Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Simplistic Obedience

Scripture: Acts 9:6-9
but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Insights: After we have an encounter with the Savior there is always a command to be followed.  As with the encounter this command can look differently for each individual.  For example, the rich young ruler was told to go and sell all he had and give it to the poor and then to come and follow Jesus.  Zacchaeus was told to climb down from a tree.  Saul was told to go into Damascus where he would be told what he must do later.  The point is a command is given and what Lord requires is obedience.  Beloved, tomorrow I will discuss this a little bit more fully, but I think the primary problem of the church is a heart issue.  Because we have left our first love, we do not hear Him clearly, and as a result, we do not follow Him with simplistic obedience.  Let me encourage you and help you understand that the Lord Jesus still is calling people, and that includes you, to a loving relationship with Him.  He is still giving people a chance to express their love to Him though obedience.  He is still merciful and willing to take back His wayward children.  He is still on His throne and is still the God of redemption and restoration.  The question of what will you do with Jesus is still being spoken to this day.  How you answer that question determines if you are walking in simplistic obedience or selfish rebellion.  It is my prayer that we all, myself included, will choose obedience to this loving Savior.

1.  Are you obeying the Lord’s commands?
2.  If not, what is standing in your way from walking in obedience to our holy Lord?

Prayer: Father, forgive me I pray for my rebellion against Your commands.  So often I choose to live life under my authority and power and not by Your Spirit’s guiding presence.  Transform me quickly through Your gracious plan of sanctification.  Amen.

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