Abide

Abide_rotatorAs we read through the Bible with the BREAD program, there is recurring pattern that emerges. One of humanity’s downfall because of our desire to be our own gods, then comes depravity and despair and finally a God of grace who redeems the lost. I think this theme is recurrent because as humans we have a tendency to resort to our strength, knowledge, prowess, talent and resources to live our lives. It often seems easier to do things for ourselves and live by our own merits but this system is flawed and destined to fail. Not only that, but the very heart and essence of sin is sourced from this disposition of living life for self and by self, which only leads to a foregone conclusion. Yet in the scriptures, even God’s own people never learn. I’m afraid to say we are no different.

That is the reason for the incarnation of Christ. God knew that man could never redeem himself so He himself was made flesh and dwelt among us and did what no one else could, appease God’s wrath. We are desperately hopeless and helpless to obtain eternal life but God’s love brought our deliverance and our salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Yet even as Christians, we live our lives almost completely independent of Him. Void of His presence and without His power. We cannot make it. But if we walk in the Spirit and live in communion with God, the fruit of love, peace and joy becomes an outflow and consequence in our lives. Don’t fall into the trap, living your own way which leads to despair but walk with Christ and find abundant life.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5 (KJV)

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.