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by Dr Andre and Jenny Roebert
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 | Reading taken from John 15:4 (NASB)
John 15:4 (NASB): "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."
The word abide means to accept, follow, and dwell. When Jesus tells us to abide in Him, He is calling us to a relationship where we accept His ways above our own, follow Him wholeheartedly and live inseparably connected to Him. When we are one with the Spirit of Jesus, we begin to see and reason things from His perspective. Our thoughts become agreeable to His thoughts - which are always positive, uplifting, and full of wisdom and life. Those thoughts always give rise to godly emotions, such as peace, joy and feelings of hope and expectancy. Of course this way of thinking, compounded with those positive emotions, is going to influence our attitudes and the words we speak. Instead of grumbling or complaining, our words are different: they're going to be constructive and optimistic, producing solutions instead of adding to the problems. What a different place our world becomes when we are vitally connected to the Lord. That's why we never want to find ourselves disconnected from His thoughts or active Presence in our lives. To abide in Him is the only way to remain productive and fruitful, as we constantly receive His wisdom, strength, and power to overcome everything that comes our way.