Abiding in Christ
Where is your abode?
An “abode” does not refer simply refer to to a physical home; that is, the place where people park their car and go to bed each night. For Christians, our “abode” is more than just a street address; it’s our true “dwelling place.” It is what we place our trust, hope and faith in on a daily basis.
For someone who is not in Christ, the “abiding” may be wrongly directed toward self, in family or in career achievement. But Christians are called to abide in Him and Him alone for all of our needs. Only when we allow His Holy Spirit to have complete control of our life, and acknowledge and embrace our utter dependence on Him, can we claim to “abide” in Him.
We take comfort in it, we trust it and we know it to be true. As John 15:4 states, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (ESV). Where do you abide?
by David Mathis
Jesus is Lord over feast and famine. Lord over homeruns and strikeouts. He is Lord over touchdowns and fumbles. Lord over web-gems and errors. He is big enough to be relatively unimpressed with your greatest accomplishments and kind enough to be gentle in your greatest failures. He is Lord not only over champions, gold-medalists, and MVPs, but also Lord over losers, failures, and the disqualified. (read more)
by James A. Fowler
Christmas does not find fullness of meaning for any individual until they allow the Christmas reality to transpire within them personally by the introduction and indwelling of the life of the risen Lord Jesus. Then Christmas comes alive and is enacted every day as we allow Jesus to become the incarnate expression of divine character in our behavior within our families, our workplace, our culture, and wherever we might be. (read more)
by Kevin Seacat
Three Levels of Life
We can conclude that there are actually three levels of life:
- Unbelievers who have no Holy Spirit
- Believers indwelt, but not filled with the Spirit
- Believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit as described in Ephesians 18.
The Abiding Room Video
Although believers have received salvation, very few of us live our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. Few Christians are aware of what it means to live by the Spirit--to be led by the Spirit in their daily lives as God intended.
To “abide” is to live, continue, or remain; so, to abide in Christ is to live in Him or remain in Him. When a person is saved, he or she is described as being “in Christ,” held secure in a permanent relationship. (read article)
by John MacArthur
John MacArthur’s comforting and convicting study "Abiding in Christ" provides rich, vivid insight into Jesus’ last words to His disciples while He was with them. It offers clear instruction about the Lord’s provision for bearing spiritual fruit. You’ll also discover both the benefits and the cost of being connected to Christ. (listen, read, download)
by Andrew Murray
Based on John 15, Andrew Murray provides 31 days of meditation on what it means to abide in Christ. (read articles)
Abiding in Christ means to be one with Him by faith. It is to live in conscious dependence upon Him, recognizing that it is His life, His power, His wisdom, His strength, and His ability operating through us that enable us to live according to His will. (see lesson)