Monday, August 24, 2015

Abiding in the LORD

?! How is this done?!  

?! How can we abide in Him when everything is chaos?!

*Think on Heavenly things (Colossians 3:1-4), 
then contemplate His word (How did Bible people trust Him? How do people we know trust in Him when they have terrible issues?), 
and when all seems “black” then continue to trust as a child would in Him in all things, even, and especially when it seems impossible to go on.  

This is work, -not for sissies-, but for those who truly desire to draw closer and closer to Him. 

live in, 
draw near to,
take to oneself, 
keep on, 
go on, 
carry on,
waiting, remaining, hopefulness, ….

*Abiding is restful, peaceful, calming, there is anticipation in Him, hope in Him, complete trust in Him…

Abiding is not flippant, nor magic, there is no formula, you can not “turn it off and on”, …

Abiding is an effort of your mind and will, but it is spiritual work as you learn to trust Him more and more, no matter what is happening in your life.

John 15 -Abiding-
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 
3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 
6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 
8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. 
10 If you keep My commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 
17 This is my command: Love each other.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 
24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 
25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 
27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

Galatians 2:20  -Abiding-
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Colossians 2:6-7  -Abiding-
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him
7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 3:1-4  -Abiding-
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

My advice:

As a child, “keep on, keeping on”, and do it for Him—glorify Him!

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