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Advent 2021: Abide In Me by Barbara Robinson


Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

-John 15:4


7th Day After Christmas

January 1, 2022

Abide In Me

Galatians 5:19-21 tells us that sins such as anger, envy, and jealousy must be removed so the Spirit can cultivate our fruit. The best way to do this is to abide in Christ. John 15:5, “I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

We abide in Christ when:

  • We have developed a deep personal relationship with Him. Spending time with Jesus strengthens our relationship and provides the opportunity to seek guidance and direction.

  • When we turn away from sinful behavior, live in the Word, and read and study the Bible.

  • We pray daily asking God to show us what He wants us to do and expressing our needs.

  • We love our brothers and sisters, and we gain strength and support when we fellowship with believers.

  • We are obedient

1 Peter 5:8-9 warns: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Satan will continually try to tempt us so we must remain vigilant.


O Lord, keep us strong and lifted in the fight against the evil forces of this world. Amen.

Sister Barbara Robinson

Second Board of Stewards


Advent 2021

Join us in a time of reflection, expectation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2021.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.



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