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Abiding in Jesus

Over the last several weeks we’ve been talking about being free. Not just free as a country, but truly free from the bondage of old baggage and sin. It’s the freedom only Jesus can give to us.

Scripture gives us some real encouragement, life-changing and life-transforming truth on how we can be free from life-dominating sin. One way to get be free is abiding in Jesus.

Jesus says in John 15:4-5: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Jesus says, “If you will abide in Me, I will abide in you. I will come and take residence in you.” The eternal Son of God saying He will take residence within our own spirit. Isn’t this incredible!

Abiding in Jesus starts off with this: surrendering to Jesus. It’s that point in our life where we surrender, where we give up, where we say, “Lord, my will, my way, my thoughts, my desires, my plans for me are done and over with. I am surrendering to you.” Abiding starts there.

Abiding continues with not just surrendering to Jesus but focusing our adoration on Him. From this point forward. we make a decision to live a life in the conscious awareness of praising God, giving Him glory, keeping Him ever before us, praying without ceasing, loving Him, and ascribing to Him the glory due His name. He becomes the focal point of our adoration.

So we surrender to Him, we adore Him, and then we need to submit to Him. It’s not just a one-time surrender and then going about our own way. It’s surrendering to enter into the Kingdom but then it’s submitting to stay within the Kingdom’s blessing. It’s submitting to Jesus, “Lord, as hard as it might be, whatever it is that You might be asking me to do, I’m going to do it. I’m going to submit to You. First of all you are Lord and second of all You are my loving dad and I know you’ve got the best possible plans for me. I’m going to listen as Lord and submit as Father knowing that this is going to turn out for my good—no matter how hard it might seem.”

Abiding in Jesus. That is not just a one-time thing at the altar. That is daily. That is waking up tomorrow morning and saying, “Lord, here I am again to surrender to You. Lord, I’m adoring You and worshiping You. Lord, I’m submitting to You—whatever Your will and way and plan is for me. I’m in.” As we do that daily, that is what abiding looks like and abiding is one way we can be free from sin’s dominion.

Take a minute and surrender to Jesus. Submit to Him. Feel His forgiveness and make a choice to follow Him instead of allow sin to dominate your life. Can you do this? I’d love to hear from you.

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