I am trying to find out why I am not able to abide. I noticed that I will be connecting with God, rejoicing, thanking Him and praying n after a while I fall back into my besetting sin n I want to find out what is missing? Will someone respond? What is the key to remaining n abiding? I am a bit frustrated cuz I feel like I am not growing in abiding!
The key is to stop trying!!! Abiding is a gift of Presence. Everything begins with God. Check out: 1John 4:19; James 1:17; John 3:27; Romans 11:35/36. We cannot ever enter Presence by "doing".
We enter by receiving and resting in Who God is for us in Christ. We do nothing to enter in; but we do everything to STAY in; to REMAIN in = To Abide. We are a dwelling place of God; a habitation. He has made His Abode in us, therefore we can abide in Him.
We abide by Acknowledgement of all that He is in us in Jesus. REST is the key to Abiding. We are learning to live in His Rest of Partnership with the Fulness of God. Matthew 11: 28-30
This is a great response from Graham and I so agree.
One of the primary breakthroughs in my journey was when I realized that whenever I felt I was having a hard time with God, He wasn’t having a hard time with me. He was always there with a gift of kindness, compassion and gentleness for me to receive - but often, I couldn’t see it because I was trying so hard to connect with Him.
When God doesn’t quickly answer the question, "What is missing in my experience of You that would cause me to think or act this way?" …He is often sending us the message: “I’m not panicked about this. I know your heart and your desire to live in My right ways. I’m totally confident in Christ in you and the genius Holy Spirit, so before we ‘deal with this issue,’ how about we just sit together in My perfect peace?”
You might want to check out "Perfecting the Art of Bouncing Back” which is all about turning what seems like a setback into a comeback. God never intends for us to just regain territory, but to come out higher because it.
I'd also recommend spending time in the mentoring series here on BTV on "Story and Journey" - especially Episode 3 "The Journey of Grace," (but I think you'll find all of it very empowering).
You’re learning that there are really no “good” or “bad” days with God… only Days of Grace.
Thanks so much for sharing that journey with us.
Perfecting the Art of Bouncing Back"
Story & Journey: The Journey of Grace