Abiding in Christ
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about abiding in Christ is we must not allow anything to separate us from Him. If we are going to be like Him, then we must abide in Him. Jesus said that if we abide in Him and His word abides in us, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. What does it mean to abide in Christ? Are you abiding in His word, His gospel, His doctrine, His righteousness, His holiness, His Love, His joy, and His peace? To receive from Him, and to be like Him, we must abide in Him. Paul admonishes the church at Rome, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11) The only way to abide in Him is to be persuaded that you will remain in Him. Paul said, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Sing: Lord I can’t even walk without you holding my hand. The mountains too high and the valleys too wide. Down on my knees, that’s where I learned to pray. And I can’t even walk, without You holding my hand.
Thought For Today: “Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31)