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John 15:7-8

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

     A Christian’s relationship with God has many benefits.  Not only are we secure in our salvation, but we are also placed in a position to receive many promises from God that can be obtained now.  We do not have to wait until we get into heaven in order to see God’s power manifested in our lives.  However, there are conditions that we must meet in order to receive from God, and John 15: 7-8 tells of two of those conditions.

     Jesus said that we must abide in him.  This means that we must live our lives focused on him, and we have to voluntarily submit every area of our lives to his lordship.  Jesus is not implying that we can truly walk away from him, but we can turn our attention to the things of this world and live as though the things of God do not matter.  One of the secrets to abiding in Christ is to live a spiritual lifestyle that centers on reading God’s word.  If we start and end our day with scripture, the power of God’s word will keep us focused on him.  This shows the connection between God and his word that Jesus hinted at in the second part of verse 7.

     When we focus on God’s word, we are abiding in God’s presence.  And when we meditate on God’s word, and speak it into our lives, God’s word becomes a part of us.  To have God’s word abiding in us is to keep is active in our lives by giving our attention to it and speaking it.  The Holy Spirit will empower the words of the Lord and bring about the miraculous in our lives.  And when we do this, Jesus said that two things would happen.

     A Christian who remains or abides in Jesus and meditates on God’s word will experience many answered prayers.  When we keep this connection with God, our words become filled with supernatural power.  And when we speak to our circumstances, we do so with the authority and power of Jesus himself.  And this is actually the will of God.

     The second thing that Jesus said would happen is that God would be pleased with our lifestyle of power.  God is glorified because we are using his power to work miracles and see his kingdom take dominion over the physical realm.  Jesus stated that this is the mark of his disciples, they would have supernatural power.

     Center your life on God’s word, and submit all of your life to God.  When you do this, you will operate on a supernatural level.  You can ask God what you will because your mind will be in sync with God’s will.  Live the supernatural life, the life of power that God desires for you.