How to Abide in Christ

What does the word "abide" mean to you?

Maybe you think of a sense of duty or obligation, like a “law-abiding citizen.” 

When it comes to “abiding in Christ,” it’s interesting to look at what abide means in the Greek language of the New Testament. 

The Greek word for abide is menō, which means to dwell or remain. Today, we might say this means to live in or to hang out with Jesus. It’s the idea of togetherness or oneness with Him.

In this quick lesson, Susan Freese shares practical ways to abide in Christ, as well as steps you can immediately put into practice.

Listen to How to Abide in Christ

Abiding is the secret to the Christian Life because, as we abide, God works through us.

1. Rest in Him

We not only believe in God, but also we believe God to rest in Him (Heb. 4:9-11). Believe in who He is, what He has done, and who we are in Him. 

2. Release everything to Him

We surrender our past, present, and future to Him. God is in charge of results and outcomes. He wants to bear more fruit through our dependence on Him. By releasing our all to Him, we allow our reliance on Him to be our priority.

3. Rely on the Holy Spirit

As we act in obedience to God’s will, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to complete things that are otherwise impossible. 

4. Receive all we need

We receive everything we need to complete what He started.

You may want to ask yourself these two questions:

What do you need to release?


What do you need to receive?

Download our free Abide Time tool, which will help you answer these questions as well as practical ways to abide in Christ each day.

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Abiding is a beautiful picture of a life-giving friendship with Jesus with numerous blessings.

Here are a few of the benefits of abiding in the Lord:

Jesus said, “if you abide in me and my words abide in you . . .” (John 15:7 ESV) 

  • You will bear much fruit for God’s glory.

  • Your prayers will be answered.

  • You will obey God.

  • You will experience God’s love.

  • You will experience God’s joy.

  • You will show that you are His disciples.

  • And God will be glorified.

So we want to hear from you. Let’s hear how you abide in Christ?

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