As a fish abides in water and cannot live without it, so we need to abide in Jesus and not be able to survive without Him. How do we abide? We firstly need to know we are loved and therefore we become obedient to Him. We will abide more by investing in His word. That will tell us all we need to know. There needs to be a commitment to prayer, dialogue with God is necessary. Before there can be much fruit there will be much pruning.

This means that God will be glorified as we abide deeper and our prayers will be answered more clearly. Our joy will be complete as others will become included in our love. Nevertheless, the deeper we abide the more opposition we will receive. It is not the devil’s will that we should be closer to God or that we should grow spiritually.