JESUS EMPHASIZED ABIDING

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John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Revival is a response from God to the humbling, repenting, heart cry of His people 2 Chronicles 7:14. The fact that revival is needed suggests things are in a state of decline and that only by God’s intervention can the situation be turned around. Revival counteracts the spiritual decline, recovers spiritual truths that may have been lost and restores spiritual momentum to the work of God. I thank God for every sincere humble hearted saint crying out for revival. Jesus, though, emphasized abiding John15, more than reviving.

God intended the life we need to come from a continuous (abiding) relationship with Jesus. A person rooted or established in their relationship with Jesus, like a tree with strong roots, can endure intense storms. Trees without roots fall over in a storm. A rooted Christian, like a tree with a good root system, can draw water through its roots even in a dry time or drought. A tree with a established roots has the ability to create whatever pieces are missing from a limb or branch and recover from the damage. So too can a Christian with a strong and established relationship with Jesus.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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