Responding to God
We see a repeated pattern in the Bible of how people repeatedly responded to God.
Time & time again they exhibited H.O.T. FAITH.
They heard, obeyed & trusted the word & instruction of the Lord.
In doing so they displayed & demonstrated their love & devotion to God.
Jesus answered and said to him,
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
The Old Testament provides us with a host of people who demonstrated H.O.T. faith.
Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua to name a few. Elijah & Gideon are other examples.
David repeatedly responded to God in this way & he saw God deliver him repeatedly & win many military battles against the odds.
These are the people who took the lead but the hearing, obeying & trusting was also a corporate activity.
The faith to see mighty miracles & great moves of God was inspired by individuals but implemented by a community.
TOGETHER we live, move & act as the people of God with H.O.T. faith.
Jesus makes it crystal clear that to love Him & the Father is to walk in humble obedience & trust.
The Godhead gladly abides with those who trust & obey. To love them is to obey them.
James exhorts his readers to be those who not only hear from the Lord but put it into practice as well.
To be doers of the Word requires trust & obedience as well as hearing.
Hearing, obeying & trusting all work together in responding the the Lord.
May we excel in these important spiritual practices.
Jesus is the one we need to hear from, trust & obey.
We need to do that daily & we need to do that individually & corporately.
The counsel & communion of the saints helping us to rightly apply what the Lord is speaking into our lives.
Lord give us hearing ears, discerning minds & receptive, responsive hearts.
- What am I hearing from God right now?
- Are there any areas in my life where i am struggling to trust or obey?
- Meditate on HOT faith.
We will dig a little more into H.O.T. FAITH – hearing, trusting & obeying over the coming days.
A song related to this theme:
We thank you that you are constantly communicating with us,
Draw us deeper & closer into intimate fellowship with You.
Holy Spirit strengthen & sharpen our spiritual senses,
That we may readily & repeatedly exercise H.O.T. faith,
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Written by Gareth Jones