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"Abide In Me."

In a former article we drew attention to certain things which are implied in abiding in Him; and we desire now to write concerning some of the promises and blessings that accrue from this happy condition.

The first of these we will find in the Lord's words

"If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye

will, and it shall be done unto you" (John i5. 7).

This is certainly a wonderful promise, but it is easily possible for us to look for answers to prayers when really we are not abiding in Him. In such condition the Lord may not grant that for which we make request.

We have seen that abiding in Him implies that we are keeping His commandments (1 John 3.24); therefore if we are negligent concerning His commandments it follows that we are not abiding in Him, and so this promise of receiving what we ask for cannot be claimed.

If we are not abiding in Him we are likely to be wanting and asking for things that are not in keeping with the Lord's will, and of course it is not possible that the Lord should grant such things. In 1 John 5.14, 15, we are told, "This is the boldness which we have toward Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions. which we have asked of Him.".

We have a Father in heaven who loves us and desires to give us good things, as the Lord made so plain one day when speaking to His disciples. He said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" So His exhortation to them was, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you " (Matthew 7.7-11). Ask, seek, knock-the first letter of each word spells, ask!

May we ask His help to "abide in Him," and so doing we can count on the promise being fulfilled

"Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father

maybe glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, that will I do. If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments" (John 14. 13,15).

The next item of blessing we draw attention to in connexion with abiding in Him is that this condition being ours we shall abide in His love, and shall have His joy in us, and have our joy fulfilled (John. 15-10, 11). The true disciple of the Lord is a joyful person. True, he may, and will, meet very much that occasions sadness in this world; but underneath, in his heart, he knows a peace and joy that are a source of strength to him. Strength through joy!

Thus it was with God's remnant people in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. When they had heard the law of God read, with an interpretation, they wept as they understood the message; but they were told" This day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye grieved; for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8.8-10). As the Lord Himself sad pronounced judgement on Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because of their rejection of Him, we are told, "In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit" (Luke 10. 13-21). He could abide in His father's love as He moved about amidst the sad scenes of unbelief, and know His Father's joy.

The third precious promise connected with "abiding in Him," which we may notice has to do with the time when we will be in His. presence:

"And now, my little children, abide in Him; that, if He shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming (or, in His presence)" (1 John 2.28):

That day, the day of His manifestation, is approaching when "we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him even as He is." Those who abide in Him will have their rewards, and joy, boldness, and glory will be their portion; but for such as fail to abide in Him shame and lack of boldness will be their experience. Let us keep "that day" well before our minds and in our hearts. To have the Master's " well-done," at the judgement-seat, and to wear the tokens of His approval at His manifestation will more than compensate the sorrows and sufferings of this "little while."

And now, my little children, abide in Him"