“I will NEVER leave you” – Jesus

6 10 2013

old vineAs Christians, many of us constantly strive to stay worthy of God. Many of us have fallen back into bad habits that we were set free from, and because of this we feel distanced from God our Father. We may feel that we have disappointed the Lord so badly that He has forsaken us forever! Because we believe that He has forsaken us, we feel all alone in a desert place with no HOPE. I hope that this article helps bring understanding to your wounded soul!

“The Spirit of God revealed to me the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before. As I read, I saw it all! “If we believe not, he abideth faithful.” I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed)! That He had said, “I will NEVER leave thee.” 

“Ah, there is rest!” I thought. “I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I’ll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me ­ never to leave me, never to fail me?” And, . . . He never will.

…As I thought of the Vine and the branches, what light the blessed Spirit poured direct into my soul! How great seemed my mistake in wishing to get the sap, the fullness out of Him! I saw not only that Jesus will never leave me, but that I am a member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. The vine is not the root merely, but all ­ root, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit. And Jesus is not that alone ­ He is soil and sunshine, air and showers, and ten thousand times more than we have ever dreamed, wished for or needed. Oh, the joy of seeing this truth! I do pray that the eyes of your understanding too may be enlightened, that you may know and enjoy the riches freely given us in Christ.

…It is a wonderful thing to be really one with a risen and exalted Savior, to be a member of Christ! Think what it involves. Can Christ be rich and I poor? Can your right hand be rich and your left poor? Or your head be well fed while your body starves?

So, if God should place me in serious perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trials, much strength? No fear that His resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me.

But I am dead and buried with Christ, and risen too! And now Christ lives in me, and “the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Do not let us consider Him as far off, when God has made us one with Him, members of His very body. The only power for deliverance from sin or for true service is Christ. And it is all so simple and practical!

But should we always be conscious of this abiding in Christ? If I slept at your house last night, would I cease to abide in your home because I was unconscious of the fact? We should never be conscious of not abiding in Christ.”


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