It’s Monday. I’m late on my devotion but I have been mediating on this word…this one word the Lord gave me…
The word abide has a few meanings, according to the dictionary. Namely, to tolerate, to wait patiently, or to endure. However, there’s one definition that caught my attention: to accept without objection.
We come to the Lord out of hurt, anger, depression, and the world’s attempt to destroy us. It is our pain that pushes us to seek for better- a chance to begin again and what better way than to accept the offer presented to us through Jesus.
As time goes on, if not careful, our worship and praise is no longer recognizing God for who HE IS…but rather, what He can do.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
Here is what I learned about abiding: You cannot ask God to do, and He does, IF you are not abiding.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 NKJV
Jesus is saying here, if you (accept without rejection) Me, and you (accept without reflection) my word, THEN you can ask what you desire and it’ll be done.
On the other hand, the opposite of abide is bail. If you bail out, give up, leave, move, pack, exit, take-off, you have shown that you reject His words and do not accept what He says, and therefore you cannot ask what you desire and expect for Jesus to grant your desire.
So here’s the evening thought: Are we abiding or just visiting?
Do you accept what the word of God says or do you question its authority and ability to change your entire life?