Lesson 3

Abide in Him

It was at the garden tomb in Jerusalem while receiving Holy Communion that I felt the Lord say these words to me: ‘Take part in Me and in all where I will lead you, and you surely shall take part in Me. Abide in Me and I shall surely abide in you.’ These words struck me so deeply they caused tears.

The Lord later led me to John 15:7–11:

‘If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.’

These verses say so much. What really stood out for me, though, was to abide in His love. If we abide in His love it will become natural for His words to abide in us, for us to keep His commandments and by doing this, we will also experience His joy.

This was then confirmed in 1 Corinthians 13:13:

‘So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

So this means one needs to allow God to love us and we need to abide in His love. The Lord was to teach me this over the next year. It is also important to listen when the Lord speaks to you, for His words will encourage you so much. I always keep a prayer diary where I write down everything that I believe the Lord is trying to say to me. To make sure that I hear from the Lord and no other voice I will make sure I have the armour of the Holy Spirit on as in Ephesians 6:14–18 and plead the blood of Jesus as protection as they did in Hebrews 10:18–25, for the devil cannot stand the blood of Jesus and will run from it. I believe I am then ready for anything the Lord may want to do or say to me. I will share a couple of the words on love that I believe the Lord gave to me, which transformed me so much.

About three months after the word at the garden tomb, I believe the Lord said these words:

‘Yes, My child, abide in My love and My love shall abide in you. Wherever you are, receive this love, My child, for you are mine. Live in My love and you shall also walk in My love. Allow My Holy Spirit to infuse you with My love that you may learn to walk in love. Let My Holy Spirit infuse your mind for it still thinks in worldly ways and you still walk in worldly ways.

Yes, My child, you need to spend much time in My presence, that you may learn My ways, think with My mind and walk in My ways. Only in fellowship with Myself can My love break down your outward hard crust and break forth from you in a new love and compassion that I have for My children, My love that can set free, deliver, heal and make whole.’

This word enabled me to search my heart and discover the worldly ways I was still thinking and walking in. I then repented of these worldly ways as 1 John 3:6 says:

‘No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.’

I then came to the Lord daily simply to spend time in His presence, to come to know Him more and to drink of His love and beauty.

A month later, I believe the Lord spoke to me again as I was spending time waiting on Him:

‘Yes, My child, the more you drink of My love, the more you abide in My love. You drink and you live in Me and so shall your life be filled with My love, and this has to overflow. It has to overflow into rivers of living water, the water of love that has My power to heal, that has My power to deliver, that has My power to enable people to become whole. Yes, My child, it’s My love that has My power, for it is My love which is the living waters of life.’

This word came to me as a wonderful revelation and a new understanding. I turned to John 7:37–38 and read with new understanding:

‘On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”’

‘Is love the main substance of the Holy Spirit then?’ I questioned. It appeared to me that it was, for if we are filled with God’s love we will then serve Him out of love and not through duty or any other motive.

It appeared that to abide in Him is to abide in His love, as the Lord seemed to confirm to me the following month, after I had seen the Lord heal others when I prayed for them. He also called me His daughter for the first time rather than His child. I felt I had become closer to Him.

This is what I believe He said:

‘My daughter, it is because you abide in Me that I also abide in you. When I abide in you miracles will happen and greater than these will happen when you abide in My love, for then I can live in union with you, for then I can reach out to those in real need through you. Abide in Me, my daughter, and I shall surely abide in you.’

Psalm 91:1–2 says:

‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,

who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God, in whom I trust.”’

By abiding in the Lord, in His shelter, in His shadow of love and protection, He prepares us in love to reach out to others as in 1 John 4:11–12:

‘Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.’

This love can become more and more perfected in us over time. This love does not only cause us to love one another, but also prepares us for eternal life as John says in 1 John 2:24–25:

‘Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.’

Abiding in Him, abiding in His love, is though only the preparation for even more, a growing in Him, a growing in love, a walking in love.

On the plane on my first visit to Kenya I learnt from a book by Rees Howells that there are degrees, or stages, in abiding. The deeper the oneness, the more the power of the risen life of Christ can operate through the channel and new positions of spiritual authority can be gained. We need to abide without being called to abide. We need to walk in that position.

Further to that, from a channel you can become a branch, a branch where His sap can pour through you that produces much fruit.

I then felt the Lord say, ‘Sit up. I want to speak to you.’

I did and I asked Him, ‘Lord, am I a channel or a branch?’

He said, ‘A channel is used now and then, a branch is used all the time. A channel is as a watering can, the branch is there continually. As you abide in Me continually, you shall become as a branch. Abide in Me and I shall surely abide in you was My command. Abide in Me now and I shall abide in you now. You hear Me speak to you. That is because you abide in Me, but a deeper level awaits. As you abide in Me so shall you become more open to My presence, My guiding touch, My silent voice. This demands a closer walk, a keener ear and sensitivity.’

‘Lord, how?’ I asked.

‘That’s right by receiving, receiving My presence more and more. Yes, allow Me to envelope your life. If you want to move in the supernatural, you must also receive of it, from Me, by My Holy Spirit. If you want to be a branch you need to graft yourself to Me and so shall My Holy Spirit flow through you to My people. Then there will be greater results as you pray for them. As you are learning to hear and to listen you shall speak forth My word with power. It’s a total reliance on Me that I call you to. As you hear and obey I will do the rest.’

I thanked the Lord for His wonderful word to me and reached out for my Bible.

John 15:4–11:

‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.’

It is not enough to just know what the Word says. We have to live it, then we will see results. Little did I know then, that in the following week I would see the Lord heal 250 people in front of me. I saw the Lord’s glorious love and compassion for His people and almost stood back from it myself. Only during the following year was the Lord able to pour a drop of that love and compassion for others into my own heart, but I still had a lot to learn. I still had to learn how to enter His presence more and after that, to learn how to dwell in His glorious presence, so very much more of His glorious truths to learn and love.

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