Sunday’s are busy for our family so I am late writing today. And I’ll be honest, I started to just skip it and pick up tomorrow but the Five Minute Free Write is good so I had take 5 (+ or -) minutes and write.Timer set…GO!
As has been my norm in this series, I will start with the definition but today I am only featuring the one I want to concentrate on:
to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified
I’ve mentioned before that my kids are musical and so songs come to me as I think of a particular word or phrase. The same thing happens with Scripture. Sometimes I hear a word or phrase and a verse pops in my mind. Today, while thinking about the word REMAIN, I thought of the verse in John 15 where Jesus says:
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (verse 4)
I love this. I especially love the ESV version where “abide” is used in place of REMAIN. He continues in the “same state”. While considering writing on this verse, I decided to look up other verses using the word REMAIN and I came across 2 Timothy chapter 2. Here’s what verses 9-12 say:
But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
And then there is verse 13:
if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.
It struck me that often my faith seems so small that I feel like my faith is gone. But thankfully, God’s Word tells me that He REMAINS faithful!! Why? Because I am His. It goes back to the verse in John 15. I REMAIN in Him — even in the hard times…even when I feel like my faith is gone…and even when I feel like I am far away — He is REMAINING in me. What a beautiful and comforting truth.
So how do we REMAIN in Him? How do we REMAIN faithful? Prayer, Bible study, fellowship with other believers are the three things that immediately come to mind. Life will throw things our way that will cause us to get off course. That is a fact. But isn’t it good news that God will not get off course. He will REMAIN.
Until tomorrow…Joy to You!
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