Abiding

He Knows My Name . . .

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. (Live in Me, and I will live in you.) Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 (AMP)

The King James version uses, “Abide in Me and I in you.” It is the communion of union that brings life and fruitfulness to the believers life. In this abiding is the power of protection and provision released.

If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 (AMP)

We find our way into the “secret place” as we determine to remain in the constant communion of the union that took place at our moment of salvation; the intertwining of Spirit and spirit that makes all things new in order to create a new creature in Christ.

We dwell in the “secret place” by virtue of being in Christ as a branch, attached to the Vine with the bond of love. Our heart and attention is riveted upon Him:

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, . . . Psalm 123:2 (Amp)

Because of this love relationship, the Lord responds by covering us “under the shadow of the Almighty (Whose power no foe can withstand).” As we read in the last part of this beautiful, comforting, strengthening, encouraging Psalm:

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never). He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

That one who abides in that “secret place” develops an intimate knowledge of the Name of God. The Lord says that one “knows and understands My name.” This is the knowledge that reveals the character and nature of the Almighty to those that are in the “secret place.” Knowing Him in this way leaves no place for words that are contrary to what He says, thoughts that are contrary to what He thinks, nor a life outside of His life. There, we are hidden. – Selah

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