Obedience to God"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Not only what we talk about, but what we think about is screened by the Lord. Is it acceptable to the Lord?
"It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night." I Samuel 15:11
Saul's problem is a common one. He thought his "overall performance" was good enough to see him through. All the while, God was placing the emphasis on obedience to specific directives. God has not changed. "Obedience is better than sacrifice."
"I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. Genesis 31:13
God has a running account of our kept and forgotten vows, and so often as the occasion arises, He calls for their fulfillment.
"And the Lord said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image." Deuteronomy 9:12
Humanity has not changed. When we lose touch with the true and living God, we start making our own. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." St. John 16:13
One of our great problems is that we ask God for answers and guidance and then debate Him over His response. "Whatsoever he saith to you, do it." "We ought to obey God."
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31
Here is the argument settler. If you can't do a thing in accordance with His Word and will, don't do it. "Not my will, but thine, be done."
"...And that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient." Exodus 24:7
God's paths are clear. It is our dull hearing that gets us into trouble. "Obedience is better than sacrifice." "We ought to obey God rather than man."
"But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you." Jeremiah 7:23
Here is a condition and a promise that we cannot afford to ignore if we are to live happy and fruitful lives.
"And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men." St. Mark 1:17
Jesus beckons us to the world's greatest business. Only in eternity will we see just how great. Stop what you are doing and follow Jesus in this, the most rewarding work of all! "He that winneth souls is wise."
"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." St. Matthew 25:21
Contrary to what we sometimes think, we will be rewarded not for our success but on the basis of our faithfulness. "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
"Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee." Daniel 6:16
Our job is dedication - His is deliverance. If we give attention to doing His will, the Lord is good enough to give us even beyond what we ask.
"If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures." Job 36:11.
Behold the emphasis on obedience and service! Looking for a success formula? Who can afford to overlook this one? Whatever the problem, He is the answer. Obey and follow Him.
"The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want." Psalm 23: 1
The responsibility of caring for and leading belongs to the shepherd; the responsibility of obedience and following belongs to the sheep.
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." I John 2:3
The person who is well acquainted with the Lord will not be a stranger to His commandments.
"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf..." Romans 16:19
Men who listen to what God has to say will usually have an audience to hear what they have to say. "Obedience is better than sacrifice."
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14
The crisis will pass when we meet God's conditions. "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
"And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord..." II Kings 15:34
If we major in what is right in God's sight, we don't have to worry about what it will look like in the eyes of man.
"And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them." St. Matthew 21:6
The greatest need of the Church today is wholehearted obedience and down to earth preaching. "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."
"Teach me to do thy will..." Psalm 143:10
The will of God will almost invariably be contrary to the ways of man. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord."
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. " Revelation 22: 14
No man owns a part of that city until God owns all of that man.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." St. John 10:27
Father, we know that if You are mighty to save, then You can surely speak to us. Give us Your divine directions today by Your spoken Word, and may we have obedience to follow, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5
God is not looking for a few shares in our life, but controlling interest. Nothing else will please Him or us.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." St. Matthew 6:24
It takes your all to do business with God. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
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