I have been trying to instill within myself the act of obedience. I have also been trying to instill my children with the act of obedience. Obedienceis beautiful proof of our love, not some evil limitting thing it is made out to be. And I have made some observations.
1. The act of Obedience looks and is different for every person (for some keeping their mouth shut is obedience, for others opening theirs is, for others serving people, for others spending more time with God, for others fasting, for us all prayer, so on).
2. Everyone has a different obedience problem.
3. The act of Obedience is always rewarded by God.
4. Obedience must always first involve humility and loving God and that is the first step.
5. Thinking obedient thoughts is the second step.
6. Doing the act of obedience is step three.
7. All three of those steps must be performed in order to get the full reward.
And that is what I have noticed. And a beautiful thing is that when we obey, we please God just as my kids please me when they obey. God does not ask the unreasonable, as we parents don’t ask unreasonable things of our kids. We want them safe and happy and blessed and God wants the same for us and moreso. He loves us, you see. So obedience is a lovely way to show Him we respect and love Him too. ❤
To reap the spiritual and emotional benefits of increased intimacy with Jesus, fast and pray.
I am fasting and praying once a week now because time is precious and greater intimacy with Jesus is just that amazing.
We as Christians really need to make that a habit. It is a beautiful sacrifice to Jesus as you pray and He feels like He is in the same room as you pray on an empty stomach, dependent on Him for energy and prayer.
I cannot tell you properly how special prayer time is with Jesus as you fast. You really need to find out for yourself. And with so much going on in the world, sooner is better.
Praise God! May His name be praised in all the earth! ❤❤❤
There has been to now this heavy air pressing in on my soul. Hard to describe it any other way. My mind has cast out negative thoughts, evil and crude thoughts, accusations, and I know these are last minute attempts from the enemy to steal, kill and destroy what belongs to Jesus. And I have had to keep on it, stay focused in prayer, read the Word and verbally send those thoughts and accusations packing. The devils are liars. Just that simple. They are defeated and are putting out a last ditch effort to take as many people to hell with them as possible.
Stand strong in God’s truth. Stand firm. Pray. Read your Bible. Tell the evil thoughts and accusations to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. And some day soon, God will take us out of here and we will breathe heavenly air and never have to worry about lies and evil again. Praise God!!! Be ready!❤
There must be an enormous generosity in place within two conversationalists in order for hearing and understanding to occur. Both have to be humble enough to receive information and process it in the context it was meant. If one or both are too full of self/pride, either the hearing will be faulty or the understanding/wisdom within the context will be flawed. This flawed understanding happens in sublings, friends, marriages, nations, leaders, business, and it is never a good thing. This is one of many reasons God emphasizes the maintenance of humility as a characteristic we strive to live. God knows the importance of humbleness in communication and understanding, and really, what good comes from misunderstandings? So God knows what He is doing and please attempt to remain humble for His sake and that of all those around you. Everyone wins.❤
Lamentations 5:21. “Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old”
Why an entire book on weeping for consequences of a nation’s sin? Because weeping is a necessary step toward repentence and repentence restores our relationship with God. So before a nation that has been neglectful of their God can return to Him, they must first be sorry that they screwed up. Thus Lamentations exists to emphasize that very important point. It is a call to knees. A sorrowful acknowledgment of wrong. And even though it has this mournful purpose, wrought with years of devastation and misery, it has these beautiful pockets of hope in God, of restoration, of hope for the future. They are sandwiched in the weeping so are easily overlooked, but what a great example of the beauty of God and that sorrow may last for a night but joy comes in the morning. We all must mourn and be sorry so we can make it right and restore our relationship with God. Then, what a beautiful world we would live in!❤