Archives For obedience

What we live for matters. More specifically, who we live for matters. One day, each of us will die. We’ll face our Creator and be asked to give an account for our lives. We’ll have to answer the question of who and what we lived for. Make no mistake, Jesus already knows the answer to the question before you open your mouth. The truth is, we all know the answer today, and that should scare some of us to death. Life is not about being a “good” person or doing “good” deeds. Life is about God. Period.

what really matters,commitment,discipleship,works,grace,salvation prayer,works,obedience,Ephesians 4:1-2,worthy of your calling,Matthew 7:22-23,depart from me,Matthew 25:31-46,sheep and goats,prayer of salvation

Photo by Kyle Broad on Unsplash

How closely our lives resemble that of Christ’s life has huge implications for where we will spend eternity. Don’t miss this. Don’t stop reading because you’ve heard this before. There is nothing more important at this moment than making certain you are living a life worthy of your calling (Ephesians 4:1-2).

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

What is Your Purpose? Christine Caine answered this question when she wrote, “The purpose of our time on earth is to learn to walk with Him, abide with Him, and live through Him – and then share that light with others.” How comforting and refreshing. It takes all the pressure off us. We can let go of everything we were striving to be. We can stop working so hard for all those things we were trying to accomplish. The competition suddenly got a whole lot lighter.

What is your purpose,purpose,what's my purpose,purpose in life,Christine Caine,meaning of life,commitment,God's will,love,obedience,Matthew 12:30,either for me or aginst me

image © via Fotolia

Our five and ten-year plans just went out the window. But that’s a good thing because odds are we weren’t going to hit them anyway. As humans, we have a terrible tendency of overestimating what we can do in the long term and underestimating what we can accomplish in the next couple of hours.

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

Over the past couple of posts (see “In the Presence of God” and “Bible Study”), I’ve been looking at some foundational aspects of following Christ. We’ve discussed prayer and Bible study, which are the linchpins in getting to know God. Today I want to wrap it up by focusing on what I see as the third, and perhaps most important, tenet in living a life wholly devoted to God: practicing obedience.

practicing obedience,obedient to God,obey,Ephesians 2:8-10,created for good works,it is by grace you are saved,Titus 3:5,not by works of righteousness we had done,1 Corinthians 1:18,cross is foolishness,Romans 13:11,nearer than when we first believed,commitment,discipleship,works,grace vs. works,salvation,what does it mean to be a Christian,

image © stephm2506 via Fotolia

The reason I feel this might be the most important aspect of developing your relationship with Jesus is because the other two concern learning who He is and what He’d have you to do. Practicing obedience is all about taking what you’ve learned and putting it into action.

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

I’ve been focused lately on living intentionally. My theme this year is “Devotion”, and I’ve already discovered increasing my devotion to Christ is nearly impossible without ordering my days in an intentional way.  Unless I am very specific about how I will choose to spend my time, my time will get spent in ways that in no way reflect my devotion to Christ. At least at this stage of my own walk with God, unstructured time rarely defaults to time spent with Him.

living intentionally,intentional living,John Maxwell,Francois Fenelon,Israelites,manna,Exodus 16:16-20,Exodus 33:9,Proverbs 30:8-9,provision,obedience,trust

image © ChenPG via Fotolia

It’s been both an enlightening and frustrating realization. While I’ve been reading books on living intentionally, it was Francois Fenelon who helped me see how living intentionally is firmly rooted in the pages of God’s Word. Here’s how the Bible demonstrates intentional living through the practice of living in the moment, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, and being content with what you have…
Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

We resist obedience to God. In truth, we resist anything that infringes on our self-will. So we must answer the question of which is more important: our will or God’s will? It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend reading the Bible or on your knees in prayer. A.W. Tozer said, “Intensity of prayer is no criterion of its effectiveness.

obedience to God,obedience,God's will for my life,God's will,God's will for your life,A.W. Tozer,surrender,Lord of your life,Jesus as Lord

image © utah778 via Fotolia

A man may throw himself on his face and sob out his troubles to the Lord and yet have no intention to obey the commandments of Christ. Strong emotion and tears may be no more than the outcropping of a vexed spirit, evidence of stubborn resistance to God’s known will”. We are a people prone to going through the motions without ever experiencing the profound power of God found in a life of obedience to Him.
Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

I’ve been reading a series of sermons by A.W. Tozer in which he has been hammering away at the point that worship is not just for Sundays. I believe we all know this and it isn’t new information. I also believe it is information few of us have taken the time to process.

worship beyond Sunday,a.w. tozer,tozer,worship,humility,obedience

image © B-C-designs

Tozer went so far as to say “If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on.”
Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

good samaritan,Luke 10:25-37,love,obediencePhoto Credit: sbhland via Compfight cc

I was recently driving on a Sunday afternoon when I noticed a car stopped on the opposite side of the road with its hazard lights on. An older woman was in the driver’s seat, looking not overly concerned. As the vehicle was a newer BMW convertible and my quick glance at the driver told me she was well dressed, I assumed she was Realtor and had simply pulled over to check her directions. I allowed that rationalization to satisfy the pull I was feeling to turn around and see if she needed assistance. As I have done an embarrassingly number of times in my life, I reasoned that since I know next to nothing about the workings of automobiles, I would be of little help anyway.

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

love,love like Jesus,love people,show love,love in action

I recently heard Andy Stanley talk about how if we would only get one command from Jesus right, we would absolutely revolutionize our world. That one command is found in John 15:12-17, where Jesus told His disciples to love one another just as He had loved them. This was an urgent command from Jesus, as He was literally running out of time and His betrayal was imminent. If you knew you were about to die, you wouldn’t waste time with small talk. You would tell those closest to you the most important and urgent thing you could think of. This was one of the final commands of Jesus, and thus it carries extraordinary weight.

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…

All around the world, there are people who have been imprisoned for no other reason than the fact they placed their faith in Jesus Christ. While it can be hard to fathom for us in the West, it remains a certain and dangerous reality for millions of our brothers and sisters. Their faith and courage are inspiring to me, and I wonder if I would have the same resolve if faced with similar circumstances.

visit those in prison,bible verses about visiting prisoners,visiting those in prison,Jesus visit prison,prayer for those who visit prisoners,Jesus said visit prisoners,what does the bible say about visiting those in jail,bible verse about visiting prison,bible verse about visiting prisoners,visit those in prison bible verse,bible verse visiting prisoners,Jesus prison visit,Jesus visit those in prison,what does it mean to be a Christian,Jesus visit prisoners,visit people in jail bible,visiting people in prison

I am very thankful that I live in a country that, to this point in my life, has allowed me to follow Christ without risk of imprisonment or torture. Still, we must remember those who daily endure hardships and persecution we can scarcely imagine.

Click Here to Continue Reading this Post…