Obedience – are you willing to submit to him?

obedience

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“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.” ~Colossians 3:22 NLT

When I first read the book “My Life is Not My Own” by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, I understood that being a Slave to Christ is so much easier than being the boss of my own life. You can read my review of the book by clicking My Life is Not My Own.  There’s also an interesting written interview by Michael Little, president of CBN and Dr. Bright at the 50th anniversary of Campus Crusade now known as Cru. Dr. Bright explains the contract he and wife, Vonette signed to become, “Slaves for Christ.”

Are you willing to be a Slave for Christ?

When I think of the word slave I think I have no power, no choice, just obedience or there will be consequences. The difference is that God allows us free-will. Yet, the Bible clearly states that He is a God of order and peace. I Corin 14:33, 44.

We have the choice to follow Him and His direction based on the Word and the Holy Spirit, or we can choose not to and suffer the consequences of our choices. The definition of being strong-willed or independent are seen as strengths in the secular world, yet as Christians, God asks us to be obedient, followers of Christ. As I journal my devos I have found an ongoing theme of lessons woven in God’s Word – obedience. I continue to see that often times God asks us to step out on faith to do something for Him, and yet it was to build our character for His purpose, not what we could do for others, but what we could learn, and grow from, in order for God to mold us.

So the next time the Lord speaks and ask you to step out in faith and be obedient to him, don’t ask: how, why, when, or wait until you have all the details before you make any decision – just say, “yes Lord” – because often times, He just wants your obedience.

II Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 

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Fear of the Unknown

Today’s Date:  January 20, 2010

“Fear of the Unknown” (ODB Heb 11:8-12) 

 

Reading: Gen 41:17-42:17, Mt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6,

Our Daily Bread 1/9/10

S – Scripture:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called . . . . And he went out, not knowing where he was going. —Hebrews 11:8 http://tinyurl.com/y8blnas

O – Observation:

In the One Year Bible, I’ve been enjoying reading through Genesis and Exodus – so much so I’m ahead on my reading of the Old Testament. There are so many things that amaze me: the life span of people in that time went from 900 yrs to 400 yrs to under 200 yrs old. The fact that God would speak directly to his chosen messengers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and they were men who didn’t always obey God. In addition, things did not happen immediately, some of God’s promises took hundreds of years! Who needs television and movies with all that went on in the bible: lying, stealing, killing, sexual immorality, sibling rivalries, family rivalries, vengeance, money, power, slavery…

Which brings me to the Our Daily Bread devotional of Jan 9, 2010 – here’s an excerpt:

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable? Something that took you into the territory of the unknown? What if He asked you to refuse a long-awaited promotion or resist a longed-for relationship? What if He called you to a remote part of the world or asked you to release your children to serve Him in a faraway place?

The unknown is full of haunting “what ifs.”

Imagine how Abraham felt when God asked him to move his whole family without telling him where they were going (Gen. 12:1-3).

The fear of the unknown could cripple our capacity to follow God’s leading through the days ahead. Yet, like Abraham, when we cling to the One who knows all things, we’re in good hands—regardless of where He leads.  — Joe Stowell

 A – Application:

There’s been many occasions where I felt led to go somewhere and I didn’t really want to go. Yet I trusted God that if that’s where he wanted me, I would be obedient. I usually and still am, challenged in not knowing the full story or plan before taking action. I like to be prepared. As time goes on I know that it’s not always about where we are going, but about the journey getting there, that’s how I came up with the title of this blog. As a student of the bible and child of God, I am persuaded that the scriptures of Isaiah 55:8 (New King James Version)

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
     nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

P – Prayer:

Lord I pray that I would come to understand your ways. I ask that I will know and do your will with a joyful heart. Father I pray that I have patience for what you are teaching me and that I will be able to fulfill whatever your ways are.

God also asked Abraham to persevere—to stay in an unknown land even when the lure of past comforts may have threatened to seduce him and his family back to their comfort zone in Ur. – J. Stowell (ODB)

I pray continued trust and faith in Jesus that I am where he needs me to be and will go where he is directing, like Abraham to persevere – ‘even when the lure of past comforts have threatened to seduce me back to my comfort zone’ – in all things: work, family, home, church… Lord be my guide. In Jesus name, Amen. ###

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