April 4, 2012


1 John 2:24, 28
Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

The lifeline of relationships is in the connection.   We must stay connected to maintain fellowship and to keep the vitality and strength in our relationships.  That is true in the natural and the Spirit.
We know our marriages struggle and disharmony can come in when we are disconnected, distracted and loose that focus of our relationship.  There is an exchange of energy and life that goes on between us in a relationship.  That can occur on many different levels and we know the most vital one is our spiritual relationship with the Lord.  Many of us are struggling today because we have suffered a breakdown in our connection with the Lord.  1 John 1:7 speaks of this concerning our relationship as the body of Christ,  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” On the other hand we can say one thing and do another, 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”
An abiding relationship is one where intimate connection exists.  It is one where there is an exchange of life.  Jesus has called us into that kind of connection with Himself and tells us it is vital to our relationship and continued fellowship with Him.  In John 15 Jesus tells us how critically important it is that we maintain a vital connection and abiding in Him.  John 15:1-11 speaks to the heart of our connection with Christ, “”I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5″I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9″As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  The joy and completion of our relationship with Christ is in our connection and in our obedience to His Word.  When we are connected we experience His peace, His love and His fellowship with us through the Holy Spirit.   Are you connected today?  If not, you may be struggling in a lot of areas.  Our relationship with Christ is so critical to every area that affects our life.  When we loose and don’t maintain that abiding relationship and connection, we experience death and dismemberment from His body and life.  Maybe it is a good day to get reconnected and come back to that abiding relationship we must maintain in Christ.  “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1).”


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