As I was praying and asking the Lord to give me a closing message for this year, my attention was drawn away to an email I received from a dear friend in the Lord’s work. He was reflecting on the hymn, “Abide with Me” written by Henry Francis Lyte (1793 – 1847).
This took me back to the words of Jesus in His last meeting and meal with the disciples before He was arrested, tried and killed. He spent an evening with them unloading the deepest emotions of His heart toward them and giving the most valuable and necessary instructions that would carry them through their darkest hours and days until the Holy Spirit came and filled them.
In this unique, sacred time alone with the disciples, Jesus introduced the coming of the Holy Spirit. Along with this He gave them the analogy of the vine and branches and said, “Abide in Me” (John 15:4). There is no better way to end 2018 and start 2019 than to allow this instruction to seep into the fabric of our souls so it transforms our lives. In a world full of distractions, we in the Lord’s work are often distracted and become so busy with ‘doing,’ that we fail to realize that our busyness is the devil’s tool to disconnect us from ‘being’ in the source of life, power and fruitfulness.
We know that word “abide” means to “remain.” We cannot afford to be disconnected from our Lord and Master. In the next couple of days, I want to speak to your heart about what this means in your life and ministry. For right now, I ask you to listen to the voice of the Living Vine. “ABIDE IN ME!” Turn off all your electronics, shut the door of your closet, and ask Jesus to speak clearly to your heart. What will He tell you to remove from your life so you can ABIDE IN HIM?
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