I was meditating on John 15:4-5 years ago, and gained deeper understanding to this concept of ‘abiding.’
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. ‘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.’”
Abiding is more than location. It is taking on the complete nature of the vine. Oneness in identity.
When I choose to insist that I am unforgiven, useless, of little worth, I am not abiding.
Instead, in the vine, I am the righteousness of God, completely forgiven, and blameless in His sight. I am of great worth to God. He moved heaven and earth to make room for me at His side. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Abiding is first of all God’s choice. He opened the door for us to abide in Him. To continue to abide is our choice and a wielding our weapons of power 2 Corinthians 10:4-5:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”
God’s word releases God’s power. It activates faith, joy, love, patience, self-control, etc. God’s word is fertilizer, sunshine and water, producing good fruit on my lips and in my life. Keeping God and His Word our primary focus, declaration, and life, keeps us in that place of abiding.
Abiding in Him is choosing to live in a constant flow of His Word, bringing down all the imaginations, negative thinking and self-pity that war against the Truth.
Let’s live who we are, sons and daughters of the great I AM. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. In Him, we live and move and have our being. Be blessed. Live blessed. You are loved.