If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto (for) you – John 15:7.
Abide – To remain, to reside, to submit to and carry out. To cling to, to adhere.
Abiding is a place where no matter what is going on in your life, it will not move you from submitting to the Word of God and the will of God. People want God to answer their prayers but they don’t want God’s Word to take first place in their lives.From the beginning of man’s creation, God has given him instructions to live by, but man has always desired his desire for his life rather than God’s desire for his life. Living as a true Christian is a choice and not a chore. If we desire God’s best then we need to give Him our best. We can’t serve Him truthfully only when we want our prayers answered. God is love, but He also is a God of disciplinary.
Job was a man that loved God and he hated evil, meaning actions contrary to the Word of God. Job hadn’t sinned, God permited but didn’t order Satan to test Job. This wasn’t to prove to God what Job would do, but to prove to Satan and Job what he would and wouldn’t do. Job lost his cattle, servants and his children, Job prayed (And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly [accused with wrong] – Job 1:21).
Job could have blamed God for all of his misfortune, but he didn’t. He continued to pray and praise God. As though Job’s lost wasn’t enough, Satan gave him a second test resulting in the loss of his health. He was stricken with boils from the crown of head to the sole of his feet. Serving God does not exempt the Christian from being tempted or attacked by Satan. Satan know those who are truly sold-out to serving God and they are the ones he attack.
Abiding in God when it looks like you have lost everything and everyone. Abiding in God is believing He will come to you rescue. Faith is something you don’t see but you believe. Daniel’s friend’s known as the three Hebrew boys was put to a test to see whether they would bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. They could have bowed and saved them from going into the fiery furnance, but they placed their faith in God and not Nebuchadnezzar. Prior to being thrown into the fiery furnance they replied to the king (If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnance, and he will deliver us out thine hand, O king. But if not be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up – Daniel 3:17-18.
“If not”, does not indicate a lapse of faith on the part of the three Hebrew boys, rather they recognized that somtimes it was the will of God for men of God to die “in the line of duty” as they served Him. They knew that God was able to deliver them, but did not know if it was His will. As true Christians, they are considered soliders (Thou therefore endure hardness [hardship] as a good soldier of Jesus Christ – 2nd Timothy 2:3).
Like soldier’s in the natural they die sometimes in the line of duty and so does spiritual soldiers. As a spiritual soldier it’s their duty to fight the good fight of faith until they are called home to live with the Father. Don’t stop praying and praising God when you come under attack by the enemy. Don’t lose faith in God because you maybe going through a difficulty test. Put on your armor; having your waist girded with truth, have on the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Place your faith in God, not what you see, hear and feel. Faith is what pleases God; holy living is what makes Him move on your behalf. Always remember whatever you’re going through Jesus is there to walk you through it by faith. He will never leave you or forsake you. Keep on praying, fasting, reading and studying the Word of God. Keep attending church so your faith will continue to grow in God. Don’t place your trust in what you’re going through. (Nay, in all these things we are more than conqueror through him that loved us -Romans 8:37).