“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 35: ‘Abide’

There are words which appear simple and yet are physically impossible to practice. The word ‘abide’ is such a word. I would take the following meanings for the purpose of this post: remain, continue, stay, dwell. When the word is used for a physical abode it is simple. But when we are required to carry out the phrase “abide in Me’ by God (who is Spirit) we may be stuck with the seemingly impossible.

ABIDE IS A POWERFUL KEY TO ANSWER OF PRAYERS

Here is the requirement and promise from God:

John 15:4-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

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…  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

THE QUESTION

How to abide or dwell in a zone or realm which is unseen and spiritual?

THE ANSWER: BECOMING SPIRITUAL.

How to become spiritual? For the believers of the holy God, here are the Bible verse that give clear answers to this question.

BE BORN AGAIN AS A SPIRIT

We can be born as a spirit who can then communicate and connect to the unseen spiritual God.

GOD EEXPECTS US TO DO SO

God actually expects us to do so. It is a possibility. We can abide in God through His Spirit and His Word.

John 3:5-6

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

John 4:23-24

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

ALL WHO COME TO JESUS CAN RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;

THE SPIRIT AND THE WORD OF GOD BRING US INTO ABIDING IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM OF GOD

John 6:63

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 14:17

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 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

ACTION REQUIRED ON YOUR PART

Acts 2:38

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

abide in the Vine

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