Abiding, Not Striving
John 15 Abide in me.
Are u ever overburdened abt life’s many issues? Do u need a burden lifted? Have u ever had a lightbulb moment? Hudson Taylor of China worried himself sick over the ministry. He obsessed about everything in his desire to reach the Chinese people. As he teetered near the emotional precipice he received a letter from compatriot missionary John MCarthy. Working and worrying so frantically that his health was about to break, John himself, described in his letter the utter relief n joy he discovered in John 15—the joy of abiding in Christ:
“Abiding, not striving or struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power …. the only power for service; the only ground for unchanging joy.”
A light went on for Hudson.
“As I read,” he recalled, “I saw it all. I looked to Jesus, and when I saw, oh how the joy flowed!” Writing to his sister in England, he said:
As to work, mine was never so
plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. The last month or more has been perhaps the happiest of my life, and I long to tell you a little of what the Lord has done for my soul.…
Note the amazing power of Gods Word. Two men, at different moments, each in the throes of agony of soul, found victory in such a simple phrase. Where they had struggled they found peace n rest. One small phrase….Abide in me…. One sentence, one man, one letter of encouragement….and even today u n I can find release by not striving but resting. No longer struggling but relying totally on Him for strength.
One sentence from a friend concerning one passage of scripture…o the power of the little proposition…in…. Do u need urself strengthened? Do u need ur burdens lifted? Ask urself where u abide. What u abide “in” makes all the difference.
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Abiding, Not Striving
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. Helen Keller »
5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you. 6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.
7 And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
At times God supplies his will in a tangible way. When this happens we see n believe. Other times he requires faith wo seeing. These two forms of revelation cycle n recycle themselves thru out our spiritual walk
This part of gods will is like the priests at Jordan river.
God commanded them to bear the ark n step into the swollen river. Then they had to stand there. That’s faith like Peter walking on the water n then Jesus taking him back to the boat. Sometimes the will of God comes like it did at the red sea. They stood still n saw the deliverance of God. They did not have to excercise walking faith until they saw the dry land. But other times u gotta get out of the boat n u gotta step into the water b4 he shows u the way. Thats faith
b4 u see the deliverance. That requires faith based on Gods past performance, n his character. Joseph
says when u can’t see his hand u can trust his character. Go n see n believe. Go n step into the swollen river n stand. God leads his children along. The steps of good people r ordered by the lord. Delight urself in him n he will direct ur paths. You will hear his voice saying this is the way. Walk Ye in it. Isaiah, proverbs, psalms