John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” NASU
From time to time, we come face to face with truths and declarations in God’s Word, from the Lord Himself that we confess to believe but do not see the practical application in our lives and worlds. I have often questioned, in my own heart and mind, “Do I really believe that?” I also, ask, “Did God really mean what He said?” You may never ask those questions, but I have of myself and others. I seldom challenge anyone else with a truth that I have not reconciled in my heart and adopted its implementation in my life.
I wonder, at times, if we, the Body of Christ and the world of Christendom, believe some things theoretically but not literally. I know the answer to that but will leave it to you to answer in your own heart. There are some statements in Scripture so powerful and life-changing that implementation and adoption of them in our daily lives would be transformative beyond our wildest imaginations. This is one of them.
Any time Jesus said “IF” there was always a requirement on the part of His followers and a promise on the part of God. Here He addresses becoming one with the Word of God. I mean that literally, emotionally, experientially, mentally, ideologically, doctrinally, and spiritually. He said, “If you…” That is us. We are the you of this passage. The “If you” indicates an action and responsibility on our part. There is something that we must do to enter the doorway or the storehouse of His Promise and Provision as indicated in this passage.
I am 100% convinced that the reason this passage is not a current or constant reality in our lives is because we have not fulfilled our part of the equation. He said, “if you abide in Me…” We get that part right. I believe that when we come to Jesus in repentance and receive His salvation we begin abiding in Him. Of course, there are steps of maturity in our relationship, but we are either “in” Him or we are not. There is no sort of saved any more than there is a sort of pregnant. We are either born again or we are not.
The second part of the directive is where I have fallen short and would venture a guess that many of you have as well. He said that we were to ‘abide in Him’ but also that His Words were to “abide” in us. The word in the Greek is ‘meno’ and it means to stay in a given place, state, relationship or expectancy. It has the idea of permanence laced in its meaning.
Too frequently, we read the Bible but do not ingest that Word and allow it to become who we are. Are we one with the Word? Is the truth of what God says in His Word so much a part of our thinking and living that regardless of circumstances, conditions, situations, opinions, people, or anything, that Word is manifest in us as current reality? I suggest that it is one thing to ‘abide in Christ’ and another to have His word ‘abide in us.’
What is the Promise for those who are both Abiding in Christ and His Word is Abiding in them? It is mind-boggling! He says, “…you will ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Let me clarify a pertinent point in this. We must never forget the warnings of Scripture about asking amiss and for the purpose of feeding our own desires and lusts. God’s promise to give us the desires of our hearts is in direct connection with this directive of abiding in Him and having His word abide in us.
It is at this point that we have the desires of God as our desires and I dare not omit the incredible statement of I John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the request which we have asked from Him.”
The bottom line for me is, Abiding in Him and His Word Abiding in me. I believe that I have accomplished or am accomplishing the first part of that equation or directive. It’s the second part that has caused me heartache and disappointment. I keep seeking to know Him and asking the Holy Spirit to help me embrace the Word so fully that it becomes a part of me and becomes me. I want to make no excuses for my failures and the lack of the demonstration of His power at any time in my life. I want to press into the Promises and see the Atmosphere of Heaven a present reality. I want to develop the culture of the Kingdom of God in my life and live there daily. I want to be an Abider!
God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!