Are you abiding?

Week beginning: 8th July, 2018 | By Alan Taylor | Torquay

"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 (KJV)

"For just as the branch cannot bear any fruit unless it shares the life of the vine, so you can produce nothing unless you go on growing in me"
– J. B. Phillips

The picture which Jesus paints of the vine and the branches indicates more than the need for the believer to be close to him. It indicates, as J. B. Phillips points out in his rendering, a need to share and grow in him – in practice being part of him.

This comes about through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can carry us throughout our Christian lives (see, e.g. John 16:12–15, Romans 8:5–11). In all aspects of our lives: professional, family, social, spiritual, Christians are called upon to remain faithful to their Lord, to abide in him, to consider what is the Christian answer to any situation that may arise in all walks of life. That answer should not be that of the natural mind, but of the mind being renewed (see Romans 12:2) as we share our lives with Jesus. The longer we go on with the Lord, the more we should develop our ability to hear from Him through His word and His Spirit, because we abide in him – forever.

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,
the darkness deepens: Lord with me abide:
when other helpers fail and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, O abide with me.
(Henry Francis Lyte)

Prayer Points:

1. Praise God that we are empowered through the Holy Spirit to abide in our Lord! Give thanks that we have renewed minds to be guided into all the truth.

2. Pray that as God's words abide in us, we would bear fruit for his glory.