How many times have you felt a situation in life that seemed too big to handle like a wave that was crashing in? Very often they come in the form of a sickness, a divorce, an unexpected financial problem, a death of a loved one, etc. Fear creeps into these moments and they become bigger than we think we can handle.
These are all serious moments that happen to us, but did you know that you were never meant to be overwhelmed by a situation. Maybe you wonder then, “Why am I feeling overwhelmed?” or “How is it that some people just seem ready for whatever life throws at them? Are they wired differently or just naturally resilient?”
The truth of the matter is that as Christians we have a built in readiness preparation plan, but a plan is only as good as it is followed through. In John chapter 15 we have an insight into this plan
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.5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
This is one of my favorite passages in scripture as this lays out how our lives are to be lived as Christ followers. There are a couple things to know in this:
- Abiding in Christ is a continual fellowship with the Holy Spirit
- Our lives in Christ are never meant to be lived out apart from the friendship of the Holy Spirit.
- We are to be rooted to Him, to allow Him to be our anchor. Everyday.
- The fruit that He is declaring over your life as you abide in Him is love.
- In John 13 we see the command that Christ gives but we also see the fruit of discipleship…34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
- So the fruit you see in John 15: 8 is love.
- And where love is…fear cannot be is what 1 John 4:18 tells us.
- As you abide, remain, stay connected His joy becomes your joy!
- Fear of what if no longer can have a place of residency because in it’s place is the knowledge (the experiential knowledge) that God has you in His love, right in the middle of the moment that used to feel too big.
- His love changes your emotions and His joy becomes yours, but not in measure, but in fullness!!!
You see, remaining in fellowship with the Holy Spirit truly does change everything. You become ready for whatever life throws at you, because of the preparation of our soul before the moment that you needed it, as you stay connected to the Holy Spirit.