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Make abiding your top priority

'Remain in me, as I also remain in you.' John 15:4 NIV

Jesus used the analogy of grape vines to explain what he meant when he told his disciples to 'abide in him'. He said: 'Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing' (John 15:4-5 NIV).

Abiding in Jesus simply means to stay with him. When we're connected to him, we can do far more than we can do alone. We are connected to his strength, his love and his wisdom. And that will make us fruitful - read about the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. When we are producing these fruits in our lives, we're living more like Jesus. Abiding in Jesus also means remaining in his presence. It's in his presence that we find rest, courage and peace. In the Psalms, David said: 'One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple' (Psalm 27:4 NIV).

Abide in Jesus: it is the source of our existence.

So what now? Make abiding in God's presence your top priority. From his presence will come everything you need for your life and for your day-to-day life.

Soulfood: Rom 3:21 - 6:23, Matt 14:1-12, Ps 145:1-13, Pro 4:20-22

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