The Power of His Word
The King James Version uses the words "abide in me" where as the NIV uses "remain in me." I want to remain in Christ and I want His words to remain in me. Why? Not only because I enjoy the blessings which come from such living, but as the Scripture says, "ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
Our motive for abiding in Christ is not to get three wishes. Our motive is that we might live in the power of Christ.
As we remain in Christ and allow His Word to remain in us, we walk in greater power. Have you noticed how sneaky the devil is in keeping Christians from getting into the Word of God? He does this because he knows that when we get into the Word and abide in Christ we become powerful as the power of Christ abides in us!
When we abide in Christ and His Word abides in us, we have power over demonic strongholds and fortresses designed against us. Those weapons, which the devil sends our way to destroy us, only serve to build us up. When we are in the Word we know not to fear those demonic weapons because the Word says, "no weapon forged against you will prevail"(Isaiah 54:17).
We can wake up in the morning with that word in our heart and upon our mind and recite it back in the face of the devil and say, "Satan, no weapon you've forged to use against me will prevail because my God is on my side. My God will be my shield! My God will fight for me! My God will crush you underneath my foot!" (Romans 16:20).
As His Word abides in us, then we know that "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in C ...
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