John 14: 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 16: 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
Has Jesus departed? Yes, of course, and He is glorified at the right hand of the Father. Now, don’t you think he did what he said? He has sent the Holy Spirit to YOU, child of God.
Do you realize that Jesus sent us a ‘Him’? We hear the term Spirit and automatically think of something misty or cloudy or unformed. But the Holy Spirit is a person. HE has come and we are supposed to be communing with him every moment. What does it mean to commune? To be in relationship with, as a person.
The person of the Holy Spirit dwells in you, and he abides with you forever. Praise God! You are not powerless. You are not alone. You are not abandoned of God.
Today I urge you to recognize the Holy Spirit as a person sent specifically to you, Christian. Realize his constant presence and his continual ministry in your life.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I would like to focus on the end of this verse. Many are familiar with the beginning, and rightly so because of the power it holds. Yet I love here how Paul displays how intensely personal the gospel is to him. The Son of God loved ME. The Son of God gave himself for ME.
We know the gospel is for everyone. We know that God doesn’t want anyone to perish. Yet sometimes we lose our position in the sheer scope of the sacrifice. Sometimes we miss how personal this is to us. Jesus saw you. He gave himself for you. Specifically you. Intentionally you. He purposefully loved you. He, full of the knowledge of who you were, are and will be, gave Himself for you. Meditate on this. Chew on it. Think on it.
Now my goal, and I pray it’s yours as well, is that through faith in the Son of God, I can love Him and give myself for Him. Isn’t it only reasonable to be as purposeful for Him as He was for me and you?
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Such a beautiful verse that sums up so much of the Christian life. Here we have God, who is a God of peace, bringing Jesus back from the dead, accepting His sacrifice for us, forever. And in verse 21, it is God who is performing the action of making us perfect, working in us what is wellpleasing in His sight. Like so many other verses in the Bible we find ourselves coming back to this point of how it works- Through Jesus Christ.
Do you see how the whole Christian life revolves around your being in Christ? Not just accepting Him as Lord and Savior, though that is surely the first step. We continue abiding in Him that the working of God might be made perfect in us.
We read how it pleased God to have his fullness in Christ. God is working His fullness in us through Christ. Why? To do His will. What a tremendous empowering this is! God is working in me so that I may do His will!
No wonder His yoke is easy and His burden light. He is the one providing you and me the strength to bear it!
Abiding in His Word
His Word abiding in Me
Bearing much Fruit
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Isn’t this what we long for as a church today? If we heard about this group of people, who spoke with boldness, who walked in unity, who operated in power, wouldn’t we desire to go there and be a part of what was going on?
Yet, if we examine, we’ll find that this church was absent of almost everything we think a good church should have. There was no soundboard. There wasn’t any advertising. They didn’t have a website. Nothing they did was tax-free. There was no record of giving. They didn’t have a puppet team. Or a dance team. They didn’t have seminary taught preachers. They didn’t even have evangelism, as we know it.
Oh, but what they did have was Jesus, displayed and made manifest through the Holy Spirit. And they clung to Jesus like a babe clinging to her mother’s neck. They knew nothing except Christ and Him crucified. They were absent of everything, but Jesus.
All of those things we have now aren’t wrong, unless they replace Jesus. To a Christian, Christ is entirely and utterly, irreplaceable, and to be absent of everything except Him is to be blessed beyond compare.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Luke 1: 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
My first prayer is that we truly realize that without Christ we can do nothing. Oh, we can have activity and good works and motion all in the name of Christianity. We can have prayer meetings and services and fasting. We can do all the things we feel a Christian is obligated to do. But to do them without Christ is to be doing nothing at all. All the striving, all the motion, all the effort is as nothing in Christ’s eyes.
But, bless God, with God through Christ, nothing shall be impossible for us. With God, the littlest activity possesses unimaginable power, the shortest sentence speaks life, and the smallest seed can bear the greatest fruit.
My second prayer is that we never forget that as Christians we are not without Christ. He has made us His dwelling and abides in us.
Be ever-mindful of the abiding presence of Christ in you and you in Him as you go into this world to do as He commanded. Because the difference between with and without is the difference between “nothing impossible” and “nothing at all”.
Acts 19:13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We[a] exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered[b] them, and prevailed against them,[c] so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (NKJV)
You can tell from the way they handle Jesus that the sons of Sceva had no relationship with Christ. They say, “Jesus, whom Paul preaches.” Not, “Jesus, my savior,” or “Jesus, the Christ.” They had not entered into the covenant. They were not hid in Christ or abiding in Christ. They knew the name of Jesus because Paul had preached it boldly. They used his name like a charm or mantra, hoping to achieve results based on the simple repetition of a phrase.
Yet, why did the spirits know Paul?
Paul knew his position as a believer. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) They knew Paul because Paul knew Christ.
Have you established a reputation in the spirit realm?
If you are asked the question, “Who are you?”, the answer should be “I am a child of God, hid in Christ, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Continue in Him. Be bold in the spirit, knowing who you are in Christ. Remember, “in the name of Jesus” isn’t just a phrase, it’s a position.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
In the middle of verse 17, we find an important reminder along the lines of abiding. “…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”. By His sacrifice we have the ability to do what we’ve been called to do. You are “in His name.” It isn’t a phrase that the apostle here is referring to, but a position, a state of being. Isn’t that powerful. Your living is in His name, your being is in His name, your going is in His name, your coming is in His name. Whatever you do in word or deed… That doesn’t leave much room for anything else does it? On the basis of what Jesus has accomplished, we have our position in him.
Look at Ephesians 2:8; For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
As you go through your day, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, living IN HIM, content in all situations, because in all situations you are never separated from the love of God IN CHRIST.
You are God’s workmanship and you are blessed in Him.