John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 4of10, Evans Olang

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John 15:7-8, “7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” 

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God’s will that we see in the Bible is His permissive or perfect will (1Thessalonians 4:3,  1Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 143:10).  To discern the will of God we must KNOW, THINK, PRAY and ACT biblically. These two vs. will be our foundation, Romans 12:1-2, “1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not CONFORM any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind. Then you will be able to TEST and APPROVE what God’s will is–his GOOD, PLEASING and PERFECT WILL”(NIV). CONFORMED is to act or be in accord or be in agreement with something, in this case the world (Psalm 1, Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21). TRANSFORMED on the other hand is to change the nature, function or condition. Other word suitable is to convert.

We do not need improvement, we need transformation. When we come to Christ, our old nature is not improved, it is changed, made new (transformed), 2Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new“.  Another picture to consider, God showed Jeremiah in the potter’s house how He “…made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make”, Jeremiah 18:4. As you read the chapter, you come to learn how the potter did not improve the existing vessel, He took the same broken clay conformed to this world and transformed it into another vessel.

I find these keys to be very important in knowing the will of God, Wisdom, Discernment, Counsel. Abiding in Him and His words abiding in us there lies in the power to transform the mind. The word of God is the wisdom of God, Colossians 1:9-10, “9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

What is the point of praying for wisdom if God is going to tell us exactly what to do? The bible does not tell us exactly what to do in every situation as we read it. It gives us wisdom within His word to act on His permissive will with His guidance, Proverbs 3:5-6, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths”. A number say “trust your heart”, the truth is, you cannot trust your heart because it is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, Jeremiah 17:9, Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV). We must trust God through His sufficient word For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints”, Proverbs 2:6-8, Proverbs 2:10-12, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 3:3-8.

The bible says, “He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; And a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, …”, Ecclesiastes 8:5-6. Those seeking to know and love God must employ the word of God that gives knowledge, wisdom, ability to discern. Paul’s prayer,  “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God”, Philippians 1:9 -11, 1Corinthians 2:12.

Walking in wisdom means knowing, thinking, praying and acting biblically in everything we do such as who to marry, where to live, work, raise children, serving the Lord. This calls for God to show us, teach us, guide us (Psalm 25:4-5) in counting the cost, surrounding ourselves with the right people (who know, think, pray and act biblically especially on big decisions), proving, testing all things in making decisions while trusting God to carry us through..

The true mark of spirituality is when we desire to know and live according to the will of God as revealed in Scripture, and that can be summarized as “be holy for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Our responsibility is to obey the revealed will of God and not to speculate on what His hidden will for us might be. While we should seek to be “led by the Holy Spirit,” we must never forget that the Holy Spirit is primarily leading us to righteousness and to being conformed into the image of Christ so that our lives will glorify God. God calls us to live our lives by every word that proceeds from His mouth”, Gotquestion.org

In all we desire to do we must constantly ask ourselves, is this going to bring glory to God or self? This is why we abide in Him, His words abide in us then with wisdom we know and learn what and how to ask. To continue, Blessings Ev

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