Abide in Me – Part 2

Sep 30, 2021

What is our source of life? Our only source of life is Christ Himself—we find this as we abide in Him. But what are the things that hinder us from abiding in Christ? One thing that can hinder us from abiding in Christ and producing fruit for His Kingdom is competition from other things, even good things, in our lives. In this episode, we take a look at the things that God wants to prune away in our lives that keep us from abiding in Him. 

God’s goal in pruning us is not to make us better people. His goal is to replace us with His life. Is this a difficult or painful process? It can be. But it is filled with beauty and hope. When we allow God to take things out of our lives, He replaces those things with Someone, and His name is Jesus. 

In summary, to truly abide in Christ, we must get alone with God and embrace the pruning process. In this episode, listen to discover the keys to removing competition from abiding in Christ.

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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.