Thursday, June 6, 2013
Hear And Obey
Hear And Obey "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." Luke 11:28 Do you hear God's Holy Words, and are you obeying them? Throughout the Bible God gives you His commands and instructions that you are to follow, but do you follow these commands, or just go about doing your own thing. Naturally, I am not able to address all of these commands in this one devotional, but I want you to just take a moment and think about God's commands as you go about your daily routine. I have encouraged you repeatedly in prior devotionals, to take time each morning to read your Bible, to pray, and spend a few minutes getting closer to God. It is so important for you to develop a closer relationship with God in your daily walk, as it is only with this closer relationship, that you will begin to hear God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit. God will speak to you through gentle whispers, and lead and guide you on the path He wants you to follow. You will begin to hear the word of God speak to your heart, as you go about your day, when you make Him first in your life. There will be choices and decisions you will make each day, which will be ones that God would approve of, or they can be ones that will lead you toward the ways of the world. If you have the Holy Spirit within you, you will not only hear the word of God, but you will be convicted when you do not obey it. God wants you to obey all His commands, not just some of them. This is not a test where you can get 75% correct and still pass, as God expects you to be 100% right all the time. In other words, God wants you to obey all his commands, not pick and choose which ones to obey. “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” 1st John 3:5-6. Actually, I believe the reason why most people do not obey God's commands and continue to sin is that they want to sin, as it is many times more comfortable to sin, than to do what is right. We like our comfort too much, Let me give you an example. If someone pulls in front of you on a busy highway, and then slows down and you miss getting through your red light, it is easy to want to blow your horn and say, "not nice things" about them, as this is easy for you to do. However, it takes more constraint and will power to control yourself, and even say a silent prayer for them. It is much easier to sin in this example, than it is to do what is right. Take a moment to think about other examples that come up in your daily life, where you find that it is easier to sin than resist. Maybe a co-worker tells a lie about you and gets you in trouble. It is easier to hold a grudge, and do everything you can to get revenge, than to forgive them. What if you get a phone call from a good friend who wants to talk to you, but you just aren't in the mood to talk to them right now, do you tell them a little white lie that someone is at the door, or on the other phone and you have to go. It is easier to tell a lie, than it is to tell the truth. All of these are simple examples, which I am sure you have been guilty of at some point in your life. It was easier to commit a sin and not follow God's commands, than it was to do the right thing. These kinds of sins become habits, and become easier and easier the more you do them. I want to encourage you today to seriously think about how you are obeying God's commands in your daily life. All of God's commands are meant to be followed, and there are no exceptions. When you accept Christ as your savior, you are to live a life free from sin. God has given you the Bible to tell you the kind of life He wants you to live, from the moment you asked Him into your heart. Think about all of God's commands today and put them into practice, stop sinning and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you to victory. My Daily Devotional Volume Six June 6 Robert William Brock, Jr.