February 2013

His Flock Among the Lilies

Relationship and identity reveal who we belong to and who we really are. If our relationship is built on Christ and we abide with Him then we “...are already clean because of the word which I (Jesus) have spoken to you” (John 15:3) and “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love” (John 15:10a).

The Obedience of Faith

The Lord seeks our obedience. So what is obedience? It is important that we understand the obedience the Lord wants from us.

Trust and Obey

“Trust and obey” sounds like an easy request from God, but it takes a lifetime to learn well. Trusting and obeying are contrary to our sinful human nature.

Honoring Obedience

The story of Ruth reminds me a lot of the kind of loyalty and obedience that God wants to foster in each of us – especially in regards to our relationships with our parents.

There is God’s will and there is “I will.” The “I will” always leads away from God’s will in our lives because it puts the focus on us and not on God.

The Value of Obedience

Some time ago I wrote this note in my Bible at the end of the book of Jonah: “In sin I am utterly useless to God!” We certainly see this in the life of Jonah. Unfortunately, in this Age of Grace, many Christians are living as if obedience is optional in their lives.

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