Abiding in Christ
Welcome to the conclusion of the series on worry. I hope you were able to spend some time in John 15. This is the portion of scripture where Jesus explains a critical aspect of our relationship with Him. Here we find our key to victory over worry and so much more. Not striving but abiding, not trying but trusting, not you but Him. If you would like to spend time in a deeper study of the word, Abide, a good place to start would be this LINK at Bible Hub.
” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:4,5 NKJV
Reading these verses in several different translations is very helpful. Below is the Holman Christian Standard which uses the word remain instead of abide.
We are to be attached to Jesus as the branch is connected to the vine. The vine is everything to the branch.
Abide, remain, and stay are all good, but I particularly love the word that Corrie ten Boom choose. She used the word nestle.
“Remember when Jesus told the parable of the vine and the branches in John 15? He said the secret to abundant living is in staying attached to the vine. An unattached vine has something to fear. Not only can it not produce fruit, but it will be burned in the fire. But an attached branch has no fears. All it has to do is nestle close to the vine, and the vine does all the work, sending its sap through the branch and producing luscious grapes. It is not the branch that produces the grapes, it is the vine.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
So when worry comes, refuse to be carried away. Instead, immediately call on Jesus. Devote your energy and time to focus all the more on Him. Not your ability but His power. Victory is in Christ Jesus.
Corrie ten Boom sometimes quoted the following lines from a poem. The author is unknown.
Cowardly, wayward, and weak,
I change with the changing sky,
Today so eager and strong,
Tomorrow not caring to try.
But He never gives in,
And we two shall win, Jesus and I.
Corrie ten Boom said “Prayer is the sturdy answer to worry. I urge you to find a place where you can be alone with the Lord. Let it be your own little private prayer chapel.” Corrie wrote much about the topic of worry and fear because it is such a common problem for many believers. A number of her books have chapters devoted to the subject. She wrote one book entirely about gaining freedom from worry, fear, tension, and anxiety. The title of the book is DON’T WRESTLE, JUST NESTLE.
How do you respond to worries and fear?
I have a little practical method that I’ll share with you now. When I find myself beginning to feel stressed, or anxious … I stop and pray.
- Stop whatever I am doing at that moment
- Start talking to the Lord
- Ask Him to take over and handle it completely
- Surrender to His control
- Expect to have the worry replaced with peace and calm from Jesus
- Thank Him
- Repeat as often as needed
Do you have a plan? Do you have certain scriptures ready for these times?
Please share in the comments below.
I am praying that each person reading this little series will nestle in close to Jesus.
Has this series been a help to you? Do you know someone that you should share this with? Don’t forget to share your worry plan in the comments. I love to hear from you ♥