Mike Bickle is in the middle of a series titled “Abiding In Love” where he is unpacking many verse’s from John 14-17 in which Jesus gives His final comments to the Apostles/disciples as He is making His way to the cross. These chapter’s are more profound than I understand because in them we see Jesus’ heart for God, for us and for others. And throughout these chapters Jesus’ also clearly defines what loving Him really looks like.
There is much conversation about love today both within the Church and outside the Church. Many things that Christians, even leaders within the body of Christ are calling love are not what Jesus considers to be love, or loving. This is why it’s so critical to get our understanding and truth, not from pop culture, or what society says, but from the Words of Jesus and the scripture as a whole.
I believe that through these few short quotes and following the link to Mike’s actual message you will find some truths that will help you abide in Christ, in the way that Christ has designed us to. Here are some thoughts from this message;
“We can’t view our lives as successful through others. The reason for this is because the majority of our lives are hidden in Christ and not visible to the natural eye.”
“When it comes to abiding in Christ we don’t His (Jesus) and He can’t do ours. We have to talk to Him, trust His word and obey His leadership. And He gives both the desire to remain in Him and the grace to do it.”
“Obedience is the glory by which we enter into unity with Jesus. Many view obedience as a dreaded task and something that’s painful, but with clear revelation, we start to see obedience to Jesus as our glory in this age.”
“Jesus is instantly alive in our Spirit through the new birth by the power of the Holy Spirit. But His activity is progressive in our soul (heart—mind, will and emotions).Though we are instantly saved through salvation, we are also being saved through progressive sanctification and we will finally be saved in the age which is yet to come.”
“Because we don’t see rightly as fallen humans we aren’t able to prune ourselves. Therefore we must allow God to prune our lives because God prunes not only the negative branches (areas of our lives) but He also prunes the positive branches (the good areas of our lives). As humans, we almost never cut away those things that are growing and this is why we need the Great Husbandman (God the Father) to prune our lives.”
If you would like Mike’s notes/video from this message you can grab them here.