The experience of God’s confidence, strength, wisdom and love abiding in our soul lessens our desire to live in sin. We realize that our sin jeopardizes the relationship which has become most precious to us. We desperately desire to stay close to God more than we desire our own way. Many of us live the Christian life in the drudgery of the rules without ever experiencing the complete joy of a relationship with Christ. The dry, dissatisfaction of living by the rules often drags us back into the world. We are deceived and believe that the Christian life is boring and miserable and that only the unsaved are allowed to enjoy the pleasures of the world. I used to think that way. I justified my secret sins while living outwardly as a “Christian.” I was a huge hypocrite. Worst of all–I lied to myself and–I believed my own lies. I was miserable. Now, I’ve discovered the relationship God always intended for me and–I never want to lose it!

You see, the more I get to know God, the less I desire the slavery of sin. The relationship is too important. The Bible says: “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.” (1 John 3:21-24)

“Abiding” is like a circle–

He loves us, we experience His love, we desire to please Him and He desires to please us with Himself. When we “abide” in Him, we experience His love, joy, wisdom, strength and peace within us. Then–all the wonderfulness generates an obedient heart. We WANT to stay close to Him! His Spirit gives us direction, confidence, strength, peace and focus. We’re relieved of the profound weariness of bearing the burdens of the world in our own strength. When we abide in Him, we’re no longer weakened by sin because God is neither weak nor sinful. When we abide in Him, a piece of Heaven resides in our heart!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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