Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Abiding In Christ

I am preparing to present a devotional at our Ladies' Prayer Breakfast this Saturday. So, I am facing one of the most dreaded things in my life....speaking in front of people. Yet, I know every time I do this, it gets easier.

I will be encouraging our ladies to abide in Christ. As I have been studying John 15:1-11, I have again purposed to make this a must every day, preferably in the wee hours of the morning. This is a battle I constantly face - getting my feet planted on the floor before the sun is up.

But as I study about abiding in Christ, I become invigorated. I know my strength lies in Him alone. How can I expect to respond to the constant barrage of life, without looking to Him first? But, abiding in Christ, isn't just checking the box of "quiet time". It is a constant, minute by minute, hour by hour realization my God is with me. He sees everything I do and think.

I want the mind of Christ.

I want to abide with Him.

And then this will be the outcome:

II Corinthians 2:14

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place."
How are you abiding in Christ this week? Try memorizing His Word.

3 comments:

Mary B said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing. I will be praying for you as you prepare your devotional...what a gift to get to share with other women what the Lord is teaching/has taught you! Blessings....

Annesta said...

Thank you so much for reminding me that of all the things I must do daily, abiding in Him, hungering after Him is the most important and hiding His word in my heart is key.
You have a beautiful way with words.
Blessings
~a

Stacey said...

Yes, this is truth, what you say. Abiding in Christ must be ongoing, hourly, minute by minute. I struggle so much with all the outside distractions. And we live in a dinky town, where I know almost no one, and don't go out to stores or things. We don't have a TV. And yet, I so easily get distracted. One thing I do, and we do, is make sure we maintain daily routines and rituals that draw us near to Him. We have set times of prayer and spontaneous times of prayer, set times of Bible reading, set times of devotion. We make a point of stopping what we're doing to still ourselves and be with God. Those seem to strengthen the other times, times all day long when we cry out to Him or turn to Him in thanksgiving.

I would love to have been at your devotional!

Stacey <><