Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013 WHY YOU MUST ABIDE

Memory Verse: But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

Read: Psalm 1:1-3

In John 9:6-7 , a man who was
born blind had contact with the
Lord and his eyes were opened
in a very dramatic way. If just
one contact could do that much,
how much more when you abide
in Him? When you abide in
Christ, He makes everything to
become new. 2 Kings 4:8-17 tells
of the Shunammite woman who
offered Elisha food, and he
decided to abide more regularly
in the apartment she built for
him. Because he was abiding
there, this woman who had lost
hope of becoming a mother
became the mother of a son.
When you abide, there is a new
beginning. The widow of
Zarephath had the servant of
God abiding with her and her
son and what was suppose to be
her last meal became the meal
that sustained the trio for over
two years of famine. Are you
abiding in Christ? If you are
today in Christ, tomorrow in sin,
you are not abiding in Him. If
you are today in church,
tomorrow in a shrine, you are
not abiding in Him.
Moreover, why do you need to
abide in Him? Abiding in Him
creates the perfect atmosphere
to get the best results from God’s
Word. Psalm 119:11 says,
“Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin
against thee.”
If you are in a hurry to study
God’s word, it will not sink into
you, and you will be unable to
reach the depth where you can
get revelation. You need to read,
study, memorise and meditate on
the word, so that you can have
good success ( Joshua 1:8 ). You
cannot continue in sin and expect
a breakthrough from God
because God is a miracle worker
and not a magician. Abiding in
Him helps you to stay holy.
Several years ago, a woman
attended an anointing service
organised for those who wanted
to be fruitful. Like others who
came, I laid hands on her and
prayed. Much later she was
angry that nothing happened
even though she fell under the
anointing. While I was about to
pray for her again, the Lord
stopped me, and told me to ask
this great woman how many
boyfriends she had, beside her
husband, and she said six. What
some people are seeking is
magic not miracle. To prosper
and become fruitful or successful
through Him, you must be holy.

KEY POINT
Anytime you step out of Christ,
you are exposed to the bullets
and arrows of the enemy. Stay in Him!

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