THE ABIDING ISSUE – Part Three


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

Abiding in Him and having His Words abide in us is a significant challenge.  It cannot and will not be achieved with superficial Christianity.  I am not suggesting that we become eerily spiritual in our lives but that we completely commit our entire selves to God.  He becomes the first thought of our day and the last thought as we retire in the evening.  He is our Hope, our Source, our Strength, and the reason we do everything we do.  It is in Him and through Him that we live and exist.  We are conscious of Him all the time.  I did not say we felt something all the time but that we are conscious of Him, His Word, His Purpose, and His Precepts.  Our lives are becoming one with Him completely.

He promises that “IF” we abide in Him and His words abide in us whatever we wish or ask will be done for us.  I love 1 John 5:14-15 – “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  That is nothing short of incredible! 

The Psalmist declared in Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  The next verse is equally powerfully declaring, “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”  Also, if we consider the promises of Psalm 91, we are blown away. 

The man or woman who dwells in God, in His secret place, which is the picture John 15 paints of ‘abiding’ in Him and His words ‘abiding’ in us.  The promises are that we receive deliverance and protection from the snares of life and pestilence.  We discover that we are fearless because fear is banished.  We have the promise that although there are calamity and disaster all around us it won’t touch us.  The angels of God are commissioned to watch over us and protect us.  There is even the promise of long life and the promise that God will answer our prayers.  That is amazing! 

Joshua 1:8 is incredibly powerful and holds a great reward.  It says, “The Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.” 

How about Psalms 1 and the picture of the blessed man.  He is the one that is ‘abiding’ in God and God’s words are ‘abiding’ in him.  The passage God used to bring me to salvation was Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 

I have to ask, “If God promised a place that we could have answers to all our prayers, why are we not living there?”  I would also ask, “When did God stop being God?” If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever as the Bible declares and He did things once, ‘Why Not Now?’” 

I do not believe that God makes any statement in the Bible that includes a Promise or Provision that is somehow unavailable to those of us who believe.  In Isaiah 55:11 the declaration of God was that His word would not return to Him without fulfilling His decree.  In Numbers 23:19, God challenged Israel with the question, “have I not said it, and will I not do it?”  What is it that God says that He either cannot or will not do? 

I want to dwell in His Presence in the here and now.  I pray the prayer He instructed in Matthew 6 and believe that God would never have instructed us to pray that way if it were not possible.  He would never have said the words of John 15:7 if they were not possible.  If I were to adopt the mentality that some of God is Word is for me now and some are not, I would be terrified that Salvation is also no longer available.  God is a Covenant Making and Covenant Keeping God and He Tells the Truth.

Therefore, if I am not getting the answer to all my prayers the problem is not with Him.  I am tired of making excuses for God when something does not happen that I am praying for.  He doesn’t need my excuses and they do me no good.  If I ask according to His will, He says that I have what I have asked.  In our scripture, we are considering He says that if I abide in Him and His words abide in me, I get what I ask. 

Therefore, rather than finding excuses as to why we don’t have that a reality in our lives why not seek to find out why not and commit ourselves to press into His presence? It is my hope that each of us will become more like Him and lives more fully manifest Him and His word.

God bless you as you enjoy this beautiful day in Jesus!