Faith and Hope

Abide

The most important factor in our walk with Jesus Christ is to abide in him. The more we abide in Christ, the more we will have peace, victory over sin, and be In His Steps. What does it mean to abide in Christ? Let’s first look at the definition for the word abide.
ABIDE:
to wait for
to endure without yielding
to bear patiently
to accept without objection
to remain stable or fixed in a state
to continue in a place
To abide has to do with the concept of ‘being’ instead of ‘doing.’ Doing in relation to the Christian walk is: reading your Bible, going to church, praying, witnessing, doing good works, fleeing sin, etc. These are all good things to do as a Christian.  These are things we should be doing. If we are not doing these things our walk with God and others will suffer.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.

 steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

–Psalm 89:14

However, if we are doing these things just because we are suppose to, or we are doing them in our own strength, we will not have victory or peace and miss out in having an intimate relationship with Christ. If we are not careful, we can become works oriented instead of Christ oriented.
Today we met with the pastor who preformed our marriage.  He said something very wise, “Sometimes when you’re reading a portion of scripture, you think, ‘Oh this will make such a great message!’  You’ll bless your congregation, but you yourself with not take any scripture to heart.  We can easily fall into the trap of forgetting our relationship with God.”
To Abide in Christ is to be in the ‘being’ mode. We still are doing the things that God has called us to, but we are doing it in His strength.

Romans 3:21-26

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift,through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus

Righteousness is a good and right relationship with both God and other people.

God is faithful to bring His children into righteousness with Him, erasing their guilt and redeeming them from evil.  Holiness is the fruit and behaviour of righteousness, and can only be attained through faith in Christ Jesus.

Abiding in Christ is about having an intimate relationship with Him.
The relationship is more important than the things we do or don’t do. The more we are abiding in Him, the more we will be faithful. We will hear His voice clearer, not be works oriented, and have more peace in our life. To abide is to experience His presence. Let’s explore the definition of abide: To wait for-We as Christians need to spend much more time waiting on God. By this we mean spending time with God, seeking His will, not jumping ahead of Him.
To endure without yielding-To be determined to experience God’s presence.
To bear patiently-To abide in Christ when we don’t feel like it. To be patient waiting for God to reveal His will and Himself.
To continue in a place-We need to spend more time, staying in His presence.
Why do you look forward to heaven?  Is is about a place?  Or is it about a person, that is, Christ?
If we are abiding in Christ, we can be assured that we will walk IN HIS STEPS and experience a little taste of heaven on earth.
Abiding in Christ is a process. We don’t get there over night. So don’t get discouraged if it seems hard to just ‘rest in Him.’
Enjoy the mountains, the ocean, the blue skies, the thunder and lightning, the green pastures, the hot desert…
As you enjoy God’s creation, you will sense His presence.
Abiding will come.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

–Philippians 1:6

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