Monday, December 16, 2013

ABIDING IN HIM

"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered."
(John 15:6)
  
In these present times it is very critical that we find our place in Christ. We must enter into and develop a close intimate, transparent relationship with Him. 

The devil knows his time is short.  The light is getting lighter, and darkness is getting darker. If there was ever a time in history for us to know what it means to ABIDE in Him, it is NOW! 

Here in John we see it written, that if we don’t ABIDE in Him we will experience death. Life has the abilitiy to push us around, with its storms and challenges.  But it doesn't have to have the final say.

The Good News is that there is a way of escape, a way of safety, a way of provision, a way of victory during these storms of life.  To  “Abide in Jesus.”  to dwell in union with Him,  under the Shadow of the Almighty will produce our victory.

This is the one thing we are responsible for. The Bible tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He is always present. It is up to us to turn to Him and keep or eyes on Him.

If we keep our union and fellowship with Him intact, everything else will be taken care of.  I don’t care what kind of problem, and or circumstances  your facing right now, maybe your  life has been turned upside down, and inside out.  Maybe you feel like your running around like a chicken with your head cut off,  you don't know whether your coming or going. Even if you don't feel like you have the time to fellowship with the Lord, this is when you need to do it the most!

We need to learn what it means to ABIDE in Christ. To Abide means to dwell, or live. Again our Father will never leave us of forsake us. But we on the other hand, have a tendency to leave His side.

We get out from underneath His protection, where the thief can come and steal, kill and destroy us. We need to maintain our union with the Lord.  Every waking moment we must have a conscious awareness that we are in Christ, dwelling in union with Him.  I know that's often not easy to do. 

It can be very distracting when the storms of life are knocking at our door. Whether the storm is a sickness in your body  financial problems or family strife, the temptation will be to settle your attention and your mind on that problem. You won't even want to think about anything else. That's what the devils plan is. That's the reason he sent that storm in the first place. To distract you from fellowshipping with God. To draw your attention away from your union with Him.

Don't fall into the devil's trap. Instead, keep your thoughts and affections trained on the Lord. Keep your eyes on Him, by focusing in on His Word. As you do that, you will begin to form faiith, and His springs of life will begin to flow out of you. 

What the Lord says about any given situation will be the answer we need to overcome that situation . It won’t matter what the devil is saying and or doing, you are protected. You are safe! You are overcoming!  

And this flow of life will repel every form of darkness, persecution, and storm the enemy brings your way. It will bring you through the valley of the shadow of death and into victory every single time.  So make a quality decision every day to “Abide in Him!”