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28th April 2022


Responding to God

God moves powerfully when His people respond to Him with H.O.T. FAITH.
In Scripture we see many examples of people who hear, obey & trust the word & instruction of the Lord.
We have looked at some ways we can aid our hearing & listening.
Today we will explore a little more about OBEYING.


who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications,
with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him
Hebrews 5:7-9

So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
1 Samuel 15:22


Obedience is always a choice hanging in the balance.
That choice hinges on our own finite knowledge & understanding or on God’s unlimited power, wisdom & knowledge.
The Lord is delighted when we choose to obey Him. It brings Him great pleasure.
Surely we want to be those who constantly please our heavenly Father.
Obedience is God’s love language! It is the best service & sacrifice we could ever bring the Lord.

Obedience is always a choice & therefore it is a constant repeated challenge for us.
Even Jesus had to learn obedience.
The obedience to keep fully & forever submitting to the will of the Father (Matthew 26:39).
That will mean we must endure & overcome suffering in this life.
Obedience is surrendering & submitting our will unto the Father’s will whatever the circumstances.
It is a sweet smelling & costly offering we give unto the Lord.

Obedience is hard & at times hugely costly. It cost Jesus His very life – everything.
It can seem like the most difficult road to tread but it is a sure & safe road.
It is the only road that brings true & lasting peace & genuine joy.
Obedience begins with a single tiny step & keeps moving forward with God from there.
Step by tiny step through obedience & faith.

Obedience is the journey of one trusting step after another. Faith put into action.
Obeying the word & will of God & trusting in His goodness & grace to provide for & protect us.
It is the humble recognition that God’s thoughts & ways are ALWAYS & IN EVERY WAY better than ours (Isaiah 55:9).
It is one of the ways we demonstrate our love for God & at the same time are being perfected in His love.
Obedience is also one of the keys that unlock the promises of God.
Trust & obey there is no other way.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I wrestling with obedience right now?
  • Do I readily surrender my will unto the Lord?
  • Meditate on the sweet smelling offering of obedience unto the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your great love & care for us.
Jesus keep us trusting & following You.
Holy Spirit help us to keep learning obedience & to stay humble,
That we might readily surrender & submit to Your word, ways & will.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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