A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):—abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own. (strongs 3306)
When I am instructing my children of things that are the utmost importance…I repeat myself, Why? its critical for them to understand that it is for their best interest to know and understand what I am saying. Mostly those situations are to protect them and keep them safe, as I see a bigger picture than they do. GOD is also a Parent in the sense of Heavenly Father, my Abba, and also my Yahweh…which means in this instance that HE sees the big picture, and desires to protect and keep us safe in HIS will. When I am reading a passage of scripture and I hear the LORD repeat himself over and over…Abide..Abide..Abide…Abide…HE is stressing HIS point. Stopping and taking it to heart that it is most definitely something I need to learn, remember, apply, make it part of my life/home. Abiding does not come naturally to us, we wander just like children..we see something that distracts us and maybe it glitters alittle, and before we know it we are not walking in the direction we set out for…not abiding or remaining.
Abide mentioned 10 times in the KJV/ Remain 11 times in the NIV just in John 15, in an area of 13 verses.
Those that abide in Christ – John 15:1-8/ II John 9
Those that DO NOT abide in Christ – John 15:1-6 / II John 9
Who Abides forever – Psalm 61:1-4 / Psalm 125:1 /
I John 2:17
Who Abides under the Shadow of the Almighty –
Psalm 61:1-4 / Psalm 91:1
I can not speak for you or your walk with the Lord, I can only speak for me. Abiding/remaining is more than just a belief system, it is where our belief system and our reality (life) actually come together. I need to get back to this…Its important, its critical…my Abba said it to me 11 times in about 7 verses..
(NASB) John 15
7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
16“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
What an awesome promise! Abide in HIM, and HIS WORD abides in us, we will ask and it will be given…How? By abiding we will be asking for what is in HIS perfect will…HIS will becomes our will by abiding/remaining in HIM. AMAZING!