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Abide in God’s Word
Bear His Fruit
WHAT is “His ABIDE”?
Reading/Reflecting/Relating/Responding to God’s Word
The Lord is eager to feed us, how eager are we to be fed?
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15
“His Abide”, is based on scriptures found in John 15: 1-17 . It is a personal, intimate approach to God’s Word by written application in writing a summary, personal reflection and prayer ( See page 15-18– The Process).
It is time spent in prayer and meditation upon His Word in a way to listen and apply what we hear the Holy Spirit, say. It is personal communion with the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the way we approach God’s Word expectantly, to hear His voice and as it is applied, bear His fruit.
After repenting and coming to faith by hearing and confessing the gospel’s truth, the believer is born again into the Kingdom of God where Christ reigns in the believer’s heart. (Romans 10: 8-9 ). As the believer obeys His Word- and commandments to love, Jesus Christ’s character is developed in the believer to do good works.
The Word becomes Rhema– the living Word within the believer’s heart; personal Communion with the living God.
(Matthew 26:26-27 , Revelation 3:20 ).
In times of need the Word implanted within the believer’s heart brings forth illumination into the believer’s circumstance.
Illustrations: I recall having a disagreement with a teacher co-worker. I knew I was right, but I read God’s word concerning if anyone had anything against us, to make peace with that person before presenting our petitions before the Lord, I also recalled the Lord saying, “Blessed are the Peacemakers”, so in response, I put away my opinion and apologized to this person for not handling the situation right. We soon became friends and began to help one another with our jobs. (Matthew 5: 9, 23-24, ). Another time it was a Christian co-worker I had the disagreement. This time I knew I was wrong, but had a lot of pride. Again, both words came to my mind and out of obedience I apologized to her and swallowed my pride. Again, the one in contention became my friend, and I learned something about a bad attitude I wasn’t aware I possessed.
And then recently, I recalled how I threw in the towel after volunteering at a home for unwed moms because I perceived after many attempts to go and teach, they were taking advantage of me, and did not value my work or time. Much later, I recalled His Word – “Pray for those who despitefully use you, and to “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”, and “do all things as unto the Lord.” These Words help me in my present situation where it seems the same thing is repeating itself where I’ve been called to minister. Instead of feeling offended, I am seeing to continue ministering and be patient and persevere until the Lord’s work is done.
(Luke 6: 26-30, Colossians 3: 23-24, Galatians 6:9).
I see it is not about me, now, but it’s about Him and others and what the Lord would want me to do – “to pick up my cross and follow Him.” The character of Christ is patience and long suffering. Now I can do this work with joy and wait for the Lord to bring about His fruit as I continue sowing His Word into the lives of others.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9