In John 15:5, Jesus declared: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
The word “abides” in John 15:5 means to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry.
The Lord expects us to abide in Him–remain consistent in our relationship with Him.
When we abide in Him, we are strengthened and empowered to do what God has called us to do. We bear good fruit. When we fail to abide in Him, we are powerless and our works are fleshly and unfruitful.
The latter is where the devil wants us to be. When we stop abiding, we desert our Shepherd–our protector. We take our focus off of Jesus and put it on something else (usually manufactured by the devil). It is this thing(s) that we start to focus on and follow and it leads us astray.
Ask yourself: Am I abiding in God? Am I consistent in My relationship with Him? Am I doing those things that draw me closer to Him and cultivate my relationship with Him?
Am I spending time communing with Him through Bible study, prayer, and worship?
Am I growing in the knowledge and revelation of Jesus Christ? Is my nature being conformed to His nature? Am I keeping His word and commandments? Am I bearing the fruit of the Spirit?
If you answered “no” to the aforementioned, it’s okay. Confess, repent, and turn away for anything that is stopping you from abiding in the Lord. Ask God to reveal those things that are keeping you from Him and He will.
We have a few short remaining months in 2022, and I plan to abide in the Lord through them all.
Will you join me…good! I was hoping you would say yes!
Tomorrow, and in the remaining days ahead, be intentional and consistent in your relationship with the Lord.
Put Him first. Before all things and above all others. Each day, make the decision to do those things that keep you close to the Chief Shepherd: our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤