|Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM|
Last Friday evening during our 24 Hour Prayer Vigil that runs from noon Good Friday to noon Saturday, the Lord spoke to me. It was during my hour of prayer from 9 pm until 10 pm. Over the last couple of weeks I have been wrestling with the Lord over some theological issues, trying to understand some perspectives from scripture and trying to get a handle on some personal spiritual issues. As I sat at the Communion table engaged in worship and then moving into a time of deep silence I heard the Lord speak to me. It was from deep within. He simply said, "Be patient, you'll get there." I was encouraged and have since then been able to relax and be patient. This morning I recieved from scripture an insight on how He wants me to be patient. The lectionary reading for this morning was John 15:1-11. This is a very familiar passage. This is the "I am the vine, you are the branches" passage. In these eleven verses the "remain" is used ten times. To "remain" in something implies a continuity; to stay close, to remain connected. And that is what Jesus is implying. If we remain in Him (stay close, connected etc.) we will experience His fruit (v.4), His power (v.5), His words (v.7) and His love (v.9-10). And so our challenge is to remain constantly in Christ. The Greek work that is used here comes from the Greek word MENO. And it means to abide. From this word we have the word ABODE - which gives us further understanding that to remain in Christ is to "live in Christ" and Christ lives in us". Furthermore, the word MENO also means to wait. And this is where I got my clue this morning. As I stick close to Jesus, as I stay connected to Him and allow myself to wait upon Him, I begin to get His answers, His Words, His thoughts. His power. I have always engaged in the discipline of listening prayer, but the only way I can describe this is the discline of yielded silence. It has been amazing. Today if you are wrestling and waiting for answers, remain in Jesus, wait upon Him in silence, yield yourself to Him and the answers, guildance and power will come. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you learn this. Peace.