*** Chain of Prayer - 24th to 25th October 2016 - From 12 noon to 12 noon - Please pray for us. Click here to view in English. ***

This Month's Promise

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

- (Romans 12:12)

Read: John 15: 5-11


"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly ... ” (Colossians 3:16)

Who is a disciple of Jesus? The answer for this is found in John 8.31 - “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” In other words, Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, then you are truly my disciples.” What does it mean to abide? “To remain”, “to live”, “to be at home.” Do you just visit your home? Definitely no! Similarly you must not visit the Word as an occasional guest. You must move in and live with the Word. You must wake up with the Word and go to sleep with the Word percolating through your heart and mind. In Psalm 63:6 David writes, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” In Psalm 119.55, the psalmist writes, “In the night I remember your name, O Lord”, and in verse 148 he writes, “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate your promises.” The Word of God must shape your world view. It must govern and guide your thinking, your attitudes, your speech, and your behavior. There should not be any area of your life that is not subject to God’s Word or influenced by it. Thus “abiding” obviously implies time spent in the Word of God over a long haul.

Dear friends, we must become “Scripture saturated”. However our goal must not just to get information. It must be for transformation. We must seek to master the Bible well so that the Bible masters us. Our purpose should not be to become smarter sinners, but to become more like our Savior. How does this transformation occur? It is only by the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit to bring about true inner changes that shows forth on the outside we need to see Jesus in the Word of God. (II Corinthians 3.18). Both the Word and the Spirit transform us. It is a life-long process. It is a process of progressive sanctification. It is metamorphosis - something like the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. We are changed from glory to glory. So, let us abide in the Word of God, always. Then we will be disciples becoming more like our Master.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding that I must continuously abide in your Word. The Word will reveal to me the glory of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit I will be transformed in His likeness moment by moment. Thus I will be made a true disciple of Jesus. Amen.