John 15:7 “If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
“If ye abide in Me”.
Are you born again? Then you are abiding in Him.
“And My words abide in you”
If you are not refusing His Will and Way for you, and your sins are confessed up to date (1 John 1:9)….then His Words abide in you.
This word “abide” here, means more than….just come and go…..here and there.
It means….that it is a constant part of my life.
“And ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Notice it is not….
Through you…or by you….or for you, even.
(This was an amazing revelation to my soul, when the Lord pointed out what this said.
We sometimes zoom through scripture, thinking that we know what is being said….after all we have heard it so many times….)
But it is “unto you”.
Christ Jesus will make you what you ought to be….
If what you are asking done “unto you” is His Will….it will most certainly be done unto you.
What is the difference between “for you” and “unto you”?
“For you” denotes that God is working to increase your grace, knowledge or faith….through the Holy Spirit and circumstances.
“Unto you” shows us that some work needs to be done on what we already have.
(Like the Potter and the clay. Some shaping, or some kneading of the clay needs to be done….to make us ready to be molded and useable for what is next.)
This is amazing because what Jesus is talking about here is fruit bearing….us bearing fruit for Him….the vine and the branches.
John 15:2, 5 “Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”
The branch abides in the Vine….it does not hold on for dear life….it abides.
It lets the flow of life (the Holy Spirit) continue to work within.
But there are branches which do not bear fruit….or bear little fruit to God…..what of them?
First the Husbandman (Father God)….takes away the branches that just bear leaves.
They look good, but they are just taking in…and taking in…and taking in. They are hearing the Word, they are agreeing with the Word….but…
…they are not even bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit.
These are let go for a while to see what they will bear….but taken away when they only produce that which makes them look good.
Then the Husbandman “purges” the branches that bear fruit….that they may bear more fruit. How does He do this?
“Now ye are clean through the Word I have spoken unto you.” (Verse 3)
We often stop in our spiritual walk….we grow weary,….we begin to feel that we have “enough”….we let fear stop us.
Then the Word comes to us….and we are awakened to our trouble and set things right with God.
Then….”If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
We may not be able to remove the hinderance within…..but He can…
We may be willing….and this is what God requires….us willing with Him….to have it done….”unto us”.
To let God do as He wills….
….that we might “abide”…..constantly know His Presence and His Word to us.
How safe is the branch which abides in the Vine, and brings forth the fruit of His Life!