 22, we can see clearly that Paul is not speaking of church affiliation. If we are abiding in Christ the true vine, we are under new management and leadership.
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