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~ Deepening our Relationship with Christ ~
Paul J. Bucknell
Deepening Intimacy | Obedience | Assumptions
Means of Intimacy #1 The Vinedresser | #2 True Vine | #3 Success |
#4 Means of Success | #5 Promise of Abiding | #6 Purpose of Abiding |
#7 Need of Obedience | #8 Need of Love | Friendship John 15:16-17 | Applying the Principles John 15:16 | Summary Principles |
Study Questions | Small Group Questions
Purpose: The Promise of Abiding exposits John 15:7 and shows the depth of intimacy that comes from abiding in Christ and He in us by the power of 'asking' what we would wish. This is step #1 of eight taught in the Abiding in Jesus series on how to be more intimate with the Lord.
“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).
Many Christians have misunderstood Jesus’ words here about getting what we want. This misunderstanding occurs because at times we believe it means we can get whatever we want from Him. It doesn’t say that. Jesus says that as we abide in Christ and His words abide in us that we then can ask what we wish and it will be done for you.
When our heart is tempered by His presence and His Word, then finally have room to stretch our prayers and seek His will. Without this restraining influence of God’s Word, we would wish very worldly things.
Jesus is unlocking everything for us. One person at a mission conference was upset that the congregation would pray for the world for five minutes. He thought that it would not have any impact. The truth is quite the opposite. When God’s people together seek Him and His will, nothing can hold back God’s will from being done.
The promise is meant to be open ended. There is no circumstance too hard; no wall so strong; no person so obstinate that God cannot break down or lead us around. His promise leads us into a world of hope and expectation. We only must not insist on how or when He answers but simply entrust Him to care for the problem. We can hardly understand what is involved in such matters. We need to trust Him.
=> Continue reading Step #6 to closer intimacy with the Lord: The purpose of abiding in Christ
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