Dwelling and abiding

A Japanese soldier when interviewed said that the way they survived when short of food was by watching the monkeys in the jungle. What the monkeys ate they ate.

In the same way we should never be ashamed or to proud to learn from others.

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Albert Speer the man who was Hitler’s Architect was tried at Nuremburg as well as the others. His’ life was spared because of all the Nazis, he was the only one who acknowledged the wrong and guilt of what they did.

Likewise it is not until we acknowledge and repent of our sin that we can receive the pardon God through Christ is so willing to give.

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Dwelling and abiding

Both Esau and Jacob lived with Isaac. Esau spent most of his’ time hunting, roaming over hill and dale. Jacob spent most of his’ time among the tents of home.
They both dwelled there but Jacob abided there.

“One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple”. Psalm 27:4

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, no more can ye, unless ye abide in Me” John 15:4

In the first verse we are taught that nearness to God is something we can seek and pray for. That it is something that we should seek for constantly and evermore. It tells us of God’ beauty. We all know God’s holiness but this discourages us. That He is beautiful is an encouragement to seek Him. His’ love shown in Christ is an invitation to come.

We also have the place we may find Him, in His’ temple.

In the Old Testament this was the tabernacle or later the temple. Although the children of Israel knew that God could not be contained in any man made building, He graciously deigned to dwell in a special sense in this place. The person who prayed in or toward this holy place, God promised to hear.

In the New Testament and till the end of time God dwells and can be approached in and through Christ and within the Spiritual temple the, body of Christ.

In the second verse Jesus speaks of the intimate and vital life giving relationship between Him and us. It comes with the command to abide in Him. It seems there is an imperative to consciously and constantly keep in this “abiding’, the result of this abiding is “fruit”. We also can say as well that to abide in Christ is the way to become more like Christ. To see the beauty of God is the way to become beautiful for God.

Are we in this relationship? Are we seeking to bear fruit for Christ? Are we seeking great likeness to Christ?

“Ask, Seek, Knock”.

 

 

 

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Dwelling and abiding

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