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Summary: Contrast between Abiding in the Vine or just Visiting.

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Are you ABIDING IN or simply VISITING the VINE? Contrasts:

ABIDING: VISITING:

1. Daily Communion 1. Infrequent / 911 Communion

2. Intimate / Close God 2. Distant God

3. Faith / God Reliant 3. Doubt / Self Reliant

4. Great desire to connect with His Body 4. Little or no desire to connect with His Body

5. Surrender of Time, Talent, Treasure 5. Withholding of Time, Talent, Treasure

4 BENEFITS ABIDERS CAN ASK FOR (PRAYER) NOT PROMISED TO VISITORS:

1. Pray with confidence in times of economic difficulty

(Psalm 37:25 Never seen the righteous forsaken…) (Phil 4:19 My God shall supply…)

2. Pray with confidence in times of sickness

(Hezekiah’s sickness/15 years 2 Kings 20:1-11) (James 5:14-15 Call for the Elders)

3. Pray with confidence when facing a disaster

(Ps 91:1-2 Abide VISIT in shadow of the Almighty) (Ps 84:11 Sun/Shield, no good thing)

4. Pray with confidence when Devil is attacking you

(Isa 59:19 When the enemy comes in like a flood…) (Ex 14:12-13 Stand still, see God fight

You must determine today, AND EVERY NEW DAY, if you will ABIDE or simply VISIT!


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