COMING AND ABIDING
John 8:31, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
Jesus Christ preached the Gospel to the people in the Temple one day, the Pharisees and Scribes opposed Him, but some few people, including Jews, believed in Jesus and came to Him. Jesus made them to know that their confession and coming to Him is not a complete and total work of their salvation, He said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed” John 8:31.
When you hear the Word of God, when somebody asks you to give your life to Jesus, maybe on personal bases or in a gathering; when you decide to surrender your life to Jesus after you hear or read God’s Word, when you answer the call for salvation, and you repent, confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord; that is the beginning of your relationship with Jesus, it is not the end. Your repentance, confession and coming to Christ are an integral part of your salvation, what would seal your salvation in Christ indeed is abiding in the Word of God.
Being born again is not just cash and claim stuff as the modern preachers and churches are misleading many souls to hell. To be saved means you come to Jesus, repent and confess your sins and then continue to abide in Jesus in newness of life. To abide in the Word of God is to abandon your old, formal sinful lifestyle and start a new life in Jesus, it involves reading, meditating and applying the Word of God into your life on a daily and continuous bases.
If you just confess and continue the ways and manners you live before, if you just confess, pray and continue in your old lifestyle, you have made yourself to be a psychedelic Christian, one of these unrecognized Christians to heaven.
Salvation is not just confessing, it’s not coming out for altar call, but it’s confessing and coming out of your sinful life. Jesus knew anybody could be emotional to come and confess their sins, anybody could raise up his hands for salvation call, but that would not guarantee their entrance to heaven. He said what perfects our salvation, what confirms a man or woman to be a real born again is more than temporal confession, it is continuous abiding in the Word of God.
Our modern day preachers, pastors and Bishop may tell you, “You just say this prayer of salvation after me, then you are saved and you can start to enjoy the prosperity and blessing of God, you just believe and that is all” that is the reason these half-made born again cannot overcome sins, that is the reason you see a lot of funny things happening today among the ministers and members, you see these so-called born again living below sins and you wonder why everybody claims to be born again but no difference. That is the reason you may be wondering in your personal life, after you are declared born again, your life remains as the same as old; because you were half-done.
If your Christian life is based on faith of confessing without work of continuing to live in accordance to God’s Word, you are a half-done Christian and that is of no use. Faith of coming to Jesus and confessing is the first step to Jesus, but forsaking your sins and abiding in Jesus completes it, abiding to the end.
Jesus says, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31. You need to abandon your old life before you can abide in the Word of God; you need to abandon the World of sin before you can abide in the Word of God. For you to go far with God you must go far from the world. You must disassociate yourself from old lifestyle, old associations; you must detach yourself from anything of old that may pull you back to your vomit, the sinful relationship, ungodly friends, worldly music, worldly movies, worldly dressing, worldly materials, all must be taken away from you if you really want to abide in God’s Word, if you really want to be God’s disciple indeed.
Until you surrender all these to God and let go, you will always find yourself going up and down in your spiritual life, confessing sin and committing sin, becoming saint and behaving sinner. You need to surrender all, everything to God. You can do that now, just go back to Jesus, tell Him you are ready to surrender everything without reservation and you want to abide in Him. This is called rededication and consecration with determination of heart. From then, you will be going forward and never backward. You can do that and the Lord will help you.
Please note that after you rededicate your life to Jesus afresh now, you need to be reading Bible every day, at least two chapters, you can start from Matthew. You meditate and pray for God’s grace to abide, obey His Word. You must abide in daily Bible reading and pray, that is what will help you to abide in God forever.
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