How long have you been saved? It’s been 30+ years for me. There are days and weeks and months and years when I feel dry and far from God. I used to think that Spiritual dry seasons were a normal part of Christianity. Inevitable. You just ride it out and wait for the joy to come back. But today we will see that you don’t have to accept Spiritual dryness. There are 8 Ways You can Abide in Christ to Be Still Every Day that will be like floods of grace in your life.You don't have to accept Spiritual dryness. There are 8 Ways You can Abide in Christ to Be Still Every Day that will be like floods of grace in your life. Click To Tweet
Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
John 15:1-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Learning to Be Still leads to learning to Abide in Christ:
It’s hard to believe we are 31 days into this 40-day fast. How has it been going for you? Honestly, most of it has gone to plan but there were a few days I missed my time with God. Business slipped in and before I knew it the day was gone.
Grace. God’s grace covers all those kind of days (aren’t you glad) but if they are a habit rather than an exception it is all too easy for our enemy to slide in, get a foothold into your life and cause problems you didn’t bargain for (like spiritual dryness).
Oh, but I’m getting ahead of myself.God's grace covers all those kind of days (aren't you glad) but if they are a habit rather than an exception it is all too easy for our enemy to slide in, get a foothold into your life and cause problems you didn't bargain for… Click To Tweet
Today we are learning what it means to Abide in Christ or Abide in Me (God).
What does abide mean in the bible? The Greek word menō is used in our text and it means: remain, dwell, continue, tarry, endure.
Look deeper. What is the biblical definition of abide? We can break the definition of menō down deeper when we look at the Outline of Biblical Usage.
To remain, abide, in reference to a place, to sojourn, tarry, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually
Menō means To abide, in reference to time, to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure, of persons, to survive.
To Abide, in reference to state or condition, to remain as one, not to become another or different.
To abide, to wait for, await one.
Remain, to sojourn (stay or live life together with), to continue to be present with God.
How do you remain in Christ, God and the Holy Spirit? Well, to understand what Jesus meant we must look at the situation He was speaking into.How do you remain in Christ, God and the Holy Spirit? Well, to understand what Jesus meant we must look at the situation He was speaking into. Click To Tweet
The Context of John 15
Jesus and the Disciples had just finished the Feast of the Passover which we now practice in a simpler way to remember The Last Supper.
Some things to know before we begin about the context:
- In John 13 we watch with bated breath as Jesus dons the dress of a servant and washes the Disciples Feet.
- We listen as Jesus tells them how to Remember Him in Holy Communion.
- Judus sneaks out to betray his friend.
- We watch as Jesus comforts His Disciples who are confused about what is coming.
- Jesus speaks to Unity in the Body of Christ in a beautiful way.
- We see Jesus promise to send the Holy Spirit to comfort and help His believers.
Observations from John 15
:25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.
Jesus admonishes the Disciples to not be fearful of what is to come.
Can you imagine how the Disciples felt? Fear came as they watched Jesus be hauled off, falsely accused, tortured and hung to die on the cross.
For three years Jesus had been abiding with them. They walked with Jesus, talked with Jesus, asked questions, looked to Jesus for direction and wisdom.
How would they abide in Him now that He was gone?
That would have been deeper grief than I can imagine. Alone, hopeless, misguided. All very real emotions they would have experienced.
Until that morning they received the Holy Spirit, God with us to help us and comfort us. They would have understood them and remembered what Jesus said.
Applications from John 15
“Abide in Me”, Jesus said. Remain with Me, hear My words, think of Me, talk to Me, do life together with Me.
How can we abide in Christ today or How do you remain in Christ?
Just like you would abide, remain or live with anyone else. Spend time with them. What does that look like for a Christian?
Be in the Word, Pray and time in Solitude alone with God, Fasting, give freely of what God gave to you, gather together with other believers to talk about Him, serve others meeting the needs as the early believers did, and tell others about Christ.
That was a little fast. Let me break them down better for you.
8 Ways You Can Abide in Christ to Be Still Every Day
:7a If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you
1. Abide in God’s word (How to Abide in the Word of God to Be Still)
How do you abide in God’s word? Read it, listen to it, talk about it, think about it, learn it, apply it pray it. Abiding in God’s word leads to abiding faith.
What does abiding faith mean? Abiding faith is a faith that is more than words or name or going to church at Easter and Christmas. To live out an abiding faith you walk with God every day.
We will see how to abide in God’s word in Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:11; Hebrews 4:12; John 1:8
:7b ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
2 & 3. Abide in Prayer and Solitude (Abide in the Power of Prayer to Be Still with God)
Ok, I can almost hear you click away with that last word but hear a girl out. Abiding is about a real relationship. Most of my prayer time is a one-sided conversation. If I expect a real relationship I have to have time (quiet and alone) where I am listening to His side of the conversation. Solitude is a spiritual discipline we have lost but desperately need!
We will see how to Abide in Prayer and Solitude in Matthew 6:5-6; James 1:19; 1 John 5:14; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 5:44; Psalm 17:6; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6
:10a If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love
4. Abide in Christ freely with your time, talents and finances (Give Your Life Away to Be Still and Abide in God)
Jesus lived a life without strings and we see in the book of Acts that the early Church didn’t hold tightly to their stuff, their time or the lives.
The early church gave to support each other. Daily they spent time together (abiding) and helped build, teach, serve, cook, etc. They gave.
Giving is a beautiful way to Abide in Christ. To say, all that I have is Yours. Well to be fair, it was Yours when You gave it to me. Now I am just giving back a portion of it to love You and serve others for You.
We will see how to abide in Christ with giving in 2 Corinthians 9:7; Proverbs 18:16; Proverbs 11:25; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 3:9; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11; Proverbs 3:27; Matthew 6:2; Matthew 10:8
:8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
5. Abide in Christ through Fasting (What is the Benefit of a Fast to Be Still?)
Earlier in the gospels, Jesus said His disciples would fast and seek God fervently (when He was no longer with them). So we know to Fast and Pray is an expectation. And when we Fast, we bear much fruit, proving to be God’s Disciples.
We will see how to abide in Christ through fasting in Matthew 6:16-18; Exodus 34:28; Matthew 4:2; Esther 4:16; Joel 2:12; Ezra 8:21-23; Jonah 3:5-6; Daniel 1:12; Daniel 10:3; 1 Corinthians 7:5
:4b As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine
6. Abide in Christ by Gathering with other believers
There is rarely a healthy branch that is isolated. Branches of a vine gather together for strength and support. God knew we would need each other to get through this Christian life which is why He told us to Gather together.
We will see how to abide in Christ by Gathering in Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 18:20
:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
7. Abide in Serving others
How did Jesus love the disciples? He served them, He taught them, He met their needs. Jesus tells us to Serve others as He served us. Living life by Jesus example is another way we abide in Christ.
We will see how to abide in Christ by Serving others in Galatians 5:13; John 12:26; Hebrews 6:10; Joshua 22:5; Matthew 23:11; Mark 10:45; 1 Peter 4:10
:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
8. Abide in Christ by telling others about Him – Witnessing
If we love others the way Jesus instructs us we would want everyone to know about Him. There is a very real place, Hell, where people will spend eternity apart from God.
How many people in your life will be there? Will it be because you never told them about God’s love for them?If we love others the way Jesus instructs us we would want everyone to know about Him. There is a very real place, Hell, where people will spend eternity apart from God. How many people in your life will be there? Click To Tweet
That is a fear that keeps me always sharing. And listen, witnessing to the lost is not as scary as it first seems… at least not in America. It can be as simple as telling others what God is doing in your life right now. But we’ll go into that another day 😉
We will see how to abide in Christ by witnessing in Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-11; Mark 16:15; 1 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Isaiah 55:11; Romans 10;15; Matthew 9:37-38; Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 5:15-17
Final Thoughts on Abiding in Christ from John 15
What are the benefits of abiding the Lord?
:11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Abiding in the Lord teaches us how to experience the Joy of the Lord to the fullest measure. When we make abiding in Christ and being still with God a way of life we know and experience His Joy in any circumstance!Abiding in Christ is not a religious practice, it is a relationship practice that brings joy and blessings. Click To Tweet
A Prayer to Abide in Christ and be Still every day
Thank You for coming gown, indwelling us, making it possible to abide in Christ every day. You bring comfort and hope when life is hard. As we walk toward abiding more with God every day open our eyes to the practical side of this discipline.
Help us not to become overwhelmed with this or think of it as a to-do list. Abiding in Christ is not a religious practice, it is a relationship practice that brings joy and blessings. We will give You all the glory as you strengthen us and enable us to learn, apply and practice all 8 ways to abide and be still.