Do You Hear What I Hear?
Good Morning Friends,

Hope all is well and warm with you today. As I get ready for work I wanted to stop by with a brief post to update you on my latest "Heart Whispers".

If you read my last post you will know the Lord has been walking and talking my through some things these last few weeks.
While I'm not ready to share everything with you I will share one insight....

The Lord demands complete obedience from his children (doesn't every parent?).
Partial obedience is not obedience.
Delayed obedience is not obedience.
Disgruntled obedience is not obedience.

2 Chronicles 31:21 (NIV)
In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

Psalm 119:31 (NIV)
I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame.

What are your thoughts on the subject of obedience and what verses confirm your thoughts?








5 Comments:

Blogger Julie Coleman said...

I heard a great quote by Elisabeth Elliot that said, "Struggling with most decisions is really post-poned obedience." I find that to be true in my life. When I am struggling, it is really to make myself do what I already know what is right, which is acting in obedience to God. Does that make sense?

Abraham obeyed God's command to sacrifice Isaac without one word. When Christ faced the agony of the cross, He prayed to have the cup taken from Him, but never once wavered from what He knew He had to do. Those who knew God well obeyed Him without question.

It strikes me that our level of obedience really ties in to what we think of God. Does He really have our good in mind? Does He really love us as much as He says He does? If He does, than obedience in totally in our best interest.

I wrote a blog about doubting the goodness of God being a reason for disobedience. You can read it at www.juliecoleman.blogspot.com/2008/04/doubting-goodness-of-god.html.

Have a good day!

Blogger Joyful said...

Zoe, just this morning I wrote about how our obedience is directly proportional to our fear of the Lord (our awe for His character, holiness and sovereignty).

I often think of how I desired "first time obedience" from my son when he was younger. I only wanted to ask once and see him respond. Can I demand what I am not prepared to give?

It's interesting to me how many times the word "immediately" (or similiar expressions, eg. "at once") are found in the Bible. Most of the references speak of the results of God speaking - eg. telling a lame man to get up and walk, a demon leaving, a storm quieting etc... Obedience to God's Word should be instantaneous.

I find when He speaks to specific issues that I'm praying about, I respond promptly - eg. when He spoke Micah 2:10 to our family concerning moving to a new church - "Arise and depart this is not your place of rest" - the very next Sunday we were in a different fellowship. (I have story after story of definite direction like this, where obedience came easy because of the clarity.)

I find it harder to obey in the day to day decisions and actions that reflect that Christ is living in me eg. respecting my husband, loving my neighbour, not worrying etc...

I think coupled with obedience must come belief. Luke 1:45 says, ""Blessed is she who believes what the Lord has said will be accomplished".

Our first step in obedience is the hardest. It's a step of faith and trust in the One who will then move everything to enable us to obey.

I appreciate your wisdom in not rushing to share too much right now. Nehemiah 2:12 says, "I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do..." Sometimes we foolishly rush ahead and do not wait to listen to all that God is speaking. Praying for you as you obey what the the Lord is speaking to your heart.

Love & hugs,
Joy

Blogger Chef Diane said...

Zoe,

I read your post this morning and man you got me thinking. Why do I choose to be obedient? I actually used it for my blog post today. Thank you for reminding me why I choose to be obedient.
For me 2 John 6:
The love of which I am speaking consists in our living in obedience to God’s commands. God’s command is that you should live in obedience to what you all heard from the very beginning.

I think for me it is because of love. I also think he wants 100% obedience, isn't that what He gave at the cross.

I will keep you in prayer as God leads you down this journey. Isn't it great to know you don't have to share everything, just to be supported and cared about. :-)
Hugs,
Diane

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God has convicted me if iam to expect obedience in my children's
lives I must be obedient.
2Corinthians 10:5-6
We are destroying speculations and
every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and
we are taking every thought captive to the obedience ofChrist,and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever
your obedience is complete.
We must first be obedient parent!

Blogger Charlene Kidd said...

You are right on my friend. I have learned that even doing nothing when we are being stirred by God is also disobedience.
Blessings,
Charlene

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