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Abide in Christ

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Jesus says in John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”


What does it mean to Abide?

To abide means to “live” or to “dwell.” As believers of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in us as newly created "temples," for God to dwell in. If Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit is in us, we must also live in Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19). The rest of the verse explains that if we are not in agreement or alignment with Jesus, then the evidence to show that we have Jesus in us will be impossible (Galatians 5:22-23).

Self-Examination We cannot overlook the work or the position of Jesus in our lives, to get to God. If Jesus says He is the "Vine," and in another verse, the "True Vine," then He is the way to whatever we need or desire. Jesus says that He is the "Vine" and we are the "branches." We cannot succeed without Him! A self-examination would need to come into play when we try to do things, and ministry especially, without God's help or disregarding doing it God's way.

Philippians 2:13 ESV- "for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."

We have to make sure we are on God's time, doing the things that are pleasing to Him; doing godly things.

Jesus always Abides in us The Holy Spirit is Jesus' Spirit, so therefore Jesus abides in us. He doesn't leave to go somewhere else and then comes back, but He is always in constant communication with those who decide to listen to Him speak.

Since the word "abide" means to live or dwell, Jesus lives in us by making his home in us. Not just houses, but homes are where we are the most comfortable. It must be the same way for Jesus and the inner work He does in us. Is Jesus truly welcome in our lives? Do we really want Him to live there or do we just want Him to be a guest? A visitor?

He even says in Revelation 3:19, "look, I'm standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I'll come in and we'll eat together."

Jesus desires to go with us wherever we go. He desires to be close to us--in relationship with us. Relationships can't grow unless the people in it continue to get to know each other. Abiding in Jesus looks like continuing to be in His Word, His will, and being a part of the work He is doing on the earth! Jesus knows who we are because He abides in us. The same must also be said on our end.

How will we truly know Christ unless we abide in Him also?

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Beautiful! Great reminder to self exam and to make sure we are inviting Jesus into our “home” to abide within us!

Kasmin Tottress
Kasmin Tottress
Jun 15, 2023
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thank you! Amen!

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