Walk Obediently

People of Israel, what does the LORD your God want from you? The LORD wants you to respect and follow him, to love and serve him with all your heart and soul, and to obey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today. Do this, and all will go well for you. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 CEV)


It’s important for you to know that:

God is love.  Love isn’t what God does, it’s Who He Is. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

God loves you with a love that man can not begin to understand.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

God’s love is based on Who He is, not what you do, therefore there is nothing you can do, or fail to do, that will cause Him to stop loving you.  “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38-39)

God is your loving Father but remember that He is also Holy God. Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him: “Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands? (Isaiah 45:11)

God expects His children to obey and He makes it clear throughout His word that obedience brings blessings, disobedience brings severe consequences.  “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

God is your “I AM”. He is your Savior, Protector, Defender, Healer, Comforter, Redeemer, Counselor; whatever you need, He IsGod said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” (Exodus 3:14)

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Walk Obediently

 

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Ramblings of a Frustrated Writer

Be warned.  The title of this post is completely accurate so to avoid wasting your time, you may want to leave now.

You may have noticed there was no new lesson posted this week.  Please believe me, it’s not for lack of trying.  As a matter of fact, I’ve written, re-written, and written again the lesson for Ephesians, chapter 6.  But, for some reason that I can’t figure out, I can’t seem to get it right.

I was thinking that maybe it’s because it’s our last week in the study and I’m worried about missing something.  But then again, it may not be the last lesson  – one draft has the chapter divided into two lessons, one has it all in one.  Possibly it’s because of feelings of inadequacy.  So many wonderful studies have been written on this chapter, what more is there to say, especially by me?  Of course, there is a third reason, the one that makes the most sense – Satan doesn’t want this lesson written.  After all, contained in this final chapter is the Christian’s battle plan, the believers handbook for our defense against the enemy.

In the end, I guess the reason for this “writers block” (is that an oxymoron considering if there is a block one is not actually writing?) doesn’t really matter, it only matters that the lesson be written.  One of my character flaws is stubbornness, or as my Mamma called it – hard headedness. (Boy, could I tell you some stories).  But there are times when our flaws become assets if we just learn to apply them.  I would like to think this is one of those times. No matter how many lumps I get, I’ll keep banging my head against the proverbial wall until something shakes loose.  Hopefully that will be soon but now matter how long it takes, I have confidence that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world and that He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it.  Equipped with such promises, how can I fail?

Paul winds down his letter in chapter 6 with a plea for prayer; I echo his request: “and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel”(Ephesians 6:19)

And so, by your prayers, I press on.

~Sandra

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Walk Wisely

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalms 111:10


Last week we studied about what it means to walk worthy of the name of Christ. This week, we’re going to see what it means to walk wisely.

  • Walking wisely means growing in a deeper knowledge and understanding of God’s will. As we come to know and understand, His will and desire for us will become our own will and desire.
  • Walking wisely means making right choices. We are constantly making choices. To make right choices, we have to measure our ways against God’s ways and then choose to follow Him – each day, every day.
  • Walking wisely means putting God’s Word to work in our lives. It means applying God’s principles to everything we do. Not just in our private lives, but in how we relate and respond in our relationships with others.

In 1 Corinthians 10:23 Paul writes:  “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Paul is saying that God wants more from us than to simply do what is “lawful”.  Walking wisely is putting into practice the things that are helpful, that build us up and make us strong in our faith.

Our growing, choosing, and applying are all part of the process of our sanctification. Note that I said “process”.  Sanctification is not a one-time event, it is a life-long experience.  It is a journey that will one day bring us to the very throne of God.

~Sandra

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A Divine Make-Over

and (you) have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:10) Continue reading

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By Faith

 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–(Philippians 3:9) Continue reading

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Mystery

I will give you treasures hidden in dark and secret places. Then you will know that I, the LORD God of Israel, have called you by name. (Isaiah 45:3 CEV) Continue reading

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That You May Have Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7) Continue reading

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