Apostle Grace Lubega
John 15:4 (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.
Fruit is the result of abiding in God.
Christ, in our theme scripture, teaches us that a branch cannot bear fruit except it abides in the vine.
A Christian who abides in God is not conscious of lack because God is in the place in which he abides. As such, he or she functions continuously in the realm of the all-sufficient Lord.
When a minister of the gospel manipulates his flock to give, it is because he does not know how to abide in God. It is often the case that such a minister is only dependent on his gift and not a life of constant communion with the Father.
In Proverbs 18:16, the Bible says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” While the gift may open certain doors for you, it is not the guarantee of increase.
Only a relationship with God built on a life of consistently abiding in Him can ensure a life of continuous abundance.
Sometimes, our personal struggles with deficiency are because we have not learnt this truth. If a man feels deficient in strength, esteem, wisdom or money, it’s usually the result of living outside a relationship with the Spirit of God.
Learn to abide, child of God. Stay present to Him, in every place and at any time. A true relationship with Him does not rotate around a few selected moments of fellowship.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 2:6, John 8:31
GOLDEN NUGGET: Only a relationship with God built on a life of consistently abiding in Him can ensure a life of continuous abundance.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for deepening my relationship with the Holy Spirit. Thank You for killing every part of my flesh that causes indifference to His convictions. I abide in Christ even as He abides in me. There will never be a moment of any day when I am not attuned to Him, in Jesus’ name, Amen.