– Jack Hyles
Abide in His Word
You cannot get to know the God of the Word without knowing the Word of God, so to know God better you (and I) must be in the Word of God on a daily basis. Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4), and “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). Don’t expect to know God better if you don’t know God’s Word better.
Abide in Prayer
Just as we should abide in the Word of God every day, we should abide in prayer every day because Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7), but if you’re not abiding in Christ, then you might not receive what you pray for. It doesn’t make sense to expect God to answer our prayers if we’re not abiding in His Word and abiding in Christ.
Abide in Obedience
If we abide in God’s Word, and abide in prayer, let us not forget to abide in Christ. Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). We can’t bear any godly fruit apart from Christ, but if we abide in obedience, our fruit will begin to flourish. The fruits of the Spirit can only be seen in obedience.
Abide in the Body
Finally, the fruits of the Spirit are not just for us to see, but for the church and the world in general. If we abide in the Body of Christ, the church, then we’ll grow together and learn from one another. Imagine just one body part not being there when it’s needed? When we start to fall, it’s sure good to have the hand as a member of your body so that you don’t get hurt, so in the same way, we all need one another because we’re stronger together.
If you want to know God better, then be abiding in His Word daily, be abiding in prayer every day, be abiding in obedience to God’s Word, and abide in the Body to help yourself and to help the Body of Christ, the church.