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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

abideəˈbʌɪd

accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation)

  1. synonyms:comply with, obeyobservefollow, keep to, hold to, conform to,adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, upholdheed,pay attention to, agree to/with, consent to, accede to, accept,acquiesce in, go along with, acknowledgerespect, defer to

John 15 v 5 - 8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

WHAT does it really mean to abide? To remain in Christ? In a recent Bible Study group we discussed this in depth and it was so refreshing and encouraging to truly delve into the depths of this word. 
  A B I D E ......

I came to the realization that the very act of abiding in Christ is captured so poignantly in Psalm 91 v 1
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”
It is a secure, steadfast, safe space where we allow God to work in us.. It is not a place of self effort and doing ; but a place of being and allowing..

As we immerse ourselves in His presence we are brought to a beautiful place of understanding, of Christlike obedience and hearts transformation .  In a fast paced world of fleeting comfort and transitory relief, this passage serves as a daily reminder to remain in Him.. because only God and His love will always remain.

Lord, may we revel in YOU. Soak in the captivating beauty of your love, immerse ourselves wholly and find our delight in you. To live daily entranced and enchanted..mesmerized! 

Thank you for  peace, hope and an undeterred knowing that we may remain in you. It is an unshakable, unmovable trust not misplaced upon worldly traditions or empty philosophies but based upon the truth of your word. 

 May you live today - may you remain today - may you abide today in the love and freedom already purchased on your behalf..
 Galatians 5 v 1 " For it is for freedom you have set me free."













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