Abiding in the Word
How many Christian people do you know who are bearing no fruit? Jesus said, "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. (John 15:4)
The meaning of the word "abide," means "to live" or "to dwell." So, to abide in Christ, means to live in Christ together as one person. Jesus Christ and the Word of God are one in the same (John 1:14). So, if we will abide in Christ, we will abide in the Word.
If we will abide in the Word, the Word will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go (Psalm 32:8). He will also guide us to pray according to His will and our prayers will have a guaranteed effect.
I love the scripture that says, "Ask the Father anything in My name and He will give it to you." (John 16:23)
Although this scripture is an encouraging promise, it is not a license to treat God as some cosmic bell-boy who should come and cater to our every whim. James 4:3 says, "You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your own lusts."
Yes, we are to live abundant and prosperous lives. That is our duty as Christians, for we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20). We are to be blessed, but also, we are to be a blessing.
Living prosperously is not just for ourselves, but also for others! "Work with your hands that you may have something to give to him who has need." (Eph 4:28)
Every person is created unique, with different characteristics, skills, and abilities. These are gifts that are to be used to produce good fruit for the Kingdom of God. I believe if we will abide in the Word and use our gifts we will be successful.
Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Daniel N. Brown is an entrepreneur and teacher of biblical success principles.
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