Abide in Me and My words in you!
Jesus said the following well known words to us …
Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Of course we all desire to follow Jesus,
… but what did Jesus mean and how do we do that?
He explained it by also saying this to us …
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Jesus wants us to have a personal relationship with Him,
… in which He can speak into our lives as we hear Him,
… in which He can show us His will for our lives!
In other words, He wants to be our ‘good’ shepherd,
… and therefore also said to us,
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask
what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit;
so you will be My disciples.
But how will I know that I am hearing and doing His will?
If you are aware of His love for you,
… that He wants you healed, strong and living a full life, in Him,
and you expect to receive all that He did for you on the cross,
… then life, health, healing, joy, peace will truly be yours,
and you are indeed following him!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.