Today we are praying for the country of Tanzania. 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.
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Today's Devotional Thought
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. So let’s summarize these truths by applying them to our lives in an effort to abide so that we can be sure to persevere in the end times.
1. Embrace His Word
In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” If we are abide in Him, we must embrace His words. In 1 John 2:24 we read, “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.” What had they heard in the beginning? The gospel of Jesus Christ! Jesus’ words! If we embrace these words we will abide. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 1:1-3, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” Is our delight in God’s law? Are we meditating on it day and night? Do His words abide in us? If so, we will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water. We will persevere through the end times. We abide by embracing the words of Jesus. John wrote in 2 John 1:9, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.”
2. Enjoy His Love
We not only must embrace His Word. We must learn to enjoy His love! Remember what Jesus said in John 15:9: “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.” We must learn to enjoy Jesus’ love. John expands this in 1 John 4:16. He writes, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Experience His love! For some of us, it is easier to feel sorrow over our sin and repent than to enjoy God’s love. John’s hearers had come to know and believe the love which God had for them! If you want a snapshot of that love remember Jesus words in John 15:9-10: “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.” Abide in that love…don’t drift off from it or out of it! If we are to abide in Him, we must enjoy His love.
3. Obey His Commandments
In order to prepare to persevere through the end times we must learn to abide. If we are to abide we must embrace His Word. We must enjoy His love. We must obey His commandments (plural). Notice John 15:10. “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.” You can’t really enjoy God’s Loe if you are not keeping His commandments. If you are keeping His commandments, you should be enjoying His love! John writes in 1 John 3:7-9, “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” In verse 24 of 1 John 3 he adds, “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.” If we want to abide in Him, we must make it our goal to obey His commandments (plural).
4. Exercise His Commandment
In order to abide in Him we must embrace His Word, enjoy His love, obey His commandments (plural) and finally, exercise His commandment (singular). Verse 12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” His singular commandment is love! Notice that Keeping His commandments (plural) is directly linked to Keeping His commandment (singular): 2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.” If you want to obey His commandment (singular) to love we must walk according to His commandments (plural). The two go hand in hand. We see in 1 John 4:12, “if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” How do we love one another? By laying down your life for others….spending and being spent for others. Jesus said in John 15:12-13, “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.” We make sacrifices in order to improve the lives of others. This is love. In 1 John 3:17 we read, “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” Exercise His commandment to love, by “doing” it….by loving.
If we will invest our energies in embracing His Word, enjoying His love, obeying His commandments, and exercising His commandment we will abide in Him and He in us. And as we abide in Him, we will be well prepared to persevere through the end times. The reality is, Jesus is coming again. We know how to be prepared: recognize the antichrist, have the anointing, actively abide in Him. We know how to abide: embrace His word, enjoy his love, obey His commandments, and exercise His commandment. So, I leave you with some of John’s final words in this text: “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.” 1 John 2:28
Until next time….abide in Him!
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