When we ask Jesus Christ into our lives we are signing over our life to Him. Jesus Christ comes to live within each of us. Jesus says in his word: Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me. John 15:4
For our forgiveness we receive eternal life and the power to abide in Christ. We need to accept that responsibility and remain in Jesus Christ.
How do we remain in the Lord?
• reading God’s word continually
• having communion with Jesus Christ drawing on his strength
• obedience to God’s commands
• keeping ourselves pure from sins
• love each other
On this walk with the Holy Spirit my reading of the word has become a daily commitment. Reading the Bible was a way for me to get to know God when God told me He didn’t know me (Thirsty). Since then, I have widened my Bible reading to include many chapters and a devotional book that brings a fresh new insight to my Bible readings.
—Man does not live on bread alone—
The Lord says in his word (Scriptures) “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3) The word also says that “All Scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2Timothy 3:16-17) While you are in the Bible reading and reflecting God’s word you are being challenge by God to change. The Holy Spirit will prompt you with conviction to where you ask forgiveness and you can pray for a behavior to change. We have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10) There is healing in God’s word and that keeps me reading the good book because I need help. When I am not spending time in communion with God in reading the word and praying; I get lost. My time goes to other interests and eventually I fall into sin because I walk away from the light and enter into darkness. My heart feels guilty and I repent. I need to be hooked up to a source that breathes life into me daily. Holy Spirit abides in us and when we step away He will nudge you with songs of grace and words of encouragement until you surrender.
Why do we think we can do this life on our own? Why do we have to control everything?
When we laid down our life to Christ and He came to live in us. He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily to follow me. (Luke 9:23) You need to deny yourself the pleasures of this world and pick up the cause of the Gospel and follow Jesus. The only way the Holy Spirit can work in you is for you to let go of your control. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provided us with everything for our enjoyment…” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
Obedience to God’s commands leads to purity but disobedience leads to sin. We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (John 2:3-4)
A.W. Tozer said, “And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie (standstill) the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.”
—Truths that will set you free—
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16, 25)
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. (Proverbs 28:26)
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
—Love one another for Love comes from God—
God commands: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.
—The promises of abiding—
If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. (John 15:7)
No one who lives in Him keeps sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him…No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (1John 3:6, 9) Apostle John is saying here if you are born of God you will not make sin your life because God life can’t exist in you. Time and time you might lapse into sin but the Holy Spirit will convict you and you will repent.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1John 4:12)
There are many more promises throughout the scriptures but my hope is that you will search the word on your own.
—I desperately need you God—
If you decide that you are struggling too much to continue. Maybe you need to come to the throne of grace and give your life to Jesus Christ. Come now, do not hesitate the door is always open for you.
“Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.
I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgives me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgives me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.
I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Amen.
Thank you, Lord that you were born into this world to die on the cross and be raised from the dead; to save sinners like me and others. I come to you now and pray for the people who read our blog that they will remain in you until you come in your glory. I pray that we will know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. (1 Chronicles 28:9) So that we will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth before are living God. In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.