Abiding in God’s Will
- “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).
The verse of scripture has a much deeper meaning than you may think. To “abide in Me” is to live in Christ and Him in you. And you are forbidden to meditate or touch anything that is not of Him. This part of the verse is not too difficult to understand for anything of sin should not be let in. The next part of the verse has been misunderstood for a long time by many and needs further explanation; “and My words abide in you.” Here is what most people think this part of the verse is saying; if you stay away from sin and read your bible every day, or as often as possible then you are abiding in His word. Therefore, their belief is that the promise in this verse “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7b) is automatically working for every believing Christian. And when it doesn’t work in their life they question their faith and the Truth of the Bible.
Let’s look at what Jesus says about the written word, i.e. Holy Bible, (logos). “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).
We must be willing to answer the call of the Holy Spirit and be willing to follow Him to the depths of our spiritual journey. He will take you through various situations a long this journey teaching you what His Words really mean. Whether it’s the written word or spoken Word we must obtain understanding for this will increase our knowledge and with knowledge we will become much wiser.
The Deep Calls unto the Deep
Now let’s give this some thought. It’s not too difficult to read your Bible and restrain yourself from offending God. So why doesn’t every Christian receive whatever they so desire after all the Bible promises it to be so? The promise in this verse we are discussing states that “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
This is a very powerful promise and I will explain how you are to obtain this promise. Know the first part of this puzzle of truth must be broke down in order for us to see the prerequisites outlined within it before we can receive the full measure of the promise and its manifestation. Allow me if you will to stretch your faith a little and share with you what I have been taught by the Holy Spirit. The next few steps are not meant to offend but rather to help set you giving you a way to begin walking in the fullness of the promises of God.
Remember this one thing! The Holy Bible is 100% from God and is all true. Truth will always work when applied as instructed. If what you have been taught in the past is not working then it’s not being taught correctly and it’s time to ask the only true teacher for the correct answers. The Holy Spirit is the author and teacher that will give you all truth and nothing but the truth. Also remember what is written in the Holy Bible is not all there is to know about God’s ways and thoughts. We can continue to learn more daily from our God; for He is NOT dead He is alive and is speaking to you and me.
Who or What is the Word of God?
First of all, the Bible is not the Word of God, Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He can speak to you through the written words found in the Bible but do not be confused; He is not wood pulp and ink bound in genuine leather. (ref. John 5:39-40)
The Holy Scriptures are a compilation of divine events that are inscribed testimonials about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. When you are reading from your Bible you need to know the difference between the (logos) word and His (Rhema) Word. Many words in the Bible have more than one meaning for they originated in other languages other than English. So, when we read our Bibles in the English translation the same word can be used over and over as having the same meaning; however, in the original text it may have multiple meanings. If you are reading your Bible and you are just obtaining information as you study you are reading the written word or you could say the (logos) word.
The Holy Spirit can use any book, billboard, poster, man, woman, child and even a donkey to speak to you. There is no limit to how God can speak His (Rhema) Word or to say His Life Giving Word. We are always looking for the Life Giving Word, the (Rhema) Word of God. The (Rhema) Word changes or lives and gives direction, heals and delivers us.
Do you know what it’s like to have the Holy Spirit speak His (Rhema) Word to you in the very hour of your greatest need? This is the (Rhema) Word this verse is talking about not just whatever you want to read or claim for yourself. The verse is referring to the (Rhema) Word from Jesus Christ who IS the Living Word in this verse. “If you abide in Me, and My words (His Rhema Word) abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). I hope and pray you understand this part and use it as your spiritual compass to guide you through life. Continually keep your spiritual antennas up ready to receive every Life Giving (Rhema) Word that comes to you. When it comes it is from your Master, King, Lord Jesus speaking to you. Pray, hear and obey, for it is the Christian way.
Amen, so be it!
Written by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic ProphetFor more prophetic media groups click here