Abide in His Goodness

Rita Sutton

“Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.” If this old couplet is true, how does a woman ever refuel? By abiding in Christ. Simply awaken to Jesus’ presence, stay in tune with Him throughout the day, and expect great things from His hand. Walking side by side with the One who loves us empowers us to do all and love all, though sun and shadow.

Let’s begin to look at some scripture which talk to us about abiding in Him, and He with us. John 15:4 NKV,  “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, you are the braches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” For instance, grapes grow from a vine. The vine is the source which feeds the grapes. That is the same in our lives. God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are our “power” source. They can cause us to produce the best “fruit” ever. The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here and there to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No, it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almight.” (Psalms 91:1). If we are sheltered in the arms of God and in His love and power none of the darts of Satan can harm us.

“They that trust in the Lord shall be like Mt. Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.” (Psalms 25:1). You may trust in the Lord too little, but you can never trust Him too much.

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He might abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Here we find Jesus telling His disciples that when He leaves them and returns to heaven, He will ask His Father to send them someone else to give them power to make it. This person is the Holy Spirit. Abiding in God changes our relationship with our fellow humans. We cannot keep our heads in the clouds as we walk with Jesus on earth. We must deal day by day with others and through or actions show them the love we have received through the Holy Ghost.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have 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” ( John 15:9). The Lord is instructing us to keep His commandments He has set forth for us, and we will abide in His love. Jesus kept God’s commandments when He came to earth, lived as He did, and gave His life as a ransom for our souls. We’ve not been asked to lay down our lives literally, but to give our lives to Christ to be used as He wishes.

“I have come as a light into the world that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). The Bible states that Jesus is the light. If we live and abide in Him, He will show us the way and brighten our path. Abiding is an active service of trusting in God that demands much of us but also provides us with untold blessings.

“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked” (I John 2:6). To abide with Christ-to stay with Him and to learn from Him-is to continually receive eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to obey. When we walk as He walked we will not look at anything, or do anything that Christ wouldn’t.

“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal like abiding in hi.”(I John 3:15). The Lord is speaking with mighty and awesome authority. He condones no hatred whatsoever! His Word also speaks about if we can’t love those which we see, how can we love Him when we haven’t seen. Relating hating over brother and sister doesn’t just mean our siblings, but everyone. Also, hatred of them being as a murderer is serious business. We can murder someone with our words and our deeds toward and about them. Christ will not abide where there is sin. He abides where there is love.

“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). This scripture more or less speaks for itself. We belong to Christ if we keep His Word, keep our lives so constant in its contact with God that His surpassing power may break out on the right hand and on the left. We’re to always be in a state of expectancy and see that we leave room for God to come in as God enjoys doing.

Until next time, “Little children, abide in Him: that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (I John 2:28).

From My Heart with Love-Rita

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