What it Means to Abide

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I John 4:16
And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him.

God’s love is not an on-again, off-again relationship with believers who put their trust in Jesus. He wants us to abide in His love—even when we don’t feel like it.

The word “abide” means “to be held, kept continually, remain, continue to be present.”

In earlier days in the United States, a person could stake a claim on 160 acres of land. If they stayed on that land for five years, improved it by planting crops and living on it, they received the deed to the land. It was theirs.

There was a condition, however. During those years, they had to personally abide there. They could never leave their claim for longer than six months. Otherwise, they lost their claim to the land.

That’s the kind of abiding in love this passage talks about. Don’t waver in your love for Jesus if you want a relationship with Him. Settle down. Stake a claim. Let Him do the same in your heart and life.

Lord Jesus, I pray to continue in Your love
even when everything in me wants to run the other way
or give up and quit.
Supply me with Your love for others at all times.
Come, Lord Jesus. Stake Your claim in my heart.

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My place of Safety

Safe place

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?

The Lord is my light, my instruction. He rescues me. He is my place of safety, my victory. The existing One, the God who created the universe, is for me. I have no reason to be in dread of anything.

He delivers me. He is my protector, my stronghold, my safe harbor. He takes a personal interest in everything that concerns me. He cares for me.

He is all-powerful and sees all. Nothing escapes His notice. He is for me. I am His and He is mine.

He has overcome the enemy. Nothing can happen to me that has not gone through His hand first. Even when bad things happen, He has allowed those things to work for His glory. I rejoice in His constant care.

Lord Jesus, who am I to receive such tender care
and steady watchfulness?
Thank You for Your merciful heart
and guiding light, shed on my path
night and day.

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The Future

New Jerusalem

Isaiah 51:11
So the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Do you think of the Bible as an old history book? It might surprise you to know parts of the Bible haven’t happened yet. This is one of those future passages. When Jesus returns in the sky, just like He left (Acts 1:9-11), He will reign on earth for a thousand years from Jerusalem (Zion in this passage) (Revelation 20:6).

Those of us who have asked Jesus’ sacrifice to count for the punishment for our sins, will come to Jerusalem with joyful shouting. We are the redeemed spoken of here. Jesus’ blood has purchased us from Satan’s slave market. Eternal joy will be ours. King Jesus will drive away all sorrow, groaning, grief, and physical distress that will never return. What a glorious day that will be!

Lord Jesus, I long for the day of Your appearing,
for on that day, we will see You face to face.
Evil will be put to flight; our sorrows will be done away.
Illness will be gone. Our hearts will rejoice in Your presence.
You will dry our tears and replace them with joyful shouts.
Oh, come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!

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Judgment Day

beconing Jesus

I Timothy 2:4
(God) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God desires all humans to be preserved from danger, injury, and peril. He wants to keep us safe and sound, and restore us to health. That’s what saving means. He wants everyone to enjoy Him and His is protective care. He wants to deliver us from His final judgment.

Some people doubt there is a real judgment day. Jesus talked about that day in Matthew chapter 24. Revelation 6:16 says “and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;’”

Not everyone is going to accept His offer of life forever with Him in heaven. Some believe God is dead. Others believe He has no interest in our every-day lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

If you’re reading this you’re still breathing, it’s not too late. I urge you to bow before Almighty God and ask Him to cleanse you of your sins. He will welcome you with open arms.

Almighty God, who desires all people to come to Him,
I bow before You today.
Help me to know the truth about Jesus,
so I may be kept in safety on that day when Messiah Jesus
judges those who are not His.

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Our Unique God

Risen Jesus

Isaiah 64:4
For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

Of all the world religions of all the ages, there is no God who forgives sins, who came to earth to tell us of the One True God, who offered His own self on a cross as payment for our sins, and then died. But there is more. Then He arose from death, appeared to multitudes of people, rose into the sky, and will come again.

In the meantime He sent His own Spirit to live inside us to give us His wisdom and counsel, His guidance and direction, His presence and peace to those who will adhere to, long for, and wait for Him.

God is truly a magnificent friend who never leaves us or forsakes us.

Lord Jesus, who are we that You would stoop to save,
to heal, and console us?
I bow my heart before You in humility and gratitude
my Lord, my Savior, my God.

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Trust in the Lord

person in God hands

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Have you ever been brought to a place or circumstance that you were at a loss to know what to do or say? As if you were up against a brick wall and you were stuck in forward gear? Everything in you screams, “There is no way out! We’re going down!”

Stop. Remember you are not alone. The One who promised to never leave you or forsake you it is here. He’s waiting for you to call out to Him. “Jesus!”

Trust in Him and His ability to carry you through this. He is the always-existing, Almighty One who never slumbers nor sleeps. Lay down in His arms. Know you are safe there. Know He has your best interest at heart. Know that He has a way where there seems to be no way.

Stop trying to think of a way out. He’ll make a way. Take courage. He has your situation covered. Listen for His instructions. Then be ready to do what He says.

Almighty God, giver of all wisdom,
I lean my full weight on You today.
Guide my steps. Author my thoughts.
Do Your will in and through me
to Your good pleasure.
Thank You for Your very present help
at all times.

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Heavenly Bellboy?

heavenly bellboy

Mark 11:24
(Jesus said) “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.”

When our desires are His desires we can ask Him to intervene in a situation and He will.
Some people call this, “Having no mind in the matter.” In other words, we need to put our agenda aside. Ask God to pray through us whatever His will is in a given situation. Stand back. Get out of the way. Leave room for Him to move.

When we pray what’s on His heart; for Him to act according to His will, then we can be assured what happens is His will.

Many times people are disappointed and say, “God didn’t answer my prayer.” In reality, they probably handed God a grocery list of their wants, complete with suggestions on just how He was supposed to accomplish each task.

He’s not our heavenly bellboy. We need to get in sync with His plan that only He knows, then pray with the full assurance He provides.

Lord Jesus, I pray for You
to show me what, how, and who
to pray for in each situation.
May You be glorified in all things.
May I pray with boldness
to see Your will accomplished.

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