Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Power of an Obedient Heart!!!!!!

"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phil. 4:9 (NIV)

Obedience to God is determined not by our words but by our deeds. It is easy to speak lip service in fact talking about righteousness is easy ,living it is far more
difficult, especially in today's temptation-filled world we live in. Back when God created Adam and Eve ,we have been rebelling against our Creator. WHY?? bECAUSE WE ARE UNWILLING TO TRUST GOD'S WORD ,AND UNWILLING TO FOLLOW HIS COMMANDS FOR OUR LIVES. God has given us a guidebook for righteous living called ...... you got it ...... the HOLY BIBLE our basic instructions
before leaving earth. It contains every thorough instruction we need to survive in this fallen world and when we follow these instructions it leads to fulfillment, abundance, and salvation, however if we choose to ignore God's instructions the results are as predictable as they are tragic. In Ephesians 2:10 we read, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works" (NKJV) These words are instructive: We are not saved by good works but for good works. Good
works are not the root but, rather, the fruit of our very salvation.
When we seek righteousness in our own lives, and when we seek the friendship of those who do likewise we reap the spiritual rewards that God intends for our lives. When we behave as Godly men and women , we honor God . When we live righteously and according to God's word ,He blesses us in ways we cant fully understand. Do we seek God's peace and blessings??? Then we simple need to obey
His holy word. When we are faced with trials or powerful temptations seek God's
counsel and trust the counsel He gives invite God into your hearts and live according to His commandments . When we do we will be blessed beyond measure. May we choose to be doers of the word and not just hearers of the word.
In doing so may we also be obedient to the calling the Lord has for each of us.

obedience- carrying out the word and will of God. In both the Old & New Testaments the word "obey" is related to the idea of hearing. Obedience is a positive, active response to what a person hears . God summons people to active

obedience to His revelation. People's failure to obey God results in judgment. In

the old Testament covenant between God and human beings, obedience was the basis for knowing God's blessing and favor(Ex.19:5; 24:1-8) Samuel emphasized that God's pleasure was not sacrifice but in obedience(1 Sam. 15:22). Even the promise of a new covenant emphasized obedience as God's gift(Jer. 31:33)

In the New Testament ,the obedience of Christ stands in contrast to the disobedience of Adam brought death, but the perfect obedience of Christ brought grace, righteousness, and life.(Rom.5:12-21)

(Nelson's Bible Dictionary)

True faith commits us to obedience. A.W. Tozer

God does not want the forced obedience of slaves. Instead, He covets the voluntary love and obedience of children who love Him for Himself.
Catherine Marshall

"but if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus
walked." 1 John 2:5-6 NIV

"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love and keep His commands." 1 John 5:2 NKJV

"You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him." Deut. 13:4 NKJV

We just need to trust and obey I know for me this really does come down to TRUST
you see when I am trusting in Him everything else falls into place is it easy no however it is always alot harder if I try in myself to get thru something cause I am not trusting so I remember this verse and it often helps:
"Yet in ALL things we are more than conquerors through Him who Loves us."
Romans 8:37 NKJV

God bless us all and as we obey God's word may the fruit be seen abundantly in our lives as we choose to obey God, so that those around us may see the Light in this DARK and lonely world!
In His Gracious Grip,
Your sis in Christ,

My New Book I am currently reading by Favorite blog sister Ann Voskamp

My New Book I am currently reading by Favorite blog sister Ann Voskamp
Best Book of the Year This dear sister in the Lord writes with such eloquence I cant even put the book down it becomes so REAL for me the pages come to life! This is a MUST read!!

Mel and I at one of the scrapbook weekends at church!!!

Mel and I at one of the scrapbook weekends at church!!!
I love ya sis!!!

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