Abiding

Abiding simply stated means to remain or to continue to be present.  How do I continue to be present when my time and attention is required for someone or something else?  The same way that I would pray without ceasing.  By carrying the awareness of our Fathers heart, His thoughts and His ways, we continue to be present with him. To ask ourselves, what does the Father want me to see and learn about Him in this moment is a powerful way to learn his nature and his thoughts as we continue to feed upon his words.  


So much of our lives are lived on remote, doing without thinking, speaking without considering, yet this place of abiding holds the condition for our place of asking.  


  Who and what determines our desires?

Jesus’ instruction for prayer in Matthew 6 began with the exaltation of our Father.  His name glorified, a desire, a hunger for His kingdom and His will (seeking first) before we every get to the place of asking.   


What I am endeavouring to communicate today is abiding is a huge responsibility BEFORE asking.  If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done. 


We know that James and 1John admonish us, knowing His will gives us confidence in our asking.  We can’t know without attending to the word and abiding in Him for wisdom and revelation.  The letter kills but the spirit gives life. There must be daily communion with both word and spirit.


Abiding, we are enabled to live in John 14:13  “whatever you ask in my name, this I will do…..14: If you ask anything in my name I will do it.”


Jesus sets the standard for our asking to not only be done from this place of abiding, but requiring it to be done in his name.


The amplified translation of John 14:26 “the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf],….. “

shows us how the Holy Spirit conducts himself on behalf of Jesus. We can glean an insight into “in the name of Jesus” being more than casual use or religious terminology.  Do you see what is required to be IN the name of Jesus? In His place, representing HIM and then acting on His behalf are essential to using His name.   

This means, if Jesus were physically present this is exactly what He would do or say. That’s a huge responsibility.  No more off the cuff praying, but a sincere seeking to accurately represent Jesus is the moment. 


Our union with Him is to be so vitally abiding that we are confident we only do and say what we hear Him decree. We act from knowing. Jesus’ greatest desire was for us to be perfectly one with the Father, doing the greater works that glorify him.


If you abide in me and my words abide in you - you shall ask what you will and it shall be done. 


He's Always Right!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes …… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith…. Romans 1:16-17


For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith”.  Literally the Greek reads from faith “into” faith.  In other words, Gods righteousness is revealed to those who have an eye to see and a heart to believe the gospel declared. 


How can you believe unless you hear and hearing leads us “into” faith or a place of believing God.  Our verse tells us today that this gospel reveals the righteousness of God to us and then tells us, “the righteous shall live by faith”.  From now on, because we have been made right in God’s sight, we do right, by faith.  We do what is right because we accept it is right by faith. I like the way the Amplified translation adds to the word righteousness; His way of doing and being right. 


All this is done by faith or believing what God has said.  Romans 3:22 reads “…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…”.  


It is the way of life to continually find ourselves choosing to believe Gods word above all other things (thoughts, feelings, natural realities) that present contrary evidence. I like this phrase from the book of Hebrews, “we understand by faith”.  Some things our head just doesn’t get, but our hearts receive and believe, and that’s okay, because Romans says it is with the heart one believes, not the head. 


We start with the heart, renew the mind and agree with God to live out His way of doing and being right.  How can two walk together unless they be agreed? 


Paul preached the gospel because it reveals God’s heart and mind. It is only by knowing the heart and mind of God and agreeing with Him that we are right in His sight with our words, actions and deeds.  Agreeing with Him will always leads us into salvation. 


Isaiah 55 shows us a people who are hungry and thirsty spending time, money and energy on things that cannot satisfy.  The prophet, by the word of the Lord, calls them back to a place of listening BECAUSE the way they were hearing, thinking and walking was are not in line with Gods thoughts or ways.  In returning and aligning with God they find Heaven’s rain bringing refreshment to their souls.  


As our minds our renewed to who He is and how he thinks, we are conformed and transformed into His image.   Just like Jesus was the exact duplicate of His Father in Heaven (“if you have seen me you have seen the Father”) we too are predestined to conform into the same image.  


Every moment, of every day, there is a word from these holy scriptures that will lead us and keep us established as the righteousness of God, (His way of doing and being right).   As we fill our hearts and minds with His word and presence, it becomes easier for the Holy Spirit to steer our lives into paths that are right in His sight.


The gospel is the power of God unto salvation revealing Gods way of doing and being right for all who believe, living with assurance that His way is the better way.