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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

abide in me

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you actually live in me and invite me to live in you.  Help me to never settle for less than that.  Amen.

Scripture: John 15:1-17

Journal: What is God saying to you through the scriptures today? What would it look like for you to abide in Christ?  What would it look like to live your life in him, rather than just for him or with him?

Reflect: A wise saint once said that some people live for God, some people live with God, and some people live in God.  Now, don’t get me wrong, living for him and living with him are great, but what God really desires is that we live in him—minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.  That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “Abide in me, and I will abide in you.”  That’s the kind of relationship he’s looking for.  In fact, it is the only relationship that will bring about the fruit we were created to bear—the fruit of deep intimacy.  The fruit of abiding in his love.
     How amazing is that?  The God of all creation wants to live his life in us and wants us to live our lives in him.  He wants our lives to be the fruit of an ongoing, abiding, intimate relationship.  In fact, it is how his joy dwells within us and our joy is made complete.
     The saints referred to this “abiding” as practicing the presence of Christ.  It involves living in constant awareness of, and connection with, the life of his Spirit within us.  Pray today that God would continually make you aware of and attentive to the life of his Spirit within you.  Ask him to help you to do every task and speak every word out of a deep connection with him; that all you do, think, or say—no matter how mundane or ordinary or trivial it may seem—would be done for his kingdom and his glory.  In fact, give him your day right now.  Look forward to all that is ahead and pray through it with him.  And at the end of your day, spend some time looking back on all that has taken place and ask him to show you what he was up to and what wants you to see.


Closing Prayer: Help me to abide in you today, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

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