Tag Archive | obedience to the Lord

Proverbs 15:3 ” The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”

I look at the unethical and immoral activity in the world today and I think to myself, “God, don’t You see this and aren’t You going to do something?”  It’s then that He gently reminds me that, #1…God doesn’t see as we do. (Job 10:4) and #2…His eyes are on the ways of men, He sees their every step. (Job 34:21)  The wicked of this world may think they’re getting away with their evilness…but God is still watching.  And in the end, Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  There is coming a day of reckoning for all of us…the good as well as the bad…the righteous as well as the unrighteous.

II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.

Isaiah 1:11 ” The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to Me? Says the Lord. I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”

God looks carefully at what we offer Him.  But He looks even more closely at what we don’t offer Him.  Are you withholding some area of your life for fear He’ll tell you to stop it?  Are you denying Him a corner of your world because you enjoy it way too much?  What we offer up to the Lord is much more important to us than to Him…for what He’s looking for is a total surrender…a relinquishing of ourselves…and a giving up of control.  As  I Samuel 15:22 states, “To obey is better than sacrifice.”   God’s looking for our obedience not some ritual.

II Corinthians 10:5 ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

When we’re going through a time of spiritual confusion…there are only two ways we can go.  We can argue or chose to obey.  We can spend our time trying to reason and debate our way out of the disconcertment in our life…or we can yield and submit  ourselves to the authority and supremacy of God.  You can’t think your way out of spiritual confusion…the only thing you can do is to obey what God places in front of you…step by step, day by day.  For Christ demands unquestioning obedience from us, even when the way is shadowed.

Psalm 18:1 ” I love You, O Lord, my strength.”

I praise You Lord.  For when I am weak, You are my source of power.  When I am frail in mind and spirit, You support me and give me endurance.  When I feel feeble and ready to give up, You reinforce my backbone and give me toughness  to move ahead.  In Exodus 15:2 it says, “The Lord is my strength and my song.  He has become my salvation.”  I will make music in my heart, for You have given me victory on all sides.  Amen.

John 3:30 ” He must become greater; I must become less.”

Can you echo these same words that John the Baptist declared about Jesus and himself?  What then is it that hinders us from making such a sweeping statement?  In a single word – pride.  Our selfish agenda pushes us to plunge ahead without God’s direction first.  Our willful pride orchestrates our own plans,  devoid of the Lord’s guidance.  We want to remain on the throne of our life, rather than yielding  to God.  So what are we so afraid of?  Are we fearful that as God increases in our life,  our own personal identity will diminish to the point we’ll disappear?  In a single word -Yes!  But isn’t that what becoming a Christ Follower is all about?   Our goal is to become less,  as God becomes more.  So how can we do this?  It takes a conscious act of our Will and a yielding of our pride to allow the Lord to increase within us.  And it also takes these words…”Yes, Lord. I ask for more of You and less of me.”

House Rules – If it rings…Answer it.

The next House Rule deals with listening and then obeying.  The Scripture comes from Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”  If you examine the famous painting depicting this verse, you’ll see that there’s no doorknob on the outside.  Jesus stands knocking, but can’t open the door Himself…we have to.  All throughout our  Spiritual journey with the Lord, He’ll knock at certain doors…doors of opportunity…doors of ministry…doors that are so foreign, scary, and frankly, so far-fetched,  that we can’t put our heads around what He’s calling us to do.  It’s at that point that we must make the decision to obey…to open that door  and allow Him and His plan for us to come in.