|Transfiguration Abiding is pretty wild!|
Abiding is 3D.
It's more than posturing and finding a prayer time.
It is purchased in Christ and empowered by love.
It is relationship in three dimensions.
Rooted and EstablishedAbiding is rooted and established in the love of Jesus.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Rooting goes on and on in our lives as we walk in the Spirit and abide in Jesus. The rooting that is most important is rooting in love. The love of Jesus, experienced and known, is the sticky honey that keeps our heart, mind, soul and spirit focused and expanding.
Our roots grow up and fill up to the capacity of the love we know in Jesus Christ. Real experienced and known love, that is what abiding in Jesus is about.
If we can grasp it, we are completely enveloped in the love of God as we move in his will. Totally and literally surrounded in the effective love of God. Somehow as we move in the Father's will abiding becomes our habitat.
Resting in His RestAbiding is learning to rest in the reality of salvation and his peace.
There is a resting place in Christ that soothes the soul, pour fresh rivers on the spirit and calls out the deepest desires of our lives in Jesus. It is found in faith and trust. It is a rest for the soul that is always available to us in all circumstances. That rest is established in love and cannot be broken by anything in creation. Jesus is jealous for us and our affections. He deserves them all in their highest forms.
Jesus said, "It is finished" and with that he set down forever a new and living way. A way that leads to the Father and his awesome blessings. Those blessings are set as inheritance for the Saints and provide for us an abide in rest that cannot be shaken once experienced. To learn to rest is to learn to trust. To abide in the resting place with the Father is to place all cares, hopes and our very future in his hands and will. It is in loosing our lives that we find them in the Father.
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. a]
Activating Obeying faithAbiding is activated by obeying His voice and touching the world.
If you love me.....Obey my commands.
2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
Many believers know how to position themselves in a posture of abiding.
Waiting on the Lord, praying and seeking the Lord's face regularly.
They perfect an individual experience of abiding but in itself this is not abiding.
If you love me you will keep my commands.
My command is this, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Abiding empowers the action of love through Jesus in the world.
No action. No love.
No love. No abiding.
Abiding is 3D.
It's not just learning to wait for the Lord.
It is waiting for the Lord in action.
It's not just learning to rest in God, wait for his blessings and rejoice in the intimacy we experience knowing him and seeking his face.
It's a full circle journey.
Abiding is from the secret place to the House tops to the world in love.
What is heard in secret proclaim from the roof tops
When abiding is 3D.....
It brings the power of intimacy into the open.
It refreshes those around us with the fragrance of his presence.
The Kingdom finds expression in the world we live in through remarkable simplicity.
When abiding is 2D....
Believers rejoice that God loves them and in the experience of his presence, but the world or the Saints do not "hear the word" or experience the testimony.
We find assurance for our way and rest for our souls, but we hold back the explosive quality of love, intimacy and knowing God where we live everyday.
This is not a 3D abiding.
It is only part of the whole picture of the Love of God.
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
I John 3:16
Jesus' love of the Father was not 2D.
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.
Abiding in Jesus means being 3D . Real demonstration of a real love.
We are like our Master.
We carry his voice and spirit everywhere around the world.
God loves making his love tangible and real.
He is supernaturally natural at it.
His presence is with us everywhere we go.
What do you think about describing abiding as 3 D?
Does it make sense? Move you to a go further into obedience and following your abiding into your day to day life?
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