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ABIDE

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

by Amber & Christian Balderas



THE STORY BEHIND THE SONGBy Amber Balderas


I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.”  - John 15:5 (The Voice)


This song is close to my heart because it is a reminder of what living for Jesus is all about. I believe that being a follower of Jesus is far more about living life with Him and loving like He did, and far less about doing the things we think we need to do for Him. So often we envelope ourselves in the doing, that we forget the living. God desires relationship with us, more than He desires accomplished tasks. To truly abide in Christ, means to remain in Him, as He remains in us.


The Greek word for “abide” is “meno”- which means not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, to last, to remain as one, and not to become another or different. When we abide in Christ, we are continually present with Him, we are aware of His presence, and we live our lives alongside Him.


1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you?”


Have you ever heard it said, that when two people - usually a husband and wife - live together for a long time, they begin to look alike? They begin to adopt the other’s habits, language, culture, and even their appearance. This is the image I see when I think of abiding with Christ. I think of us living our lives so closely to and with Him, that we begin to look like, talk like, think like, and love like Jesus did. The more time we spend with Him, the more we adopt His nature; His mercy, greatness, and faithfulness.


A few years ago, I found myself in an overwhelmingly dark season. I became absorbed by my weaknesses, and I failed to find any strength. God gave me a revelation that I will never forget: the less there is of me, the more room there is for Jesus. The more “weak spots” I possess, the more areas there are for Jesus to take up residency. I began to see my weaknesses as places I needed Jesus to fill, rather than wounds I needed to hide. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul writes about his weaknesses, saying, “So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! … For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.”


As you listen to this song, I pray that you experience the abiding, never-departing, always-present Comforter. He wants to live life with you, and He wants to know you.


He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” -John 3:30 (NLT)


I want more. I want more of You.

So much more. Lord, abide forevermore.



FULL LYRICSVERSE 1

Mercy

Known by Your mercy

That You would save the world and live in me


VERSE 2

Greatness

Known by Your greatness

I am becoming less for more of You

I am becoming less for more of You


CHORUS

He abides in me

Oh, the Comforter is here

He's alive in me

I'm no longer bound to fear

And I will sing through the night

‘Til the morning, You’re my Guiding Light

He abides in me

Oh, the Comforter is here


VERSE 3

Presence

Here in Your presence

My heart has found great joy in You alone


VERSE 4

Faithful

Lord, You are faithful

Your promises will stand until the end

Your promises will stand until the end


BRIDGE

I want more

I need more of You

So much more

Lord, abide forever more

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