Love the Lord your God, and keep His requirements, his decrees, his laws, and his commands always. Deuteronomy 11:1
How important is Obedience to God in our lifelong journey of Sanctification?
Our salvation is dependent upon love, faith and obedience. If we truly love God, then we are willing to accept and follow only His plans for our lives.
Think about everything that you must change or give up in order to be in alignment with God’s will. Often we are uncertain as to which habits or behaviors are ungodly and unholy.
Do you waste money; abuse your body by choosing unhealthy foods, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages; engage in self-seeking activities on the Sabbath; dislike others; possess anger, bitterness, jealously; or harbor an unforgiving spirit?
By no means is this an exclusive list of personal issues that keep us from fully surrendering to God; however, the list of stated behaviors do indicate the areas in our lives that most of us rationalize that we are entitled to hold on to, because of _________________.
Each of us could fill in the blank with various personalized answers that appear to be acceptable from our viewpoint; but according to the Word of God, place us on the long and winding path down Disobedience Lane.
It is time to take a long and hard look by performing a self-evaluation of our habits, character and personality traits. Make it personal! Identify everything that stands in the way and prevents you from complete submission to God.
Our faith combined with the willingness to get rid of undesirable habits and traits, enable us to conform to God’s purpose and as you know, will always end in victory.
Obedience to God’s commands is the only true sign of your love for God and the only way you can know if you are obeying God is to study and know his Word.
Challenge for today: Self-evaluate and make the committment to study the Bible and let-go of disobedience to God.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Today, we bring our self-will and disobedience to you because we have the desire to submit ourselves to your way and your will. As we begin to diligently study your Word, we ask you for understanding and the ability to apply your commands for change in our lives. We thank you for your obedience even unto death. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz