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Abide in Me — Part 4

October 25, 2021

In this episode, we focus on a liberating truth: when we abide in Christ, and His Words abide in us, this gives the Holy Spirit the ability to produce His fruit in and through us.

Why is this so liberating? It’s liberating because God’s calling for believers is not to produce fruit. His calling is that they bear fruit. It’s important to note that fruit is not a byproduct of self-effort; fruit is the outflow of the life of God Himself living and operating within us. To sum it up: producing fruit is God’s job, bearing fruit is the believer’s job. 

Contrary to how it first seems, the believer does not need the fruits of the Spirit to be added to his life. Instead, he needs more of the Holy Spirit that bears that fruit. In summary, the Christian life isn’t about trying harder. It is about us recognizing our total inability to produce fruit and instead, embracing Christ’s ability through the power of His Spirit!

  • Gabe Cleator, Host

    Gabe Cleator loves Jesus and desires to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ as the All-Sufficient One. Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, is author of the book Always and in Everything, and currently serves as the director of the Home Discipleship Network under the ministry of IBLP. His passion is to see God’s people turn back to a vibrant, living Christianity that has Christ at the center and the Word as the foundation. Gabe and his wife, Sara, live in East Texas where they enjoy serving the Lord together and spending time in the great outdoors, taking fishing trips or visiting National Parks.

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. After giving his life to the Lord at age 11, he has carried Isaiah 61:1–3 as his life verses, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and offer beauty for ashes through the Person and work of Christ. Nate completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, has served in prison ministry, and mentored many young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Today, he lives with his wife and four children in East Texas where he serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find Nate reading his favorite authors (Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer), perfecting his pour-over coffee brewing, or adventuring with his children—preferably with fishing poles in hand.

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