Abiding in Christ (Part 1)

The first problem I see within the lives of Christian women is the lack of abiding in Christ. John 15:4 says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” In James 1:25 we find this verse put in a different way but still meaning the same thing. “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” Let us look at the word abiding. Abiding means to stay in a given state, place, relation, or expectancy, to continue, endure, dwell, be present, remain, or stand. Continue means to stay near, to be permanent, or to abide.

I also am quite interested in the word: looks. This has such an interesting meaning. Now when we talk about looking at something, we are normally talking about glancing at that thing and that’s it. Many times children will say, “Look, Mom!” The Mom looks at whatever it is for a few seconds then goes about her business. This word – looks means to search intently, lean over so as to look within, look into, stoop down.

For instance, how many of you have contact lenses or know of someone that has contact lenses? Have you ever seen them lose one (or lost one yourself)? I don’t wear any but I have seen contact wearers do this very thing.

“Don’t move anyone! I dropped my contact lens and it’s down here somewhere!” and they search intently (and stooped down) for that contact lens until they find it. This is exactly what we are supposed to be doing! We are supposed to search intently, look within the ‘law of liberty’ or what we know as the Bible. It is important that we study what the Bible says. We can abide in the Bible through

meditation of Scripture,
memorization of Scripture,
reading of Scripture

I will share more another day. For now, let’s see how we can implement these things into our lives.

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