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"IN"

Updated on October 27, 2011

In the Vine

No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain IN the vine (John 15: 4)
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain IN the vine (John 15: 4)

Love is a wonderful thing

IN

For a little word it has a tremendous impact. This word affects everything I say or I do.

What do you picture when you hear “IN”? Here are some of the things that immediately come to my mind.


Being IN love:

Safely tucked IN their beds...





Safely IN bed:

Home Sweet Home




IN my home:

Safe Under His Wing

The Psalms accentuate the importance of IN; particular the idea of what I am IN-to! What gets my attention and brings me "feelings" of safety.

The Psalmist has strong direction to give aid in this question.

Psalm 91: He who dwells IN the shelter of the Most High

Will rest IN the shadow of the Almighty


Psalm 16: Keep me safe, O God, for IN You I take refuge!


Exodus 12

The spectacular event of the Passover also comes to mind


If one was not IN a home whose door frames were painted with the blood of the lamb specifically chosen for this occasion there was death, the firstborn – had to be IN


And we are all firstborn IN Jesus! We must come IN under the safety and refuge of the Blood of Jesus.


A clear lesson of IN


Who am I IN to? Everyone is IN to something.


Am I Into...

Myself?
Myself?
A Hero?
A Hero?
Art, my art?
Art, my art?
My Writing?
My Writing?
A Hobby?
A Hobby?
Maybe Sports?
Maybe Sports?
A Job?
A Job?
Food?
Food?

What is it that makes me feel safe, loved secure? If it is anything other than Jesus, it will be short-lived; it is false. A diabolical deception!

Jesus spoke of being IN Him. Abiding IN Him as He is the vine – the life-giving vine – and we are the branches. (John 15:1-17 – there are 15 “IN’s” in just this specific passage.)

IN Jesus is the ONLY place to find eternal security, love, peace and much sought after rest. People are tired because they are chasing after true rest which can only be found IN Jesus.

Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus invited…“Come to Me, All you who are weary and burdened, And I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and humble IN heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

IN Jesus I WILL have rest.


“IN”

A fantastic word

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      deborrah...thank you so much for pausing to read...the savior awaits as he has held out his hand with the invitation to come and rest...all we have to do is accept...he has done all the rest...remarkable...blessings to you my dear sister...

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Ulrike Grace, Lovely! The Illustrations are just as wonderful! As you so well stated "IN Jesus is the ONLY place to find eternal security, love, peace and much sought after rest. People are tired because they are chasing after true rest which can only be found IN Jesus." AMEN! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks James, no matter the context...the word means nothing if its not attached with/to Jesus... I can be "in" love but if I am not "in" Jesus when in love, my love means nothing! Blessings to you

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Wow. That's some pretty deep applications of such a simple word. I enjoyed your Hub. Thank you for this pleasure. :)

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      MONICAADOLEY thank you for stopping to have a read...bless you this christmas season...may His love increase in your heart...

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      MONICAADOLEY 5 years ago from PORTLAND

      Such a great thought,,all pointing to the One we should be abiding "in" always,,thank you!!

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      THank you AEvans for taking the time to stop and read AND comment. I am glad that it was a new thought for you the word "IN". It was for me too. and now I am so aware of it! Blessings to you...

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You have completed the word "In", I have never thought about the word until now. If we are "In" the word of God then we do not have anything to worry about. I enjoyed this hub and your pics are beautiful. :)

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Tamarajo...what a good insight...it is God who brings us in and keeps us in...its his strength and love that accomplish all the good things in our lives...thanks for stopping to read and leaving a comment. Appreciate it! Blessings to you Ulrike Grace

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Pamela99...thanks for stopping and having a read...AND commenting, appreciate it. Blessings to you...Ulrike Grace

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      RevLady! Thank you, coming from you your comments mean a lot! Jesus so generously and graciously invites us IN....and in our "state" (whatever that may be at the time) we enter gladly...its the staying "IN" that is the hard work as our own lusts and desires as well as the temptation of the enemy and the world attempt to draw us out! I believe its something, I amyway, have to always be aware of and diligent in persuing. Thanks for your comments...blessings to you...

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Eddie-Perkins...welcome to my hubs...always glad to see a new face....I am glad you have enjoyed the hub...blessings to you, Ulrike Grace

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      coffeesnob....my dear heart...I am glad to see you here yet...I haven't been here for such a long time as I have been working on a significant writing project. It amazes me how time gets eaten up and away. THAT is why I have to remember to stay IN Jesus as then my time is HIS to use as He has the wisdom to apply to His purpose. Blessings to you...and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Inge, I am so glad this could help some. Being "IN" Jesus is what helps most in all our troubles and issues. You mean a lot to me. Love Ulrike Grace

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      prairieprincess...you are always so faithful to comment...thank you very much for that in itself, it is so encouraging...I know I need to get better at that...in is such a fabulous word that I could just go on and on...there is nothing more important for us as Christians than being and staying in Jesus. It would heal so much of what ails us...blessings to you prairieprincess

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Loved this revelation. I think that is what the entire Bible is all about being in or out of covenant with Him. We see throughout all of time Him doing everything to bring us back "in".

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Beautifully laid out hub with an excellent message.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      What a profound creative approach to expounding on the word "in." Very inspiring with a great message of spiritual truth. Thank you.

      "In" His name,

      Forever His

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      Eddie-Perkins 6 years ago

      Love this - glad I found your work ~ eddie

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      coffeesnob 6 years ago

      Very Nice Dear. Love your work!

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      Inge 6 years ago

      Ulrike, yet once again, you give me some profound insight on what is most important in life ~ my life. We're going through a bit of unpleasant time and this Hub is helping. I now know what I have to concentrate on. Thank you so much. I love you dearly, sweet cousin. You and Robert be blessed.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      I love this word study on the word, "in." It is a very good question to ask, what are you "in to?" I hope that I will be more in to Jesus Christ and less in to my own things. Blessings ... thanks for the words pointing to the LORD!

      Such a lovely hub that gets its point across.