Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word,
you are my disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:31-32 NKJ
Abide: To remain, endure. To Dwell ~ The American Heritage Dictionary
Synonyms: To continue, persist, last, prevail, sustain, resign oneself, to bear.
I want to dance recklessly before the Lord, unashamedly abandoned. I want a life loud with His glory. But I’m caught, I am tied up with baggage and laden with worries, shackled by lies. I want freedom, to know the truth. I want to remain, dwell, resign myself to Jesus’s words about me and His words for me.
I waited and waited and waited for God.
At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
a praise song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
they enter the mystery,
abandoning themselves to God.
Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,”
ignore what the world worships;
the world’s a huge stockpile
of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
comes close to You!
I start talking about you, telling what I know,
and quickly run out of words.
Neither numbers nor words account for You.
Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
that’s not what you’re after.
Being religious, acting pious—
that’s not what you’re asking for.
You’ve opened my ears
so I can listen.
So I answered, “I’m coming.
I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
And I’m coming to the party
You’re throwing for me.”
That’s when God’s Word entered my life,
became part of my very being.
I’ve preached you to the whole congregation,
I’ve kept back nothing, God – you know that.
I didn’t keep the news of your ways
a secret, didn’t keep it to myself.
I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth
For myself alone. I told it all,
let the congregation know the whole story.
Now God, don’t hold out on me,
don’t hold back you passion.
Your love and truth
are all that keeps me together.
When troubles ganged up on me,
a mob of sins past counting,
I was so swamped by guilt
I couldn’t see my way clear.
More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.
Soften up, God, and intervene;
hurry and get me some help,
So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
will be embarrassed and lose face,
So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
will be heckled and disgraced,
So those who pray for my ruin
will be booed and jeered without mercy.
But all who are hunting for you—
oh, let them sing and be happy.
Let those who know what you’re all about
tell the world you’re great and not quitting.
And me? I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing;
make something of me.
You can do it; you’ve got what it takes—
but God, don’t put it off.
~Ps. 40 (MSG)
This month I want to talk about what it means to abide in the Word and explore freedom. Will you join me?