2. Marks of a Disciple: Abiding.

by Mary Beth on May 24, 2017

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Our next consideration in the Marks of a Disciple: Abiding.

2.  Regular Study & Devotion to God’s Word.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him,
“If you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
~John 8:31,32

What is governing your life in the decision making process?

Another way to ask this question,

is God’s Word chief governing in your life?

Do we cling to it?  Dwell deeply?

How are you weighing decisions on finances? Identity? Sex? Emotions?

Future spouse? Conversations?  Culture?

Your body, mind and spirit?

“Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable,
through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass. 
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
~1 Peter 1: 23-25
There’s a difference between knowledge that puffs up and actual pondering,
meditating and abiding in the Word.

Do you have a regular time to study and soak in the Scriptures?

Where in Scripture are you abiding?

Are you resting in God’s Spirit to lead you?

Dwelling deep in regular study and devotion in the Word of God,

helps to govern our lives in the decisions that we make daily.

This world, especially our culture will press regarding

our values and priorities,

finances, parenting and our worldview.

As a Biblical Christian, we need to abide, seek, and submit to the Word of God.

To love and anchor to Scripture,

knowing that they are the joy and delight pif our hearts.  Jeremiah 15:16

“…sweet are your words to my tongue…” Psalms 119:103

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“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing tot he division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning
the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
~Hebrews 4:12

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While visiting the Suba people in Mafangano Island, Africa,

We had the joy to hear testimonies,

and to witness how the holy Scriptures-

ushered transformation into this village!

  Transformation from  friend to friend

further marriage to marriage-

family to family,

and village to village

throughout the entire island!

Even their boats were transformed,

from previously believing they carried evil spirits,

to boats repainted with Bible Translation Literacy.

The boats now deliver the Word of God,

translated into their own heart language,

for everyone to read for themselves.

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“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
~Peter 1:3-8

Are you experiencing this type of transformation?

Transformation that changes a heart of stone into a heart of flesh?

Transformation that brings perseverance, character, life, and hope

to your own heart, friends and family?

Hope that will not disappoint, spoil or fade!

Where are you abiding for direction?

What are you turning to for fulfillment?

The Lord promises to watch over His Word to perform it..  Jeremiah 1:12
“Is not my Word like fire, declares the Lord,
and like a hammer that breaks the rod in pieces?”  Jeremiah 23:29

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“Fire and hammers destroy and demolish-

so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our conscience and bring us to the end of ourselves.

Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape-

so we should expect Scripture also to purify us and build us up in godliness.

As Christians, we need to experience both aspects of God’s Word,

and we need to preach both the afflictions and comforts of Scripture to ourselves and to those around us.”

~TableTalk, Ligonier Ministries

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As a disciple of Jesus Christ,

we hunger and aim to abide, savor and obey,

the Word of God.

For it is through the holy Scriptures,

we have the honor, joy and daily opportunity

to taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

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