Episode 1: What is the Lingering Life (The Lingering Life Podcast)

Episode 1: What is the lingering life?

What do you think of when you think of abiding? What does abide mean to you?

Growing up, abide always meant safety. It meant home. Abide meant that I was protected and no one could hurt me. 

Though this is absolutely true, I’ve learned that it’s so much more. 

Abiding isn’t just staying inside, scared of what is outside. Abiding is staying in Jesus, filled with the abundant life and able to do more than I could ever imagine. That’s what Paul says in Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”

Join me on today’s podcast as we dig deeper and challenge our understanding of what it means to abide.

Show Notes:

Highlights from this episode:

In today’s episode, we look at a couple verses where John uses “meno” because it is important to know why Jesus instructs us to abide and where we are to abide before we jump into practical ways to do it. For some, this deep dive may be familiar. To others, brand new. But my hope for us all is that we learn something new and see “meno” or “abide” in a new light today. 

Meno is a verb. It’s used over 110 times in the New Testament. Most often, it’s translated as abide, remain, and stay. But it’s also translated as continue and endure. 

Apart from Him, I can do nothing. He is the source. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in us if we have trusted Jesus as our rescuer, our redeemer, and believe that He is the Son of God. 

And as we abide, as we linger, we are filled with spiritual fruit. 

God instructs us to love our neighbor but also says that if we don’t abide, we cannot love. 

God instructs us to delight in many things. But also says that if we don’t abide, we will not have joy…not His joy!

Jesus says “do not worry” in His sermon found in Matthew 6, but also says that if we don’t abide, we won’t have peace. 

It all comes back to abiding…to lingering with Jesus. 

Reading God’s Word does not by itself equal abiding. Reading the Bible is a way TO abide in Jesus but it is possible to read the Bible and NOT abide in Jesus. It’s also possible to abide and NOT spend every waking moment reading God’s Word. 

Reading His Word is a beautiful part of abiding, but it’s not the only part or the only way. 

Scripture referenced in this episode:

– Psalm 91:1-2

– John 15:4-11

– Galatians 5:22-23

– John 15:16

–Ephesians 3:20

– 2 Peter 1:3

– John 5:37-39

Resources and Articles:

Article referenced with literary statistics. 

50 Creative Ways to Linger with Jesus – Downloadable PDF

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