Abide in Christ: May 1st

May1ALL YOU WHO HAVE COME TO HIM

He had prepared for you an abiding dwelling with Himself, where your whole life and every moment of it might be spent, where the work of your daily life might be done, and where all the while you might be enjoying unbroken communion with Himself.

Jesus, it blows my mind that you have made this a reality available to all who come to you: eternal, unbroken, intimate fellowship with You; the very One who meets all our needs and fulfills our every desire with Himself…and that You long for this fellowship with us. Blessed abiding.

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    rod
    May 2, 2015 at 4:45 am

    After reading on 5/1 and meditating on what it means to Abide in HIM, I am struck with a question: Is the LORD commanding us to Abide in HIM? Or is it more of an invitation like “come unto me?” Either way, I want to live and move and have my being in HIM. It just changes the emphasis if it is a command vs an invitation.

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      Larry Aubry
      May 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Hi Rod,
      I think it’s more of an invitation that places an emphasis on something that we need to do because He is omniscient and knows what we need before we do. I love what the author says about standing in the doorway of the King’s palace but not entering. The choice is up to us whether or not we enter. Maybe it’s more of a polite request, like an imperative statement. “Abide in Me”

      Larry

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    Larry Aubry
    May 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Two things really penetrated my heart. The first is the example of the author saying that we are not to just abide ‘WITH’ jesus but instead we should abide ‘IN’ Him. The second was the follow up of just standing in the doorway of the King’s palace. The Duke and Duchess of York are celebrating the birth of their new baby and people from all over the world have flocked to England to be part of the event. One lady flew to England all the way from the state of Oregon in the US. She is waiting outside the hospital and will not leave until she catches just a glimpse of the new princess. She will never know the joy of being invited into that family celebration, she can only just stand in the doorway and watch from a distance because she is not part of the family. It’s so amazing that our Lord not only has adopted us as sons and daughters which means we are part of the royal family, but He said to come on in through the doorway and to rest IN Him. What a Lord!
    Larry

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    Bridget Babione
    May 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Brothers, thank you so much for joining the conversation!

    Larry – I, too, loved the picture of actually entering into the palace. And the tie in of the present “royal” family was great!

    Rod – I honestly don’t know. Can it be both? A command in the form of an invitation? All I can think of is how clear Jesus is when He says that unless we abide in Him, and Him in us, we can do nothing. That’s pretty black and white. Without abiding; nothing. With abiding, much fruit. And He doesn’t give us any other way of being fruitful…

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    rod
    May 5, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Thanks Larry and Bridget, your responses are very helpful.

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    christo swanepoel
    May 7, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Love the comments, please change the verification process, I need to get my calculator every time ;-). My 2 cents…. for me it is like standing in water and the invitation and the command is “Realize you are wet…”. For to us in Christ, this is reality and stays reality, we just miss out by not being in that moment of truth… I am wet!…. I am abiding….

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