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ABIDE IN JESUS
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Jun 23, 2019

Vine

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches, he who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.”



Do you know what it means to abide in Him? The English dictionary defines ‘abide’ as’ hold to and stick to.’ Spiritually it means to ‘stick on to Jesus, hang on to Him and stay in Him’. Did you get this? There is a tranquility about it! I remember the words of Prophet Ezekiel Francis, Founder of Berachah Prophetic Ministries, whose testimony inspired me to jump into ministry; he said, ‘your ministry should be birthed from the Presence of God”. I would like to quote Mark 3:14 here, “Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him…..” Being with Him is most important before going into the world to preach  the gospel. He is the source of energy, power and anointing to preach the gospel!


Many churches are dry and many sermons are dry, lacking the fresh touch of God and devoid of anointing because they have not been birthed from the Presence of God. Anything fresh from heaven, after abiding with Him, would have the fresh flavor of heaven! People are fed up of stale sermons, grinding over and over again of the same subjects, but our new generation want a ‘fresh touch’. They are ravenously hungry for God! Many young people turned to God when I ministered to them, some of them have also committed their lives to full time ministry and there are others who are doing part-time ministry; serving God from their respective places. This is what happens when you ‘abide with God’! You start affecting the life of others! Is it not exciting? Come on, we need to let the world know that it is fun being in the presence of God!



As I was reading the book of John and the first, second and third book of John, I found that the word ‘abide’ has been used several times. John certainly knew what he was talking about! He was the one who was clinging on to the bosom of Jesus. We read in John 13:23, “ Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” He is none other than John himself! John went deeper and further in his relationship with God. He was never satisfied just to be a disciple. He wanted to lean on Jesus’ bosom! I guess John enjoyed the ‘soft-spongy-cushion-like-comfort’ offered by Jesus – like the lap of a mother! He snuggled closer and closer to Him! Listen! In order to have this divine-comfort, you need to leave the comforts and the pleasures that the world offers you! Are you hearing me? The Bible says: Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters… Dear friend, I am not satisfied sitting far away from Him, I want to be on His lap and spread all over his bosom. I am excited! Now watch this! While others sat far from him, John is the only disciple that ever heard the Lord’s heart beat!

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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