Devotions

Blessings Of Abiding In Christ

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 11 February 2017

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READ:

John 15:7-13

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 15:13

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

EXHORTATION:

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nswered prayers (v.7):
Notice that there are two conditions to that promise. First, we must abide. Again, it indicates that the promise is only for real believers who continue to obey His words. Effective prayer is possible only where there is abiding faith in Christ and on His words. Only then can one conform to the Father’s will and ask according to His will that the prayers may be answered. When a person’s prayer is in accordance to God’s will, the result is certain: it shall be done unto you  (1 John 5:14-15).

Personal relationship (vv.8-10):
It will be most honouring to the Father that a believer bears much fruit. When a person glorifies God through fruit bearing, He shall call him my disciple. This is the kind of relationship that will exist between God and those who abide in Christ and bear fruit for His glory. This relationship is built upon His special love for them (vv.9-10).

Fullness of joy (v.11):
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (v.13). The Lord wants us to be filled with joy, but few Christians are. Churches have many people who are bitter, discontent, and complaining. But it is God’s design that we be joyful at all times. Why then do Christians seem to lose their joy? It is when we violate God’s will that we lose our joy. If we abide fully, we will have full joy.

The joy of those who abide in the true vine is unaffected by external circumstances, persecution, or the disappointments of life. Jesus maintained joy in spite of all the abuse He faced. We can experience the same joy Jesus had, if we abide in Him. His joy will flow through those who abide in Him.

THOUGHT:

Abiding in Christ is the key to abiding joy in our lives.

PRAYER:

Lord, may I abide in You, and experience all Your blessings.