ABIDING IN CHRIST

John 15:7-11

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7

Jesus encouraged His followers with these words: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7 NASB). What does it mean to abide in Christ? In the Greek, the word abide means “to continue, to stay, or to remain.”

Christ’s words imply a decision on the part of the hearer. You must decide whether to abide in God’s love or be drawn away by the tinkering sounds of the world. Every day there is opportunity to draw close to God or to distance your heart from His.

You can be sure of one thing: God will never withdraw His love from you. This alone is enough to fill you with unspeakable joy. The God of the universe personally and intimately loves you. Oswald Chambers noted, “Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water.”

Many Christians believe that living up to all the rules and regulations will somehow bring a lasting sense of joy. But Jesus tells us it is enough to simply live and love God.

Lasting joy is never a result of human achievements but a result of a life devoted to the Savior. Are you tired and weary from traveling the road of discouragement? Look to Jesus, abide in Him, rest in His care, and you will experience His tremendous joy.

Father, I am tired and weary from traveling the road of discouragement. Help me to look to You, abide in You, and rest in Your care.

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