learning to abide

Today as I spent time with God, I had a strong sense in my spirit that I need to learn to abide in Him.

From Merriam-Webster: Abide-to stay; to wait for; to endure without yielding; to withstand.

In the N.T.-meno (abide) to stay or remain, endure.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. Jn. 15:1-11

How often during my day do I think about my vital connection to God like a branch and a tree? How often do I think I can bear fruit by myself? How often do I seek to abide in His Word? No wonder God is leading me to abide in Him. How God must yearn for me to abide in Him. To be continually connected to Him. How God must yearn for me to bear much fruit. How He must yearn for me to come to Him with desires in sync with Him. How He must yearn for me to abide in His love. And all that I would experience His joy and that my joy would be full. When was the last time I was full of God’s joy in my life?

That’s the next step for me on the journey….:

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