Please give my friend and fellow Military Spouse, Anji Budzinski, a warm welcome to My Messy Desk as she shares about this important word… Abide.
ABIDE: Middle English, from Old English before 1000 AD = (abidan, gebidan), pronounced: (ābīdan, ġe-bīdan) = remain, wait, delay, remain behind, to conform to, to acquiesce in, enduring, continuing, compliance, residence.
Old High German = (v. bītan, irbītan, abida, abidan, gebidan), pronounced: (bay-ee-than, eear-bay-ee-tahn, ah-bay-ee-dah, ah-bay-ee-dahn, gaey-bayee-dahn) = await, remain, wait, delay, remain behind
Gothic = (n. usbeisns), pronounced: (oos-bey-sins) = expectation, patience, dwell.
Hellenistic Greek = (v. πείθεσθαι) peithesthai, pronounced:(pay-the-say) = to believe
Latin = (v. fidere), pronounced: (fee-dare-ay) = to trust
Greek = (v. μένω) menó, pronounced: (men’-o) = to stay, abide, remain
Hebrew = (v. יָשַׁב) yashab, pronounced: (yaw-shab’) = inhabitants, to site, remain, dwell
Merriam-Webster = (v. abide): to accept or bear (someone or something bad, unpleasant, etc.), to stay or live somewhere, to remain or continue, to wait for, await, to endure without yielding, withstand, to bear patiently, tolerate, to accept without objection, to remain stable or fixed in a state, to continue in a place, sojourn.
What does God’s Word tell us?
“Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abide in the vine, thus neither can ye unless ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abides in which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:4
Jesus is telling us to live in Him as He lives in us. We must stay in the main source of food and sustenance (His Word) and we cannot live in Him unless we read and live His Word (Bible, Scriptures). Jesus is our food and life source; our daily lives are the byproducts of keeping Him at the center of our existence. The person who lives, dwells, emulates all that Jesus has said remains centered on and in Him.
“He that says he abides in Him ought, even as he walked, himself also so to walk.” 1 John 2:6
“Whoever abides in Him, does not sin; whoever sins, has not seen Him or known Him.” 1 John 3:6
People who profess to live as Jesus did and follow His teachings (to live in Him) should show actual proof of His teachings in their everyday life. If they don’t speak and act like Jesus taught, they never really knew or saw Him. They did not dwell, inhabit, trust, remain or believe in Jesus.
In his first letter, John shows how the love of God and communion with Him ultimately brings a sense of peace and confidence: “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as that one is, so also are we in the world” 1 John 4:16-17. When we inhabit and live within God’s love, we live in God and He inside of us in our hearts, souls and minds.
“But who may abide the day of His coming?” Malachi 3:2. His first coming was without external pomp or show of power, and yet in truth there were few who could abide (live with) its testing might. Herod and all Jerusalem with Him were stirred at the news of the wondrous birth. Those who supposed themselves to be waiting for Him, showed the fallacy of their professions by rejecting Him when He came. His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process.
“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” Psalm 15:1. When we are taught about God, we will see that only our spotless Lord can find acceptance before the Majesty on High. Until we are “in Christ,” conformed to His image, there is no abiding place for us in His tabernacle.
“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:24-27. We must allow God’s Word to be true in our hearts and minds. We must live true to Jesus’ teachings to live “in” Jesus and God the Father. For that obedience we will receive eternal life with them. The anointing we have received from Jesus is the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts, minds and souls, guiding us to obey all of God’s and Jesus’ teachings. The Holy Spirit shows us what is true and untrue according to Scriptures. Because of that, we will live in Jesus.
Abiding in Jesus is more simple than we make it out to be. Read Jesus’ teachings and apply them to our everyday lives. Remain in His Word, study the Scriptures and use them to guide our every action and conversation. Obey Jesus’ teachings fully. Be patient, believe and trust that all of the things that occur in our lives are for His glory and our eternal good. God will use it all for His Holy will in our lives and those with whom we come in contact.
Anji Budzynski and her husband Brian, a Navy Senior Chief, live in Virginia and look forward to retiring this year after 25 years of service. They recently helped propel their 22 year old daughter, Natasha, into self-sustaining adulthood. They enjoy growing and steering their strapping 17 year old son, Chris, and feisty 4 year old daughter, Miss B, through childhood.