Staying to Receive

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 15:7

Many people do not receive anything because they stop staying long enough in the right place. In general, nothing generates immediate benefits. Therefore, there is a time to wait until you receive the fruit. They say the best food is simmered, but many prefer to cook it in a microwave. In the spiritual, we will receive the promises if we remain constant putting our faith in Jesus Christ. When we leave our position with the Lord, we are missing the chance that our Heavenly Father will glorify by answering our prayer.

I know that a great number of people come to the feet of Christ because they long to see fulfilled promises in their lives such as John 15:7: you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. In a funny way I have heard brothers call that attitude that there are many “Saint Give me” and very few “Saint Take it.” And most people are fascinated by the benefit; but they do not stop to look at the conditions for obtaining it. John 15:7 says, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you.

I will tell a story from my childhood to illustrate with an example what John 15:7 says. In 1965, my country was the scene of a civil war. A few days after the war began, the United States sent 42,000 soldiers, who landed on Dominican soil. I was very kid for that time, but I still have very fresh memories. As a consequence of the war, the national productive apparatus was paralyzed and there was shortage of basic products. For that reason, from the United States periodically arrived certain supplies that were distributed gratuitously to the population.

In my hometown there were almost no battles during the war, except for occasional isolated shootings. However, there was certainly a shortage of everything, and when the American army trucks arrived with food products, people made long lines in the yard of the village fire station. My mom used to take me and I remember she stayed in line until her turn came no matter what time it took. But not everyone did that as many of our neighbors left before receiving the products.

As my mother remained, she always received from the trucks: cheese, butter, flour, oil, rice, wheat, among other things. My mother was always very supportive of others, so she shared with neighbors who did not get anything what she had received. I know that my mother prayed to the Lord for food for the support of her children. And she remained in line until she received what she had asked for. Many times, staying for her was a sacrifice; but it was the only way to meet the needs of the family.

We must remain in Jesus Christ and allow each of His words to remain in us. That is the only way that the requests that we raise to the Father in His name be answered. Do not complain if we ask and we get nothing. The fault is not of God, He is faithful all the time, it is because we who miss the target to not follow His instructions. The key is to seek Him first for His blessings and abide in Him. God bless you.

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