Abiding In Christ
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
If you've found yourself "struggling" to abide in Christ, you're Not alone! Abiding in Christ involves a consistent state of remaining in the presence of Jesus; a spiritual state that can only be accomplished through the supernatural power of his presence.
There are many Christians who have repeatedly fell" into the grips of sin and now are convinced that this is just a natural part of the Christian journey. The continual cycle of desire, compromise, guilt, and repentance. Rinse and Repeat. Once again, somehow pushing the downfall into the back of your mind until you don't feel guilty anymore about breaking the vow to Jesus. The sacred vow to give your life to him, to honor him, and to live for him; Yes, that vow! (The sinner's prayer).
You were told, no doubt, that this is the case for ALL professing Christians; they all sin right?
Is this what Jesus taught?
Was Jesus a proponent of the many Christian leaders who advocate the weakness of the professing Christian and the inevitability to be overcome by sin? Is this belief and pattern acceptable as long as you repent and "get back up again"? In this regard, everything should be fine... Right??
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Christian faith continue to sell the false hope-inspired rhetoric, masking the reality of what's really going on; the reason behind why the professing Christian still desires and choose sin!
A professing Christian that commits an act of sin is demonstrating a major spiritual symptom; a symptom of something far more deadly than simply putting a bandage of "repentance" to cover the wound. Most, if not all, professing Christians in their company do not consider this symptom fatal because they themselves are equally wounded; struggling in the same sense, to abide in Christ...even the Christian leaders themselves!
Did you know that Jesus, himself, personally addressed this situation?
John 15:4-6, KJV "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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.If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned"
The original Greek word for "abide" is μένω (G3306) Strong's Concordance, meaning, To stay, remain in a given state; not to depart. To remain is to endure; to persist; to hold steadfastly to a purpose or state despite opposition or difficulty. It is continuing steadily in purpose or course of action.
What does this mean for the Christian to continue steadily in purpose?
Seriously, Take a moment and consider this...
If you are a professing Christian, ask yourself...
What is your course of action?
If not to obey Christ, then what?
Is it not to continue steadfastly, consistently in obedience to his commandments?
Isn't committing an act of sin oppositional to the Christian purpose and the death of Jesus? And yet most Christians find themselves casually violating known commandments with an obstinate false assurance and presumptuous heart that he will simply "forgive" them of their offense; until the next time...
How are you fulfilling your purpose as a Biblical Christian while in the act of sin?
Jesus said that those who sin are indeed slaves to sin. He didn't say, Only those who continually sin. He precisely stated that those who commit an act of rebellion against the commandments are slaves...they are not free!
John 8:34, KJV
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin (They are NOT servants of Jesus, for no man can serve two masters).
1 John 3:6, NKJV "Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him"
Those who have made their vow to Christ and later chose to commit an act of sin, believing that this is simply part of the Christian journey have been gravely deceived! Jesus states that they have neither seen him nor do they know him; they are living a lie!!
They have been simulating the Christian lifestyle through their own resolve and human ability, but have not experienced the true Biblical transformation Jesus spoke of within the scriptures. They've been conditioned to accept the very thing which Jesus came to set them free from. It is the one act of sin that reveals something very telling about the true state of their soul.
They want to stop sinning but they can't...
Are you ready to understand WHY you keep sinning?
Are you ready to STOP?