Abide, transitive verb, to endure without yielding… Abiding in Him, in Christ, brings peace in ALL things… strength for ALL things.
Without yielding. WITHOUT yielding. Without YIELDING. Those two words stuck in my head. On Repeat. Emphasis changing with each phrase. My brain twisting the words into my life… not succumbing to circumstances, giving in when overwhelmed, creating borders when it’s just. Too. Hard.
I grab the dictionary and search for other definitions of abide to try and grasp a full understanding of this word. Remain, wait… continue? This seems almost contradictory. I am to remain, wait and continue? This begins another search. What do these words mean? How can I remain or wait, and continue? As I look at the dictionary; the definitions of each of these words, I realize my error. I am relying on MY understanding, my limited earthly knowledge and earthly tools. If I am abiding in Him, I am abiding in His word. So I search His word, His dictionary…
John 15:7-11 King James Version
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
There they are, the words… Remain. Continue. The same words in the dictionary, my earthy tool, but ultimately His. Because without Him, His words, nothing is. Nothing can be. So when searching other versions of this same scripture I am not surprised to find the words remain and continue are replaced with abide. Interchangeable. Now, my revised definition… Abide, a verb, an action word. A word with many meanings all pointing in the same direction. Whether it is remain, rest, wait, continue, endure… it is the same. An action. A choice.
Why is this word, Abide, so important? Because when we abide in Him, our focus is not on ourselves, our circumstances, but on Him. And when We abide in Him, He abides in us. This brings peace and strength, the ability to do all things. Everything else seems to fall into place.
Without yielding, the most important of these definitions for me. To run my race without yielding. Enduring. Beyond my borders. Fully abiding. In Him.
Abide. What does it mean to you?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NASB)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. 1 Corinthians 7:24 (NASB)
As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2:24 (NASB)
Day One :: The Beginning
Day Two :: Abide
Day Three :: In My Strength
Day Four :: He Equips
Day Five :: Embrace
Day Six :: Belonging
Day Seven :: Rise
Day Sixteen :: How Great is Our God
Day Seventeen :: Stuck