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God’s Will and My Will: abiding in Jesus

If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:7 (KJV)

Abiding—that’s a good place to be, away from the hustle-bustle. Let this seldom-used word pull your heart into the comfy-cozy state of yesteryear. There is something calming about the thought of abiding in Jesus. NIV translates it as remain, MSG as to make yourselves at home with Jesus, both good word pictures. But for a few moments, root out the distractions and busyness of your today. Imagine yourself abiding in Jesus.

Because that’s exactly where you need to be, for your will to become the will of God, as Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest June 7, suggests: “The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God's fore-ordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.”

You see, God did not intend you to ask for just anything you wanted. He intended your will to be so in synch with His that whatever you asked for would be His will, and there would be no reason for it not to be done.

What do you think was of prime importance to Jesus for you, who abide in Jesus, to be in synch with His will? No second guessing here: if my words abide in you. If My words find a home inside you is a very big concept. That means not only do I need to have read or heard the words of Jesus, but I need to know them backwards and forwards, I need to understand what He intended them to mean, and I need to live them out.

Do not miss the double entendre. The Word, Jesus (John 1:1,14), already abides in you (John 17:23). As you are filled with His Spirit, Jesus’ words will pave the path to your will meshing with the will of the Father. Immerse yourself in Jesus’ words in total abandon.    

And yes, abandon joyfully, thankfully, in prayer: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).   

 Nancy P

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