Stay

Continual action of staying in a given place, state, relation and expectancy results in a fruitful life.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart?

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord? Are you becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to your every word and thought?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as you wait in anticipation for the Spirit of God to bring them to life in you.

Every spiritual gift and power for doing his will are yours.

1 Cor 1:7-9 – Now you have every grace and blessing; every spiritual gift and power for doing his will are yours during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. And he guarantees right up to the end that you will be counted free from all sin and guilt on that day when he returns. God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. (TLB)

God is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son.

Have you accepted his invitation?
If you have, then
You have every grace and blessing!

Are we aware of what we have?

Every spiritual gift and power for doing his will are yours.
During this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wait: to expect fully. Look.1

Are we aware of what we have? Have we learned to wait and look expectantly? Do we daily experience and exercise the spiritual gifts and power that are ours to do God’s will? Or is there something that hinders our awareness and ability to exercise our gifts and power? Are we preoccupied with doing another’s will? What is our state of being? Where and for and with whom do we spend our resources: time, energy, thoughts, finances, skills…? Has the testimony about the Messiah become firmly established in us? Do we believe the Gospel? Do we trust the character and power of the Messiah?

Our heart is the soil, the life, in which the Lord God plants his seed, his word.

What condition is your heart in? Are there places that are hard and packed down from being trampled by stubborn, ingrained patterns of actions and reactions where the seed cannot penetrate? Are there places that are rocky, with addictive and obsessive ways of thinking and feeling, where there is no depth of soil to put down roots? Are there unhealed wounds and unmet expectations that keep our thoughts, emotions and actions hooked and choked so that there is no room for new thoughts and ways? Is there also a corner of good, deep, rich, pure soil, plowed, fertilized, watered, well prepared to receive and obey God’s word?

What do you know about life?

Through what perspective or light do you see and experience life? Is your view true and clear or is it distorted and murky?

Perspective: a specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, especially one that shows them in their true relations to one another.2

Do you know God’s will? Are you interested in God’s will? What is your motive in trying to do God’s will? By what means are you trying to do God’s will?

Are you doing God’s will through every grace and blessing, every spiritual gift and power that are yours through friendship with Christ our Lord? Do you know what these spiritual gifts and power are? Have you been trained in them?

This wonderful friendship with the Son of God, Christ our Lord! What are you discovering about God and yourself through friendship with Christ our Lord?

The source.

1 Cor 1:30 – He [God] is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (ESV)

God is the source of your life
In Christ Jesus.
God made Christ Jesus
Your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, your redemption.
Do you know this life in Christ Jesus?

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

Abide.

John 15:4-5 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)

Christ is the vine. You are the branch. A branch has no life in itself. The branch is utterly dependent upon the sap from the vine for life and ability to bear fruit.

What does it mean to abide in Jesus? What does it mean for Jesus to abide in you?

Abide: a primary verb; to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.3

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy. How active are you in abiding in Jesus? How intense are you about staying in a given place, state, relation, or expectancy in Christ Jesus? Or are you working to create for yourself a place, state, relation or expectancy in Christ Jesus?

Fail to continue in keen, habitual activity of staying in a given place, state, relation and expectancy in Christ Jesus, and we will not, can not bear fruit in doing God’s will. Apart from Christ Jesus we can do nothing.

Christ Jesus is our every grace, our every blessing, our every spiritual gift, our every power, our life! When our life (zoe) is consumed with abiding in Christ Jesus, there will be little left for bios, psuche, and flesh to hinder our constant, unwavering abiding.

Life is knowing the only true God.

John 17:3 – And this is eternal life (zoe), that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (ESV)

Worthless people.

1 Sam 2:12 – Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord. (ESV)

Their father was a priest who ministered to the people, but they treated the offering of the Lord with contempt.

What knowing God is all about.

Jer 22:16-17 – He upheld the cause of the poor and the weak, so everything went well. Isn’t that what knowing me is all about?” says Adonai [the LORD]. “In contrast, your eyes and heart are controlled entirely by your greed, your desire for shedding innocent blood, oppressing and extorting.” (CJB)

Do we regularly ask the Lord God to reveal hidden things that control our heart?

Show me your ways.

Ex 33:13 – Now therefore, if I [Moses] have found favor in your sight [Lord], please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight…” (ESV)

Col 2:1-3 – For I [apostle Paul] want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (ESV)

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

Show me now your ways that I may know you.
This was Moses’ continual activity to stay in a given place, state, relation and expectancy.

Do we struggle as the apostle Paul did on behalf of people he had not even met?
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love,
To reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding
To reach all the riches of the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ
For in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wisdom: thoughtful, practical skill, keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation.4

Knowledge: the act of knowing; allow, be aware of, feel, perceive, be sure.5

Read the texts again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

A way that seems right.

Prov 16:25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (ESV)

I myself was convinced.

Acts 26:9-11 – “I [Saul/Paul prior to meeting Jesus] myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities. (ESV)

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

Do not rely on your own understanding.

Prov 3:5-12 – Trust in Adonai [the LORD] with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths. Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear Adonai, and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones. Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income. Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine. My son, don’t despise Adonai’s discipline or resent his reproof; for Adonai corrects those he loves like a father who delights in his son. (CJB)

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

Trust in Adonai
Acknowledge Adonai
Fear Adonai
Honor Adonai
Don’t despise Adonai’s discipline
Don’t resent Adonai’s reproof

This is his command.

1 John 3:23-24 – This is his command: that we are to trust in the person and power of his Son Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah and to keep loving one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands remain united with him and he with them. Here is how we know that he remains united with us: by the Spirit whom he gave us. (CJB)

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

Trust in the person and the power of Jesus the Messiah.
Keep loving one another.
Remain united with him and he with you.
Stay in this place, this state, this relation, and this expectancy of union.

We know that he remains united with us by the Spirit whom he gave us.

A life-giving spirit.

1 Cor 15:45 – Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (ESV)

We know that he remains united with us by the Spirit whom he gave us.

A spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Eph 1:16-23 – I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

Pray
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you
A spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.
We know that he remains united with us by the Spirit whom he gave us.

His Spirit in your inner being.

Eph 3:14-21 – For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Abide. A verb. An action. To stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.

Pray
That according to the riches of his glory
He may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being
So that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith [trust].
Being rooted and grounded in love
You may have strength to comprehend
To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
According to the power at work within us,
Through his Spirit in our inner being.
He is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think
We know that he remains united with us by the Spirit whom he gave us.

Stay. Abide. Continue in keen, habitual activity of staying in a given place, the place of union, the state of union, the relation of union and the expectancy of union with Christ Jesus.

Ask our Father to grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Trust him, acknowledge him, fear him, honor him as he purifies and prepares your heart through discipline and reproof, to receive more of his life through his Spirit. Ask that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

Wait for him to reveal himself and make known to you every grace and blessing, every spiritual gift and power you have for doing his will. He himself, Christ Jesus, is our wisdom and our righteousness and our sanctification and our redemption. Know him! Be active in growing in your knowledge and experience with him.

They shall all know me!

Heb 8:11-12 – And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (ESV)

I will be merciful toward their iniquities.
I will remember their sins no more.
They shall all know me!

We know that he remains united with us by the Spirit whom he gave us. Abide in his word.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Inhale.
Exhale.

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty that you may serve him.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him. Become reverently responsive to what he says.

John 8:31-32 – So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

Abide in my word and you will know the truth

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

And the truth will set you free.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Wait: NT:553 <START GREEK>a)pekde/xomai <END GREEK> apekdechomai (ap-ek-dekh’-om-ahee); from NT:575 and NT:1551; to expect fully: KJV – look (wait) foreign (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Webster’s Dictionary

3Abide: NT:3306 <START GREEK>me/nw <END GREEK> meno (men’-o); a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): KJV – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for),  thine own. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4Wisdom: NT:5429 <START GREEK>fro/nimo$<END GREEK> phronimos (fron’-ee-mos); from NT:5424; thoughtful, i.e. sagacious or discreet (implying a cautious character; while NT:4680 denotes practical skill or acumen; and NT:4908 indicates rather intelligence or mental acquirement); in a bad sense conceited (also in the comparative): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Knowledge: NT:1108 <START GREEK>gnw=si$<END GREEK> gnosis (gno’-sis); from NT:1097; knowing (the act), i.e. (by implication) knowledge: KJV – knowledge, science.

NT:1097 <START GREEK>ginw/skw <END GREEK> ginosko (ghin-oce’-ko); a prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed): KJV – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know (-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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