"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask
what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."
What does it mean to abide? If you are a law abiding person, are you not following and obeying all the laws within that community or state you live in? So for us to “abide in Christ” carries the willingness (a choice) on our part that says we are in total agreement with who You are God, with what You stand for, and Your purpose for our life—everything about You, we surrender to. For Christ’s Word to abide in us, we are also equally accepting all that His Word is—we become a part of that also, as we abide.
His Word is above our own thoughts and so guides us in our ways. When we understand this as the condition for the promise given directly after, it shouldn’t be so hard to accept the promise as truth. “You shall ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” This promise
people find very hard to accept, and it shouldn’t be that way. The desires we
would have if the condition is met (abiding in Christ), would all be in line
with what God’s purpose is. Standing in faith on the promises of God, and
receiving that victory—glorifies God. It glorifies Him because we are putting
Him first in our life. We are being led by Him. We are living by faith. We are
bearing the fruit of His labor. It’s all from Him, but it comes through us. The
fruit grows on the branch, but He is the vine and causes it to happen. In
summing this up, it is those persons who experience God’s promises who are His true disciples.
Father, I want to truly be Your disciple. I want to experience the victory of Your promises in my life. Father, I want to abide in You and I want Your Word to abide in me. Help me to surrender my will, to be the same as Your will. I put all my trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.