“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
We listen to the voice of God in the Scripture. It is a great blessing for us to read the Scripture which is Spirit and life. When you meditate the Scripture day and night, it brings more blessing. Not only that. You will have to abide in God’s Word for ever. Jesus Christ who says “Abide in my Word” also insists on abiding in His preaching. “Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed” (John 8:31).
God’s words encourage you, console you and comfort you. At the same time, His preaching builds you up. In order to remain as a mansion in Christ, His words build the Spiritual life. So, the promises which are God’s words are important for you and His preaching are also essential for you. Some of the words of Christ healed the diseases and brought in the miracles. People were delivered when the demons were cast with His Word. It is a joyful experience. But when it came to preaching, they found it to be harsh. They began to slide back with the negative feeling of how such hard things could be followed. Jesus said “My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority” (John 7:16, 17).
For a plant to grow and bear fruits there are certain clear norms to follow. Water and sunlight are the basic requirement for a plant to bear fruits. Unwanted branches should be cut and the plant is to be cleansed. Similar to this, God also will cut the branches which are not pleasing to Him. He separated Lot from Abraham. Hagar and Ishmael who were the weeds were removed. He cleansed the family. It is indispensable that if anything which is against the Scripture is found in your life, it has to be chopped and thrown away. Unwanted creepers and branches should be cut off. “Evil company corrupts good habits” (I Corinthians 15:33).
What should we do to bear fruits? The first Psalm makes it clear for us. (1) Should not follow the counsel of the ungodly. (2) Should not stand in the path of the sinners. (3) Should not sit in the seat of the scornful. What are the things to be accepted? We should delight in the law of the Lord. We should meditate His law, day and night.
God’s commands and preaching are simple indeed. Taking Baptism will not harm anyone. A joyous satisfaction of fulfilling God’s Word will come into your heart. So, dear children of God, abide in the Scripture of God.
To meditate: “If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father” (I John 2:24).