WALKING IN LOVE – WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love.
John 15:10
The words of Jesus are just as relevant today as they were the day He spoke them. I this verse Jesus speaks about obeying Him or living a life free from sin. Far too many who claim to be Christians take a casual look at living free from sin. Many have allowed the anything goes attitude of today’s world to effect their life and lifestyle. There is a subtle, daily barrage on our faith. Only dependence on the Lord and daily fillings can keep us free from the stain of the world’s sin. Yes, it is possible to follow the Lord in our day to day lives. Yes, it is possible to obey His commands. His commands are not hard because He Himself lives in us to see them fulfilled. What is our part? We yield and abide in His presence. Andrew Murray preached often and powerfully about abiding, hear his pleas.
“Loving obedience is the answer to the joy of His continuous presence. Over and over, in John 14–15, the Lord sets the condition: He who knows my commands and obeys them, him my Father will love. And then He specifically says, “You are my friends if you do what I command”. In our relationship with Christ, love is everything: the love of Christ for us, and our love for Him as it finds expression in our love for our neighbor. Too few believers believe this truth. They cannot believe that a heart submitted to Christ is capable of loving Him and living within His commands and love. They do not believe the promise of the New Covenant as spelled out by Ezekiel: “I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”. These promises of the Holy Spirit were the guarantee that the disciples would love Him and guard His words. To live “in Christ” and “through the Holy Spirit” was the secret of the effectiveness of the disciples’ prayers to bring down God’s blessing on all their work.”
The key to living this life free from the sinful lifestyle of this world is abiding. You are probably well on your way because you have read this far. How do I abide? Daily read His word. Allow His word to become involved in your thoughts and decisions. Stay filled with the Spirit. Speak to yourself, like Paul said: with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Walking in His commands comes naturally when you are filled with the Spirit. Focus on Christ inside of you, He will do the rest.

2 Replies to “WALKING IN LOVE – WALKING IN THE SPIRIT”

  1. In December this year..I “heard” you say simply If you will read your Word Daily and Pray in the Spirit Daily the rest follows, that is All that is required of me..Now we both know you have said this thousands of times before yet on this day I received it as a Mandate to my spirit, this missing link, my lifeline, the missing puzzle piece, whatever…lol..not that I hadn’t before had a daily regiment of these things but somehow someway it took root with the latter staement..”that’s All that’s required of me”….
    Forever Changed! Saturation and Breech of the Flood Walls beyond repair…Oh what a freedom I’ve found..yet actually was given. Thank You Thank You Thank You for your faithfulness in Loving our Lord Pastor Frank you truly are my Pastor, my Shepard on this this earth..leading me in the direction I must go. Signed…lol one of your Sheep

  2. Even though I knew what abide means, I decided to study that Greek word, meno. I had a decent general understanding but as I read deeper into its meaning so many scriptures came to the surface and began to fit perfectly together. I’m convinced Paul shared one secret when he said pray without ceasing. Only as I am in my globular with Christ encompassing me, on me and in me, can I walk in love to all. Not there, abiding, I can hardly walk in love with my loved ones when conditions are right! \o/

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