Firm in the Lord
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." John 15:4
Jesus through His immense mercy has saved us from our sinful nature. It would not suffice to remain in our salvation without growth. A stunted tree is not appreciated by anyone it is only fit for being cut down. To grow in Christian character and witness, total and continued dependence on Christ is essential (Philippians 4:1).
After accepting Christ as your Savior, you need to remain firm in the doctrines of His teachings. Through reading the Bible daily, listening to the sermons in church, reading spiritual books you continuously learn about His teachings. John, the disciple of Jesus, says, "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God" (II John 9). By imbibing the word of God within us, we become like fields which are prepared by plowing and ready to be sown and yield much fruit. His doctrines makes us to keep away from sin, lead a holy life and remain a blessing to others.
God has chosen you from among so many people of the world. He expects you to remain firm in His calling (I Corinthians 7:20,24). He has chosen you. He has called you by name. Do not allow your mind to waver but remain firm in faith. Immediately after accepting Christ many are zealous for the Lord. But as the days pass-by, their faith wanes away ultimately leading to backsliden life. Jesus says, those who remain faithful till the end will be saved. If you are among those who are slowly backsliding, the Lord is calling you back to His fold.
To abide in Him, continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2). Prayer must be directed toward the furtherance of the gospel. Our prayers should not be self-centered. Remember in prayer your friends and neighbors who do not know Christ. Shed tears before the Lord for their grievances. The Lord shall change their lives as well as yours. The Lord knows your needs you do not have to constantly remind the Lord about it, instead pray for others, this will bring peace in your life.
The Lord says when you abide in me, I shall grant whatever you ask (John 15:7). At the same time, it is said, He who abides in Christ and keeps his word does not ask outside the will of God. Several times we wonder why we do not receive what we ask. It may be because we do not ask within the will of God. Check your motives if they are right, if not, rectify yourself. If our motives are right, the Lord shall certainly answer your prayers. The Lord is just to honor His promise for you.
Several people remain strong in their principles which may or may not be right. By remaining firm in Christ, we know for sure we are doing the right thing which is beneficial not only for this world but also for the eternity.
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