Abiding in Christ
5For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us Selah—Psalm 62:5-8.
If we would have the Spirit to guide us into the abiding life, our first need is quiet, restful faith. Amid all the questions and difficulties that may come up in connection with our striving to abide in Christ, amid all the longing we may sometimes fail to have a Christian experience to aid us, amid the frequent painful consciousness of failure, of ignorance, of helplessness—do let us hold the blessed confidence: we have the unction of the Holy One to teach us to abide in Him (1 John 2:20 KJV). “The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you… and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
Make this teaching of His in connection with the abiding a matter of special exercise of faith. Believe that as surely as you have part in Christ, you have His Spirit too. Believe that He will do His work with power, if only you do not hinder Him. Believe that He is working, even when you cannot discern it. Believe that He will work mightily if you ask this from the Father. It is impossible to live the life of full abiding without being full of the Holy Spirit; believe that the fullness of the Spirit is indeed your portion. Be sure and take time in prayer to dwell at the footstool of the throne of God and the Lamb, whence flows the river of the water of life. It is there, and only there, that you can be filled with the Spirit. Cultivate carefully the habit of daily, yes, continually honoring Him by the quiet, restful confidence that He is doing His work within. Let faith in His indwelling make you jealous of whatever could grieve Him: the spirit of the world or the acting of self and the flesh. Let that faith seek its nourishment in the Word and all it says of the Spirit, His power, His comfort, and His work. Above all, let that faith in the Spirit’s indwelling lead you especially to look away to Jesus; as we have received the anointing of Him, it comes in ever stronger flow from Him as we are occupied with Him alone.
Christ is the Annointed Him as we are occupied with Him alone. Christ is the Annointed One. As we look up to Him, the holy anointing comes, “the precious ointment upon his head (of Aaron)… that went down to the skirts of his garments” (Psalm 133:2 KJV). It is faith in Jesus that brings the anointing; the anointing leads to Jesus and to the abiding in Him alone.
- Is abiding in Christ a fear or a burden? Why?
- Am I increasingly letting the Lord lead my life? Are there certain areas where God has more control than others?
Prayer – Father, I am so thankful that it is You, by the power of Your Spirit, that is alive in me; teaching, comforting, disciplining, and leading. Help me to rejoice in the confidence that I will succeed in my desires when my desires match Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.