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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Abide


Pastor Chris Ney - A word rarely used by us in this day in age and one that even when used I think we are not sure of the meaning. I have seen it used in different ways that really don’t do the meaning any justice, it is used a social term to get people to act or do something the way we see it to be. Churches have misused this term for years leading us to a fear based belief and one that is filled with us trying to earn our standing with God, or at least trying to out way the scale.

What does this word really mean though, through a fairly quick study we can see that it has one meaning (to continue without fading or being lost). Perhaps this is old news to us and we have this down pat but I would urge us to spend time thinking on the words of Jesus in John 15:4 “ Abide in me, and I in you” we know that Jesus keeps His promises so when He says He will continue with us that is in the good times and the bad even when we do not see Him.

It is usually not that side of the relationship that is lacking in the abiding, it is usually ours and I am guilty of it as well. There are times when it is easier to just do what I want to do instead of what He is asking me to do. It is easier to follow my own desires and passions and try and drag Jesus into those instead of me trying to seek His face for direction and wisdom. I look at the whole passage as John writes the words of Jesus in chapter 15, Jesus clearly is stating that there is no life, what so ever outside of life in Him. Where does that leave us, truthfully loved ones it leaves us in place of either life or not. If we are not in Him then we have no life; walking dead if you will, but if we have Him then we have life beyond anything we could imagine.

This comes with encouragement for all, maybe you are saying thanks Chris you just called me a zombie, well I guess I kind of did but before you stop reading there is hope, Jesus desires that none would ever stay that way. That is why He gave His life for you, so that you could walk in newness of life and not as a zombie. He doesn’t have a long 12-step program for us either (not that those are bad) but He asks that we turn from our sin and ask for forgiveness and acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. No matter where you were or are Jesus is standing there waiting and wanting to pull you out of the darkness and show you His marvelous light.

For those of us who know Him, are we living like it? Are we abiding in Jesus?

I want to leave you with this; what is stopping you from abiding in Christ?

For the next two Sundays we are looking at what it means to abide in Christ, I would love to invite you to join us at 10:30am Sunday morning at Vertical Church, come as you are but be ready to not leave as you came in.

You are Loved

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