Friday, 23 March 2018

'ABIDE IN ME'

"Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit" - 1 John 4:13
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The first indices of abiding in Jesus is demonstrated in the workings of His Spirit in us. Many believe those who speak in tongues, walk in the anointing or manifest the gifts of the Spirit are those who are truly abiding in Him. 
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The signs of abiding in Jesus is manifested in the character (fruits) of His Spirit in you (Gal. 5:22-23). The place of the anointing and the power of His Spirit are different from the fruits of the Spirit.
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A man can walk in the power of the Holy Ghost and still go to hell (Matt. 7:22-23). But you cannot manifest the fruits of the Spirit and end in hell. Do you know why? Because he has allowed the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus to work in him or he has subjected his life to the law (Rom. 8:2).
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Do not crave for the power of the Holy Ghost when your life is deficient of the fruits of the Spirit. He did give us His Spirit to cast out demons; He gave us power to do so in His name but His Spirit was given to you so that you can dwell in Him and He in you.
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God cannot dwell in a life that's not filled with love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; but He can use some vessel to achieve His purpose and cast them away.
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To abide in Him, allow the nature of His Spirit to produce fruits in you and pray these fruits into your life one after the other until you see their manifestation.
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When His Spirit fully resides in you and all His fruits are evident, it'll be easy for you to receive the baptism of Holy Ghost and power and the power received won't destroy the vessel carrying the power (Matt. 9:17).
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Are you abiding or living outside of Him?




By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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