Abide in the Lord Always

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Prologue

Brothers and Sisters, Treasures for the Soul today’s topic is “Abide in the Lord Always". In John 15, Jesus used the metaphor of the branches and the vine to resemble our close connection with Him. Abba prunes the branches so that they will be even more fruitful. We need to abide in the Lord in order to bear much fruit. It includes feeling the close connection to Him, being touched by Him, feeling no separation with Him, having different spiritual experiences with Him. May we go before God and enjoy the closest union with Him, living a life that’s hand in hand with Him.

Message

What is written in John 14 and onwards is very precious. The metaphor in John 15 is unforgettable. Using metaphors is good because it visualizes in your mind and you will not easily forget. The vine mentioned here is rooted in heaven, growing “upward”. It says ““I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1). The Father is the vinedresser and He prunes the branches. “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2) The Father is the vinedresser who prunes so that the branches may bear more fruit. He “prunes” us so that we can bless others even more.
A grapevine is not very useful; it’s no good for making a fire, nor can it be used for building a house. The sole purpose of the grapevine is to bear fruit. Some materials can be used for lumber, or to build a house, but a grapevine cannot be used for anything else but to bear fruit. God created this vine, not just for us to enjoy the taste (It’s very nutritious) but to manifest the precious truth to us.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4). No matter how hard you try by yourself, you can’t lead a fruitful life without God. There’s no other way out but Jesus. Paul also said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20) He lives in me so that we can live. In John 14 it says, “…Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19) He wants us to live for Him. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. The Bible says it very clearly that we cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Him. To abide in the Lord might seem abstract. Using the word “touch” can help you to understand better. We’ve all had experienced God, being loved and touched by Him. You can feel the connection with Him. While your feelings may vary, you know in your heart there’s no barrier between you and Him. You are united with Him. Jesus is very real.

The entire Bible is talking about the relationship between God and man. All the people recorded in the Bible were people who experienced God. He can be experienced in different ways. Those were precious experiences of the spirit. However, now is even more precious because in this age the Father and Son forever live in us. This is one of the greatest blessings of the new covenant. Even Adam did not experience this. Though our bodies are not as good as Adam’s, the spiritual blessings we now enjoy are greater. One day, we’ll have the resurrected body! You are truly so blessed to live in this generation, but you need to enjoy these blessings. Otherwise, it would be like you receiving the most nutritious food without consuming it.

It’s so precious that our hearts and His are connected. You know that the devil is trying to disturb you and prevent you from going close to God. You know it when you lose the enjoyment. God is there, but you lose the sense of closeness and enjoyment. Your heart still loves God, but you need to rely on Him to overcome all these. There is no other way to live our days but to come before Him. No matter how low a state you are in, you have to come back to Him by faith. There’s no hope for you to fix yourself or make yourself better before coming back to Him. It will only make you fail for longer. God welcomes you with great joy when you go back to Him. This is the most important. There is no other way. If you don’t come to Him, you cannot be helped by Him even though He is yours. Although He does take care of you in secret, you would not be able to gain the greatest blessing that you should. During your failure or weaknesses, you will still find His care for you, but you suffer a great loss.

It’s so precious and touching that we can have the deepest living union with this ever-living God. He desires for us to abide in Him and be connected with Him. That’s how we should live with Him. As we read Psalm 73, we can visualize that the Lord is holding our right hand, upholding us. Indeed, His spirit and ours are closely united. Being hand in hand with Him expresses the truth that His spirit and mine are closest, which is heart-warming and affectionate. We live with Him as His darlings and friends.

Series 1

Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

We are in the most blessed generation ever! By the Lord’s salvation, the Holy Spirit has come, and the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever dwell in our hearts. However, we must enjoy this union with Him. In John 15, the Lord used the vine and the branches to express the key: to abide in the Lord, and to abide in His love. This is the true experience of our spirit: our spirit connected to Him with no barriers. We let Him touch our spirit: He in us gives us strength and life; He opens our eyes, enlightens us, speaks to us, etc, causing us to be glory upon glory. How wonderful that we are united to the Lord of infinite life! We live with Him. Psalm 73 reads, “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.” This is indeed the experience of being heart to heart with the Lord, being touched by Him and walking with Him. In fact, we are more blessed than the saints in the Old Testament time.
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The Most Blessed Generation

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Message from John the Baptist

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Abide in the Lord Always

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Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times

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The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)