Today we pray for the Nation of Rwanda and Meditate on 1 John 2:18-29

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Today we are praying for the country of Rwanda.  Please help us  lift up this nation to the Lord today.  You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups.  You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.  

Please take time to meditate on the sermon or devotion for today as well.  

You can learn more about the nation of Rwanda by clicking here

You can learn about the different unreached people groups of Rwanda by clicking here

Please pray for the nation of Rwanda by joining in prayer with the video below.

It has almost been 15 years since the Rwandan genocide and the nation still suffers from political strife. Without a significant adult population, 5 million people living in Rwanda are under the age of 18. Many are orphaned, hungry, homeless, and victims of disease and exploitation.

Watch the above video and pray for the requests listed at the end.

Today's Devotional Thought

We have been discussing how to be prepared to persevere through the end times.  We must learn to recognize antichrists.  We must have the anointing.  And we must learn to abide.  John uses the word abide in some shape or form several times in verses 24-29 of 1 John 2.  Consider these verses again:  “As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. 

    26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 

    28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

John gave us another discourse on abiding, straight from the mouth of Jesus, in the Gospel that he wrote.  Take some time to consider John 15:1-14.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.

At the core of this text are verses 4 and 5:  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  Abide in Christ and Christ in you.  What does the word Abide mean?  In the original Greek this word abide could literally be translated to remain, wait, or stay.  In Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary of the English Language, the word abide is defined as “To rest, or dwell.  To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable.  To wait, to be prepared for.”   We know what “Abide” means, but what does it mean to abide? 

We know what “abide” means, but what does it mean to abide?

As I look at John 15, there are some things that stand out in relation to “abiding” that I think we can see clearly paralleled in 1 John.  First of all, Jesus’ words, stand out.  Verse 7 of John 15 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  Not only do Jesus’ words stand out, but also His love.  Verse 9 states, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”  Jesus’ words, Jesus’ love, and thirdly we see Jesus’ commandments magnified in John 15.  Notice verse 10:  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”  Finally, we see not only Jesus’ words, love, and commandments (plural), but Jesus’ commandment (singular).  Verse 12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”  These are four main areas that stand out in the midst of Jesus’ teaching on abiding in Him.  

We see these same four areas magnified, and explained, in 1 John.  As we put 1 John and the Gospel of John together, I think we can learn, not only what abide means, but what it means to abide.  We will see that next time.  Until then…

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