THE DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL OF THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION).
DATE: SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 2017 (TRINITY 2)
READING: JOHN 15:6-1 1
TOPIC: ABIDE AND BE BLESSED IN CHRIST
“To abide” means to stay, to continue in a place, to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition, “to have one’s abode, to dwell, to reside, to sojourn, to endure, to remain and to last”. It is good for us to confess we are Christians (Rom. 10:9); but your character tells better the story. Your character develops over time as you abide in Christ. The life a Christian lives is what helps him to develop a distinct character for himself. “Anyone who does not abide is cast out as a branch and is withered and thrown into the fire to burn (Y 16)”. Abiding enables us to draw strength, grace unction for godly living and every other good things from the Lord. Avoid the grave danger of not abiding in Christ which predisposes us to the risk of being cut off as a dead branch of a tree that is cut and thrown away and men pick it for firewood.
In order to abide, love the things that please God; read and keep His commandments, delight yourself deny yourself and take up your cross and follow him, living a prayerful life.
Prayer: In Your name, dear Lord Jesus, make me abide so as to be a full Partaker of the blessing in Christ Amen.