If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
[John 15:7 ESV]
This isn’t a magical formula. This isn’t prosperity gospel, name it and claimed crap. This isn’t a secret way to get what YOU want.
This is about abiding in Jesus, so much so, that your desires are what God desires. When Jesus says, “ask whatever you wish” he means that when you abide in him, you will ask for whatever glorifies God. What you wish is what God wants.
Prosperity preachers like to twist and misuse this text to mislead you into thinking that life is all about you. If you pray rightly or think rightly or speak rightly or even give rightly then you can have what YOU want; your best life now. Can you see how that verse can be misused? All I can do is roll my eyes at those preachers and pray that they may see the TRUE light.
Abiding in Jesus is intimate fellowship with him; learning God’s will. No magical formula. Just Jesus.
Abide with HIM and know HIM. Then and only then will you have your heart’s desire.
The Pastor -|—
2 thoughts on “Abide and Know”
Excellent. That is the only way that passage makes sense. Wish I could take credit for the analysis. Sometimes it is difficult to keep in mind that God emphasizes the long (eternal) run.
Tony, I’m sure you said something along these lines at Bible study that I gleaned 🙂
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