Jesus spoke frequently to His disciples about abiding in Him.  To abide in Him means to remain in Him.   Abiding in Christ requires, first, that we OBEY God by keeping Christ’s commandments (John 15:10, 1 John 2:5-6). If we regard sin in our hearts, we cannot be fully filled with the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18). We will still have the Spirit, but we will be hindering and suppressing Him such that He cannot accomplish His will within us because of our hardness of hearts (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Secondly, abiding in Christ requires that we recognize, acknowledge, and by faith live in light of the reality of our dependence upon God. John 15:5 makes it clear that, since Jesus is the vine and we are dependent branches, we need Him. Jesus says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” He will give us all of the resources and strength that we need to be able to do the works which He has prepared for us to do (2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 2:10), but we must YIELD to Him, SURRENDERING our will and desires to Him (Zechariah 4:6).


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