John 15:4 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
The word used here for 'abide' in Greek 'meno' refers to 'dwelling'. Abide can also to translated as 'to come into agreement / understanding'. When Jesus said these words He did not mean to come into agreement, He meant to dwell. After the resurrection, Jesus ascended to the Father then, whom did He refer to as dwelling 'I in you'? Jesus was referring to His Spirit - the Holy Spirit.
It is only by the Holy Spirit that we get connected to Jesus - the vine. By ourselves we can not bear fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is only by the Holy Spirit can we bear the true fruit. For this we need to dwell in Him as He dwells in us. So let us drown ourselves in the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, totally immersing ourselves, our wants, our needs, our like, our dislikes, our strength and our weaknesses as the Spirit of the Lord works within us and makes us fruitful.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, I thank You for your Spirit. I thank You Holy Spirit that You found me worthy and chose to dwell in me. Help me drown myself completely in You, surrendering my life unto You. Prune me and enrich me and help me bear all your fruit. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
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