John 15:4- Stay with Me

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
-John 15:3-4

I am already clean.
That is what the Scriptures are teaching me.

There is nothing I could possibly do to be more spiritually clean than I am at this very moment. The moment I heard the Word, repented of my sin, and turned my life over to Christ, I became wholly, beautifully clean. It can become fairly easy to believe the lie, that I am somehow not clean.

It is easy to believe the lie that… God is displeased with me. A friend shared this quote a while back, and it shines brightly today: “You are doing better than you think.” I think of it pretty often. It’s not because of me that I am doing better than I think, but it is because of God and His work in my life.

God is not done with me yet, either.

When life breaks me, I can trust God is working beneath the surface. He works in all these troubling circumstances that I find myself crawling somewhere in the middle of it all. God has this. More important than the stuff I find myself in the middle of. The hard stuff my life is entangled in. God has me! There is no greater treasure than that. I know to whom I belong. Though I may forget more often than I remember. I know where my identity lies. I am a child of the Most High God!

God has cleansed me.
He loves me with an everlasting love.

In this love letter from my Abba Father, the words I feel being whispered to my spirit are these:

“Stay with me. You are clean. You are made new. You are mine.”

I may struggle to believe or have faith, in the midst of life-crushing situations, but God has all of this and holds me near and dear. In the middle of the hard stuff, I know I need to make my time alone with Jesus (spending it in His Presence basking in His sweet intimacy) a priority. I need to cry out to Him. I need to not allow emotions to build up. I need to just run to God. There isn’t anything can really do about the circumstances themselves, but knowing to make my intimacy with Christ at the top of my list is a starting place.

And… it is the hardest, yet most rewarding, thing I can do in the middle of the hard stuff.

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