Abide in Me – Part 1

Sep 30, 2021

Are you tired of trying to live the Christian life in your own strength and failing? Is your spiritual life dry and fruitless? In this episode, learn how abiding in Christ is all about receiving the life and work of Christ, so that He can live through us and our lives can be a reflection of Him.

The basic definition of the word “abide” means “to dwell.” Our dwelling place is not where our physical address is; our dwelling place is determined by what we treasure the most and where the deepest desires of our heart lie. God Himself desires to dwell preeminently in us, consuming our affections and producing His fruit of our lives.

In this podcast, we dive into what it means to “Abide” in Christ and how His Words must abide in us. We find that to live fruitful and abundant lives in Christ is not an issue of self improvement or greater personal resolve, it is simply a byproduct of treasuring the Word of God within our heart. It is as God’s Word and a personal relationship with Him become the single most important priority of our lives, that the fruit of our lives will express Christ Himself. Fundamentally, abiding in Christ is about receiving the life of Christ, the Vine, so that He can live through us.

Learning to abide in Christ is the cornerstone of understanding how we live out all the other commands. Obedience to the commands of Christ is not a work of our own. It is the natural outflow of Christ living and operating within us.

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  • Gabe Cleator, Host

    Gabe Cleator loves Jesus and desires to help others to cultivate an intimate relationship with Him. His years of ministry to young men through the Journey to the Heart program as well as serving with Family Conferences have all been fueled by his desire to see people embrace Christ as the All-Sufficient One.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Ministries and currently serves as the director of the Home Discipleship Network under the ministry of IBLP. His vision as the director is dynamic and focused. He says, “My heart burns to see God's people turn back to a vibrant, living Christianity that has Christ at the center and the Word as the foundation.” In 2021, Gabe released his first book, Always and in Everything, calling God’s people to discover the power of giving thanks in all things.   Gabe and his wife, Sara, live in East Texas where they enjoy serving the Lord together. Gabe loves spending time in the great outdoors, especially when it involves taking fishing trips or visiting National Parks. From mountains and canyons, to waterfalls and wildlife, he takes great joy in the fact that his Heavenly Father made all these things!

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. He gave his life to the Lord at age 11, while on his family’s farm in Northeast Indiana. As a teenager and through his 20’s, he poured himself into serving God—from completing his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, to working in prison ministry discipling inmates, and mentoring young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Through the years, he has carried his life verse of Isaiah 61:1-3 with him, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and to offer beauty for ashes—through the Person and work of Christ.  Today, he lives with his wife and three children in East Texas where Nate serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find him adventuring with his children (preferably with fishing poles in hand), perfecting his pour over coffee brewing, or reading one of his favorite authors—Andrew Murray or A.W. Tozer.