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Abiding in Christ
Success in the Christian life isn't possible without Abiding in Christ!
What Does Abiding in Christ Mean?
Jesus told us...
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing...My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples" (John 15:4,5 and 8).
Abiding in Christ means that God has to be inside us and we have to be inside God.
God is inside all who are truly Christians. But not all Christians are abiding in the presence of God. I believe that we are to abide in Christ by drawing near to God and by experiencing His being near to us.
Abiding in Christ is far more than a heady theological idea. I am talking about living every moment with the person of Jesus Christ right next to you. I am talking about living every moment with the radiant presence of Christ all around you. I am talking about living in the throne room of God -- here. I am talking about abiding in the kingdom of God here. The Bible promises that to you.
I am talking about something that is real and that is realistic for you! This website and the ebooks are for showing you how.
Abidingin Christ is by Faith in God's Grace - But it Takes Work!
Here are two statements that are true but at first they can seem contradictory: 1). It takes effort to abide in Christ. 2). The presence of God that is necessary for abiding comes to us by His grace.
We have to work at abiding but we are only able to abide because of Godís grace. Abiding requires effort because -- much more than we realize, we live according to what the Bible calls works.
The reason these statements arenít contradictory is because we have to work at trusting Godís grace to draw near to us.
Repentance is necessary for abiding because our greatest tendency is to work at deserving the presence of God rather than abiding in His presence by trusting Godís grace. Elsewhere I explain that we have to work at resting. We have to work at training our heart to abide by God's grace.
A Repentance Toward Abiding in Christ!
The Bible says...
"O Ephriam, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; from Me comes your fruit" (Hos. 14:8b).
"It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses," declares the Lord, "and I am God" (Isa. 43:12).
We have to change from idolatry in order to have fruit from God and be effective witnesses. The quality of our witness depends on the quality of our repentance from idolatry.
I am convinced that idolatry of the heart is source of the problem. That is where we have to change. This website shows what that idolatry is and how you can turn from idolatry and toward abiding.
Please note that every time I talk about repentance it is always a repentance that is from those things that keep us from abiding in Christ. It is also a repentance that directs our heart toward freedom to abide in the presence of God.
Repentance that turns our heart from idolatry makes abiding easier and much more practical. That is what this website is about.
Meaning and Success in the Christian Life
Meaning in life is from the quality of our abiding. The Father is glorified by the work that He does through us. But we are abiding we also have to be confidently believing that the Father is actually the one who is doing the work.
When I get discouraged about abiding I am strengthened and I find courage by reminding myself of these next two statements:
1). Success in the Christian life depends on the quality of our abiding in Christ.
2). If we are not abiding in the presence of Christ the eternal value of that moment is lost. Without abiding there can be no fruit that lasts for eternity.
I hope you find motivation in these things too.
Repentance toward abiding in Christ is worth the effort!
I am praying for the Lord's abundant blessing on your efforts to direct your heart toward Him.
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