May 5: If My Word Abides in You
It is likely that no one quoted the Scriptures more than Jesus. When He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He responded with God’s Word alone (See Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). Jesus was so familiar with the Word that He wasn’t fooled when the enemy distorted it. (vs 6). When Jesus spoke the Word in faith, God fulfilled it, and Christ overcame temptation. God says, “My Word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
If the church would believe this Scripture, it could shake the world. No Word of God is empty of power. If we want the Word to work powerfully in our lives, we must make sure it’s inside of us. Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). Perhaps you’ve read this verse and tried it, but felt it did not work. Yet Christ was giving us the key to success.
Two conditions for answered prayers are “If you abide in me” and “If my Word abides in you.” Abiding in Jesus means continual spiritual communion with Him by fellowship, worship, prayer and fasting. To test whether God’s Word is abiding or living in you, assess the first thing that comes out of your mouth when you are under pressure. Is it an affirmation of faith, or is it fear, confusion, doubt or anger? The Word is truly inside us when it directs our thoughts and actions, even under pressure. Note: The Word is working mightily in me.
Let’s pray: Father God, Jesus quoted Your Word when He faced temptations, and I want to do the same. Help me to know Your Word so I can defeat the devil with it as Your Son did. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 19-20; Luke 23:1-25
Let God's Word Abide in You.