June 4 Abide in Me

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

If…You Abide in Me It is likely that no one quoted Scripture more than Jesus. When He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He responded with God’s Word alone.

Jesus was so familiar with the Word that He wasn’t fooled when the enemy distorted it. When Jesus spoke the Word in faith, God fulfilled it, and Christ overcame temptation.

God says, “[My Word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. If the church would believe this Scripture, it could shake the world. No word of God is empty of power.

If we want the Word to work powerfully in our lives, we must make sure it’s inside us. “Perhaps you’ve read this verse and tried it, but felt it didn’t work. Yet Christ was giving us the key to success.

Two conditions for answered prayer are “If you abide in Me” and “If…My words abide in you.” Abiding in Jesus means continual spiritual communion with Him by fellowship, worship, prayer, and fasting.

To test whether God’s Word is abiding or living in you, assess the first thing that comes out of your mouth when you’re under pressure. Is it an affirmation of faith, or is it fear, confusion, doubt, or anger? The Word is truly inside us when it directs our thoughts and actions, even under pressure.

Prayer: Father God, Jesus quoted Your Word when He faced temptation, and I want to do the same. Help me to know Your Word so I can defeat the devil with it as Your Son did. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: The Word is working mightily in me. Reading: 1 Kings 16–18; Luke 22:47–71; Matthew 4:4, 7, 10; Isaiah 55:11

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