Jesus Lives

ABIDING IN HIM

I delight in your desire to live steadfastly in My Presence, as if you were a tree planted close to Me. However, unlike a tree that cannot move from the place where it is planted, each moment you can choose to stay near Me—or not. Though I never leave you, you can “leave” Me by forgetting I am with you. When that happens, you start looking for ways to bolster your own resources. You also tend to run away from challenges I have placed in your life.

My Spirit, who lives in you, will not leave you in this compromised condition. He helps you remember who you are and Whose you are. You belong to Me! Returning to Me is not an arduous task. Simply affirm your trust in My unfailing Love. As you thus reconnect with Me, My Love washes over you—cleansing, refreshing, and filling you. No matter how many times you forget Me, My Love for you will never fail. Grow strong in this constant, nourishing Love.

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.

[Psalm 52:8]

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

[Deuteronomy 31:6]

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

[Romans 8:26]

To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

[Ephesians 3:19]

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