Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Easy Believism Debate

Boxes of old cards, photographs, and notes are scattered around me as Dan Gibson’s classical music swirls through the air. Picking up a wedding card I read it, and then put it on an ever-growing stack. Each card and note takes me back down memory lane making this process a lengthy one. Our seven years in Haiti has turned me into a minimalist and my final project is to tackle a giant box of cards and photos.

I’ve been putting it off for a long time now; but today is the day! For one, I’ve run out of things to minimalize, and two, it’s a dreary, rainy, Saturday afternoon, perfect for this kind of job. With at least 12 years of memories stored in this particular box the task of deciding what to keep and what to let go off is not an easy one.

As I go through each item one by one, I notice a neatly typed, two page letter, addressed to me. Leaning back on the living room rug I read it through. The gist of the letter consists of warning me about the dangers of ‘easy believism’ and how people who claimed to be believers when questioned about their conversion experience did not have a real story to tell. What does God’s Word say in response to this? I wonder.

I’m quickly reminded of the words in Matthew 7:20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them, and spend the next few days thinking, studying and praying about this particular topic.

These are my findings:

When a person believes in Jesus he or she receives the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

And the Holy Spirit in us will be evident because the Holy Spirit produces fruit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8

Our assurance comes from believing in Jesus.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13

“It’s so simple that we’re liable to miss it, but assurance comes from believing in Jesus. This is the gospel: when we trust in His name, we cease striving to earn heaven by drawing upon our own moral bank account; instead, we withdraw on His righteous account in our place. The gospel, by its very nature, produces assurance. Because the gospel proclaims “Jesus in my place,” my assurance does not depend on how well or how much I have done. It depends on whether or not I rest in his finished work. So the question is not, “Can I remember praying a prayer?” or “Was my conversion experience really emotional?” The important question is, “Are you currently resting on Jesus as the payment for your sin?” J.D.G.

God changes us

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6

“This is how God changes us: not by browbeating us with rules, but by giving us a new heart. You no longer love dishonesty and hatefulness and immorality like you used to. You do not avoid them because of threats from God, but because these things start to make you sick.” J.D.G.

“Of course, this does not mean that you become immediately perfect, or that you no longer struggle with sin. But you stop engaging in sin willfully and defiantly. You cannot love God and love the things that grieve him. You cannot have a mouth that sings praise to Jesus with a life that openly crucifies him. It is not your mouth that best reflects your love for God; it is your life. 
And when you do start to go back toward your sin—which we all do!—Jesus protects you and renews you. In fact, one of the signs that your salvation is genuine is that even though you fall, you never permanently fall away. God brings you back, again and again. As Proverbs says, “The righteous man falls seven times, and rises again” (Prov 24:16).
Your new nature is not demonstrated by never falling, but by what you do when you fall. Salvation does not means sinless perfection, but it does mean a new direction.” J.D.G

At the end of my research I found this paragraph which I felt summed everything up: “Much of the debate over easy believism is unnecessary and is based on a misunderstanding of the Scriptures. The Bible is clear that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Where easy believism fails is its lack of recognition that a person with faith in Jesus will lead a progressively changed life. Salvation is a free gift from God to those who believe, but discipleship and obedience are the response that will no doubt occur when one truly comes to Christ in faith.”

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them, Matthew 7:20

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Gospel

“Now that you’re not living in Haiti anymore what are you blogging about?”

I’m at a Hungry for Life staff event and the question is posed by one of Jason’s colleagues. Conversations swirl around us as my mind races to come up with an appropriate response.  “The Gospel.” I finally respond. “It’s the one thing that I feel most passionate about.”

The following days I keep thinking about it and the words Paul wrote to the Romans come to mind.

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  Romans 10:1

And you know what? I can totally relate. I have so many family and friends and acquaintances that have never personally looked to Jesus for their salvation that it makes my heart feel heavy.

The gospel is so simple.

“To believe what God says, to do what God commands, to take that salvations which God provides—this is man’s highest and best wisdom. Open your Bible. It is the pilgrim’s guide, in which God describes the glory yet to be revealed. This is the one message of the gospel, ‘Believe and live.’ Trust in the incarnate Saviour, whom God appointed to stand in the place of sinners. Trust in Him and you shall be saved.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:18
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

John 12:48
He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (Jesus)

John 1:12
But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:

John 3:14-15
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

“The method is simply a word from Him and a look from you, and all is done. You have only to trust in Jesus and you are saved; made a new creature in an instant; set on your feet again to start a new life with a new power within you, which shall conquer sin.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

“The gospel is preached to you, and God has not sent it with the intention that after you have heard it you should seek mercy and not find it. God does not tantalize, he does not mock the son of men. He asks you to come to Him. Repent and believe and you shall be saved. If you come with a broken heart, trusting in Christ, there is no possibility that He will reject you; otherwise he would not have sent the gospel to you.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

John 6:37b Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:40 And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.

1 John 1:2-3
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

“We who bear this testimony claim to be believed. We are not liars. Not even for God’s honour would we palm a pious fraud upon you. We have felt in ourselves the healing power of Christ. We have seen it, and see it every day, in the cases of others, in persons of all ranks, and of all ages. All who have obeyed the word of Jesus have been made new creatures by his power. It is not one or two of us who bear this witness; there are hundreds of thousands who certify to the self-same fact. There are persons high and low, who could say, ‘We too are witnesses that Christ can heal the soul.’” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“Here, then, is the marvel – that those who know this do not immediately throng to Christ to obtain the self-same blessing. The behavior of those of whom we read in the Gospels was a rational one. They heard that Christ had healed many, and their practical logic was, ‘let us be healed too!’ Where is He? Let us reach Him.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“But now men seem to have taken leave of their reason. They know that the blessing is available, an eternal blessing not to be weighed with gold, nor compared with diamonds and yet they turn their back upon it!” (C.H. Spurgeon)

“I know that I, too, once belied Him; when I felt my sins to be a great burden I said within myself, ‘I will go to Jesus, but perhaps He will reject me.’ I thought I had much to feel and to do to make myself ready for Him, and I therefore did this and that, but the more I did the worse I became. I was like the woman who spent her money on physicians and did not get better, but rather grew worse. I fully understood that there was life in a look at Christ, that all I needed was to simply trust, to come as I was and put my case into His dear pierced hands, and leave it there, yet I still did not think it could be so; it seemed so simple—how could it be true? I thought when I came to Him He would say to me, ‘Sinner, you have rejected Me so long, you have mocked Me by saying prayers which you did not feel; you have been a hypocrite and joined with God’s people in singing My praises when you did not praise Me in your heart.’ I thought He would chide me and bring ten thousand sins to my remembrance. Instead of that, it took only a word, and it was all done. I looked to Him, the burden was gone." (C.H. Spurgeon)

Psalm 71:15a My mouth shall show forth Thy righteousness and Thy salvation all the day;

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Spiritual Blindness

Last night as I was doing devotions together with Jayden we read part of 1 Corinthians 2, and what really struck me was verse 14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. The story that went with the Bible verses talked about God giving believers spiritual sight to understand God’s Word. This really got me thinking. How often have I gotten frustrated when the gospel seems so clear to me while others refuse to believe it? I know frustration is not the right response and as I started to study related Bible verses greater understanding dawned.  

There are people out there that have read their Bibles for years and Jesus says this about them:
 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:14-15

And Paul says in Corinthians:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

But you know what? If you’re reading this you’re still alive and it’s not too late! It is still ‘Today’ and as I exhort you, or urge you, as the dictionary defines it, don’t harden your heart!

But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

While it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”  Hebrews 3:15

For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

We have no other hope!

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:68-69

And Paul tells us in Romans:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

And in 1 John 4:15 it says:
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

And as God’s Spirit dwells in us and we begin to follow Jesus our understandings are enlightened by the Light of the world.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Ephesians 1:18
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Spurgeon explains it simply in His book ‘Around the Wicket Gate’.

“It may be that the reader feels a difficulty in believing. Let him consider. We cannot believe by an immediate act. The state of mind which we describe as believing is a result, following upon certain former states of mind. We come to faith by degrees. There may be such a thing as faith at first sight; but usually we reach faith by stages: we become interested, we consider, we hear evidence, we are convinced, and so led to believe. If, then, I wish to believe, but for some reason or other find that I cannot attain to faith, what shall I do? Shall I stand like a cow staring at a new gate; or shall I, like an intelligent being, use the proper means? If I wish to believe anything, what shall I do? We will answer according to the rules of common sense.

Evidence weighed and knowledge obtained lead up to faith. It is true that faith in Jesus is the gift of God: but yet He usually bestows it in accordance with the laws of mind, and hence we are told that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. (Romans 10:17) If you want to believe in Jesus, hear about Him, read about Him, think about Him, know about Him, and so you will find faith springing up in your heart, like the wheat which comes up through the moisture and the heat operating upon the seed which has been sown.

If you would know Jesus, get as near to Him as you can by studying His character, and appealing to His love.

Be much in reading about the Lord Jesus. The books of Scripture are the lilies among which He feedeth. The Bible is the window through which we may look and see our Lord. Read over the story of His sufferings and death with devout attention, and before long the Lord will cause faith secretly to enter your soul.

Be much in hearing concerning Jesus. Souls by hundreds come to faith in Jesus under a ministry which sets Him forth clearly and constantly. Few remain unbelieving under a preacher whose great subject is Christ crucified. Hear no minister of any other sort. Go to the place of worship to see Jesus; and if you cannot even hear the mention of His name, take yourself off to another place where He is more thought of, and is therefore more likely to be present.

If hearing and reading suffice not, then deliberately set your mind to work to overhaul the matter, and have it out. Either believe, or know the reason why you do not believe. See the matter through to the utmost of your ability, and pray God to help you to make a thorough investigation, and to come to an honest decision one way or the other. Consider who Jesus was, and whether the constitution of His Person does not entitle Him to confidence. Consider what He did, and whether this also must not be good ground for trust. Consider Him as dying, rising from the dead, ascending, and ever living to intercede for transgressors; and see whether this does not entitle Him to be relied on by you. Then cry to Him, and see if He does not hear you.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

These Things I Have Spoken Unto You, That In Me Ye Might Have Peace

His Word gives comfort and light:

Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

He knows everything about us:

Psalm 139: 1-6 
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Psalm 139:16-18
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

He knows us better than we know ourselves and He has compassion on us:

Psalm 103:13-14
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

He promises to be always with us: 

Hebrews 13:5b-6
For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

He values us and tells us there is more than just this temporal life: 

Mathew 10:28-31
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

In Him only is peace in any situation:

John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The Holy Spirit comforts and teaches us: 

John 14:16
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Our times are in His hands; we can’t add a single moment to our lives: 

Psalm 31:14-15a
But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand:

Psalm 104:29b
Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

He is trustworthy:

Job 13:15a
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:

Our citizenship is not of this earth: 

Phil 3:20
For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 11:13-16
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

God is preparing a place for us:

John 14:2
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

He is a very present help in trouble:

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

He promises to be with us always, even until the end of the world:

Matthew 28:20b
And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

He is with us even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death:

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

He tells us not to be afraid:

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

He holds us by His right hand:

Psalm 73:23
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Our deaths are precious in His sight:

Psalm 116:15
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

He is the lifter up of our head:

Psalm 3:3
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

He will guide us and receive us into glory:

Psalm 73:24
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

He will wipe every tear from our eye:

Revelations 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

To be with Him is far better:

Phil 1:23b
Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

In His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forevermore: 

Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Death was on my mind today. In the last few days at least 4 people I know of, both young and old, exchanged time for eternity. But the reality is that there were many more people that I didn’t know, who died too. According to the world birth and death rates, nearly 2 people die each second, 105 people die each minute, 6,316 die each hour, and 151,600 people die each day. Now I’m not posting statistics to trivialize death in anyway, but rather to point us to the sobering reality of it. Death is real, and unless Jesus returns in our lifetime we will all experience it for ourselves one day.

Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

And as I thought about death, and the sadness and pain, and tears and grief that go along with it, God reminded me of the words of the first question and answer in our Heidelberg Catechism.

Lords Day 1 
Question 1: What is thy only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.

Where did that first sentence come from? I wondered, and quickly found the answer in the Bible verses underneath.

Romans 4:7-8
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Did you know that none of us can add a single moment to our lives?
In Job 4:5 it says: Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

As a child of God we need not fear death. Instead we can say with David:
But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.
My times are in thy hand: Psalm 31:14-15a

Jesus Himself comforts all who believe in Him and follow Him with these words:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

And further in Revelations, John tells us more about this beautiful place:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelations 21:1-4

And although we may feel sorrow and pain over the loss of a loved one, if they sleep in Jesus, we will be reunited once again.

1 Thes 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life and he or she that believeth in Him though he is dead, yet shall he live. 

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 11:25

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thes 4:18

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Abide in Him

We all want to be happy.  No cost or expense is spared on our quest for happiness. Satan, the world and our own sinful flesh try to seduce us with all kinds of tantalizing promises; but if we follow them we won’t find happiness. No, instead, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will come to the realization it was all a lie and all we’re left with is sin and guilt, shame and pain.  Yet our craving for happiness can’t be stifled.  We search, we blindly grasp, we waste our time, we waste our lives, but the truth is, this world has nothing for us. Although it may come in glittery wrapping, its promises prove to be empty and worthless and ultimately end in death.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: 1 John 2:17a

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15

So where is the only place where true happiness, real joy, can be found?

In the One who made us.

In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11b

Jesus commands us not only to come to Him (Matt 11:28) and believe in Him (John 6:29) but also to abide in Him.
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. John 15:4

And we can know we are abiding in Him because He has given us His Spirit.

Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. 1 John 4:13

And when we abide in Him we bear fruit. Out of Him flows the love and joy and peace and patience and gentleness and goodness and faith and meekness and self-control that we’ve been missing in our lives. As we abide in Him we finally experience the true happiness our souls crave.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

But abiding requires obedience. We need to deny ourselves, say no to sin and keep His commandments.
If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love. John 15:10

And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us. 1 John 3:24

He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked. 1 John 2:6

And it might seem hard sometimes, this denying ourselves and obeying God, but it is so worth it!

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:17

How awesome it is to know the love of Christ that passes all knowledge and be filled with the fullness of God! Now that is true happiness!
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

And think about our future. We know we all must die, unless Jesus returns first, but either way we all have to appear before the judgment seat of Christ.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10

And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 2:28