Where Would You Rather Abide?

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John 8:31-32, Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

To understand this verse fully, we must understand what the word, abide means. The dictionary defines it as: to remain; continues; stay; to have one’s abode, dwell, reside; to continue in a particular condition, attitude or relationship with; to endure, sustain; to withstand without yielding or submitting; to wait for or await. Of course that last one makes me think of Isaiah 40:31, “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Being an avid reader, it’s a rare case when I don’t finish the book or series I’m reading. I remember the day when the Holy Spirit asked me, “Why do you engross yourself in every book but mine?” Since He asked, I figured I’d be honest with Him. I replied, “Your book is hard to read. There are parts I just can’t get through. Holy Spirit, will you give me a love for Your Word and help me understand?” Since that day, I’ve committed to reading more of His book than any other and I have a deeper understanding of it. It’s all linked together so beautifully and shows me who I am and what is mine.

What is the truth that makes us free? It’s the Word of God. In John 15:7, Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Seriously? Why don’t we do this? Because we’re not abiding. We ask but if it doesn’t happen right away we move onto the next thing. It’s like our appetite, if we eat something and we’re not satisfied, we move onto the next thing but the reason our food doesn’t satisfy us is because it’s not alive. If we eat raw foods more often, our bodies would be satisfied. It’s the same with the living Word of God. He satisfies us with good things and renews our strength when we partake of His Word.

Father, give me a deeper love, a deeper hunger for Your Word. It is the Bread of Life. I draw on every promise in Your Book that is mine. I will abide in it until what I see in my spirit manifests in the flesh. Your Word is honey on my lips and health to all my flesh. It’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It leads me directly to Your throne where I can talk with You and worship You. Right now, I worship You and praise Your holy name. I thank You for Your Word and that it dwells inside of me and is alive, powerful and sharper than a two edged sword. Your Word is my weapon and it wins every argument and stands up to every enemy. Give me a greater understanding of how Your Word works in me. I want to be affective in Your Kingdom and for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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