Weekly Sabbath Survey
Abiding in the Vine — 6-22-13
Abiding in the vine is Bible talk for staying always connected to the Lord no matter what is going on around us. This is a difficult thing to do, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. We need to do this abiding not only in a crisis, but even in the best days. That way we are never caught off guard by a tragedy. We have ourselves prepared for most every curve ball life might throw at us because we are abiding. When we feel a lot of disappointment time and again, we have been unprepared (not abiding) or have unrealistic expectations.
We won’t be disappointed or disillusioned if we stay away from illusions. An illusion is something that appears to be something they are not. It is the mental state of being intellectually deceived or misled. This can lead to an awful state of regret and depression. There are times when we have deceived and misled ourselves without any outside help. We must make sure we are lovers of truth and are equipped to handle the truth.
Notice all the “D” words. Not good! Stay away from these Dees
Life is filled with disappointments. Big ones and little ones. The way to avoid all those Dees, is to stay with the Vine. ‘Abiding’ is the same as living or dwelling. It is a place where we all should be living. Suppose the worst news there is (you think at the time) is spoken to you or written to you. If you are abiding in The Vine there may be some sorrowing, but you will already have victory over the bad news because you have the divine connection that keeps us right side up when our world just went upside down. We abide in the Good News of Jesus!
Another way to look at this abiding thing is to compare it with the space walking astronauts. They survived in space by being tethered to their space craft. The tether provided everything they needed. As Christian Believers, we make it through everything on Earth because we are tethered to God. He has everything we need to survive.
On this subject, I recommended Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson. An Awesomely power packed little book. I read my copy again and again, about once a year.
I am the vine and you are the branches. According to God’s divine power He has given us everything we need for life and Godliness through the knowledge of Jesus, the one who called us to glory and virtue. John 15:5, 2 Peter 1:3
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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