“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” - Psalm 91:1
Today, I want to look at the evidence of healthy soil. The foremost evidence is the presence of fruit of the Spirit in our lives. In Luke 8, healthy soil bears an ongoing harvest that increases its yield through persevering, thru pressing faithfully, diligently in to His presence. In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples that they will bear fruit as long as they abide in Him. Without abiding, we can do nothing that will result in healthy fruit. In verses 9-17, Jesus defines abiding as a love relationship with Christ that is lived out in obedience in which it is possible to live as the friend of God experiencing His love, His joy, His peace through intimacy with Him. But this will demand a life totally given over to the His agenda even if it means suffering for the present. Abiding is not a matter of passive possession but of active pursuit through which we deny ourselves, take up His cross daily and follow after Him.
Abiding in Christ will demand loss of anything that will keep us trapped in the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of worldly wealth, and the desire for other things. Abiding in Christ is not about getting the life we want, but constantly seeking His heart for the life He intends for us. It means death to my old life and resurrection to new life as He defines it (Rom 6). Sadly, like those caught in a maze of thorns, too many want both. Beware of the mindset that says because God loves me with boundless grace that anything goes. We are challenged in 1 Cor. 6, to come out of, to separate ourselves from the pursuits of this world. Sadly, there are many who have replaced their love with Christ, which requires radical fidelity to Him and His mission, with free love which rebelliously demands a walk with Christ that wants no strings attached.
Read John 15:4-17. How would you define abiding? What do you need to realign in your life to do so?