John 15:7 is a verse that was on my mind a lot this past weekend. It felt like it was being rooted in my thoughts and slowly dripped into my heart until it became more alive in my spirit. I prayed about it and I thanked the Lord for that sublime verse. It goes “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” What does it mean to remain in the Lord? What exactly can we expect when we do? If you want to ask the Lord whatever you wish and it will be given, it’s important to find out what remaining in Him truly means. What does it look like for you? This week as you receive a revelation of what remaining in the Lord means, expect great things to happen. It is when we are on God’s wavelength that we can hope for waves of blessings and miracles that are unprecedented. I like the word “unprecedented “ and I want to experience unprecedented favor and breakthroughs in my life. I want to remain in the Lord the way He wants me to. Let’s be a people that remains in the Lord and who sees unprecedented answers to our prayers.
To remain is to stay in the place that one has been occupying. Note here that there is the notion of having been in that place. We can’t remain in the Lord if we haven’t been in Him. When we get saved, we are in the Lord. That initial amazing place where we receive salvation is where we should stay. When we get saved we get a powerful footprint of the Lord in our spiritual DNA. We were all created by God but there a shift that happens when we accept Jesus into our lives. We get a stamp on our spiritual passport. We are good to go and we can proceed to the line of salvation. We can board the plane of life with the Holy Spirit as our pilot. The goal is to stay on that plane. I believe it is possible to fall out of salvation but the idea here is to remain on board with God. Remain in the Lord is letting His Spirit guide us and letting Jesus invade every part of our lives. We allow Him to become our whole and our One and only. When do you feel like you are in the Lord the most? I think a lot of people would say that it happens when they are in church or when they are praying. We can’t stay in church all week and we can’t be on our knees all day so what are some ways we can remain in the Lord more easily?
When you fill up an empty bottle with water, you are filling its content so much that anyone who sees it can identify it as a bottle of water. It is what’s on the inside that gives it an identity on the outside. When we are filled up with the Lord on the inside, it shows on the outside. He gives us our identity. Our identity is through Him. Now, a bottle of water will give you water, that goes without saying. It’s number one function is to provide water. As a believer filled with the Lord, our number one function is to give the Lord out, to provide the Lord to others. When we stay in faith, when we pray every day, when we acknowledge the Lord in all we do, we are filling up “our bottle” with Him. To remain in Him, we need to constantly give Him to others. What we say should reflect the One we have on the inside. What we do should mirror the One who saved our lives. Fill up with God through His Word and through communion with Him. The more you get of Him, the more you will stay full of Him because you will never be able to get enough of Him.
I want every day to feel like the time when I am in church or the time when I am in prayer so I focus on the Lord each and every day. I do my best to give in to Him. I want my actions to be controlled by Him. That’s when I know I am remaining in Him. It takes time but it is feasible. I believe that when we are like that bottle of water, full to the brim, whatever we ask of the Lord we will get. We can get whatever we want because we are so full of Him that we will ask in accordance with His will. We will get whatever we ask as well because He promised it and I trust Him. Remain in the Lord this week as much as you can and whatever you ask, you will receive!
Suggested reading: Psalm 37:4; 1 John 3:22; 1 John 5:14