“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. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him; bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15: 4-5) NKJV
When you abide in God you position yourself for greatness. When you abide in Him you realize that it is only in Him that true success can be achieved. In Him you are strong, you’re victorious, divinely protected and able to flourish and bring forth much fruit but out of Him you are barren, unprotected and open to be destroyed and thrown away. Jesus said, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6) There is an enemy out there who desires to steal, kill and destroy you (John 10:10) that can only happen if your outside of the will of God.
The gift of being in Him is that in Him there is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) Out of Him is misery and unnecessary drama. Sarah and Abraham learned that painful lesson for themselves. When God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, Sarah thought at her age that’s impossible, but Saints in Him anything is possible. Instead of abiding in God and trusting in Him Sarah cooked up what she thought was a great idea; give her handmaid to her husband and have a child through her. As you know things didn’t go as Sarah planned.
Her handmaid despised her, her husband’s obligations were now divided between her and another woman and despite her best efforts she still didn’t have a child of her own.
In Him is peace and joy out of Him is drama and pain. In Him is God’s promised fulfilled, (Isaac), out of Him is a sad mess, (Ishmael) God is a merciful God and though you or someone you know may be out of Him and His will right now its not too late to abide in Him, He is here, ready and waiting for you. Choose to position yourself for greatness, choose to be the branch that bears much fruit, choose to have true love and peace in your life, choose to abide in Him.
Written by Afiya Duncanson