John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.” NASB
Part one of the equation and the fulfillment of the Promise requires us to ‘Abide’ in Him. That ‘abiding’ must be done 24/7/365 and be a total commitment not compartmentalization of aspects of our lives and being. It is ‘abiding’ In Him with our whole being. I wish I could tell you that this passage is a daily and constant reality in my life, but I can’t. Yes, I love God and am committed to Him, but I cannot say that whatever I wish or ask for I get all the time. Now let’s consider part two of the equation.
AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU…
It is one thing to ‘abide’ in Him, in Jesus but what about His words ‘abiding’ in us. Consider this in the same manner as you considered the 1st part of the equation, ‘abiding in Him.’ Is the Word of God one with us, all the time, in all situations, and in all places? Do we ever find ourselves operating in the flesh and trusting our own wisdom, thoughts, words, and ability? Of course, most of us do. Before you say, “But we are human so what else can we expect, I ask you to look at the verse again.”
The “if” is inescapable and it not only implies that there is something expected and required of us but that fulfilling that requirement is possible. If ‘abiding’ in Him requires 24/7/365 commitment and focus, then having His words ‘abide’ in us does as well. Paul instructed the Thessalonian Christians to “pray without ceasing.” How can that be possible? How can one function in life if you are engaged in prayer every waking moment and even in your sleep invested in the process?
It is through ‘abiding’ in Him and having His words ‘abide’ in us that we can pray without ceasing and stay focused on Him fully. It is as we become one with Him through Grace and one with His Word that we discover the possibility of praying without ceasing, rejoicing always, and discover the ability to manifest Him as well as represent Him in this present world. I call your attention to 1 John 4:17 where the apostle John brings our attention to God’s desired reality that “as Jesus is, so are we in this world.” He was not talking about what we would be when we get to heaven, here in the present.
How is He? Is He not one with the Father? He said He was. Is He not always making intercession for us? He said He was. In fact, if you examine the total of scripture you discover in the word of Jesus to Pilate that the Word of God is Truth and then in John 14:6 Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” So, the Word of God is Truth and Jesus is the Truth, is that a conflict? Hardly for in John 1:1 we read the incredible declaration that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So, if the Word of God is Truth and Jesus is Truth and the Word created all things, then we know that the Word is Jesus.
If we are to have His Words abide in us, we must have Jesus abiding in us and we must become one with His Word. I acknowledge the distinction between words and word. He is the Word, but His Words are those truths and principles He taught. I urge you to recall His promise that when the Holy Spirit comes, He brings light to the truth of God and guides us into All Truth which is the Word, which is Jesus. He leads us into the fullness of Jesus, and we are able to become one with the Word of Christ!
The Word of God transforms us. One of the ways it transforms us in through our thoughts or the ‘renewing of our minds.’ It is as we become one with the word that we learn to both abide in Him and have His words abide in us. In short, we become the physical manifestation of God’s Word. The Power of God flows to and through us. We are able to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus. We are able to demonstrate the Word of God in our lives.
Imagine living in a manner and being so completely united with Him and His Words that doubt vanishes completely! The disciples were channels of extraordinary miracles. That, I believe was only possible because they were ‘abiding’ in Him and His words were ‘abiding’ in them.
I am reminded of the account in Acts 19 where it speaks of the seven sons of Sceva who had observed the miracles performed by Paul through the power of the Holy Spirit. They decided to cast out a demon and thought it was a formula, so they declared, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches come out.” The demon was not impressed. The spirit said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I am familiar with, but who are you?” The results of that encounter would be hilarious were it not so serious and so true of too many today.
When we become one with the Word and the Words of Jesus abide in us as we abide in Him, we unleash the Power of Heaven and this becomes a very real fulfillment of the prayer Jesus taught in Matthew 6:10 – “Thy kingdom come…” It opens the door for God to be God in our lives and in our world. How can I doubt, if Jesus is living His life through me? How can I doubt, if I become one with the Word of God? How can I doubt, if ‘as He is, I am in this present world’?
We are half-way through our examination of this Promise, Problem, and Possibility. I hope you will join me for more consideration of this as we seek to see this passage become a daily reality in our lives.
God bless you as you run today’s leg of your life’s journey.