Abide Versus Obey (Summer Series ’19)

I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame. . .Psalms 119:44‭-‬46 ESV


To My American Friends: How was your Fourth of July? Comment below and share with me.

I need to continually keep His law, the Bible. But, what does it mean “to keep the law continually”? I have grown to love the word “abide”. It is this immovable stance toward God and His Word – this indescribable relationship.

We can continually draw nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us resolve to never settle in the way we habitually seek the Lord through His Word, our prayers, or how we live out His commands. This is where true life is found.

With our Savior Jesus Christ, there is a greater freedom than we could adequately express. Our souls can rest and be at peace. To be in a committed relationship with our Mighty God through His Son Jesus Christ and forever free from the power of sin are both such powerful things, and it does change our lives. For good. It makes us this whole new person.

. . . And it is a gift only God, the One True God, could give us! And He chose to do so through His Son, the Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Our goal ought to be this:
Honestly seeking our Savior Jesus Christ and learning how to abide in Him.

Admittedly, I have sought after other things. Lately I haven’t made my time in the Word as much of a priority as I could. And I want to continue working on that – as the weekend approaches.

One reason why I love the word “Abide” is its focus on my relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Obedience is absolutely tied to our relationship to our Heavenly Father. But abide reminds me of my need to remain with Jesus the Christ. I need Him. And He has given me everything I need to be still and worship Him.

In John 15, we learn about abiding with Jesus:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5

With each step of obedience we take, we are ushered into His presence, sin is being striped away from ourselves, and we are strengthened by our Mighty God.

I feel like I am rambling, but the point I want to make is – there is a heart matter involved in abiding. Abiding deals with the many heart issues we have, as we learn to lay down our lives and follow our Lord Jesus. As we dwell with Christ and each layer of sin is forced into His light, He is continually making us a new person. The old has gone; the new has come.

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