Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Psalm 119:36-37
There is a trend in which many sermons and inspirational writings focus on everything that God will do for those who serve Him. The topics range from deliverance from your circumstances to receiving the prosperity of material wealth. Yes, the Bible is full of stories that portray God’s great love, grace, and mercies for humanity. And who does not feel a soothing and peaceful relief from reading and faithfully believing in God’s promises? We can experience God’s love and receive hope from His declaration that He is our Heavenly Father. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:30
Human Effort + Divine Intervention = Victory
The lack of Human Effort is the part that keeps us on the roller-coaster ride of spiritual highs and lows. In addition to God’s promises, the Bible also tells us of God’s commands, which require strict obedience. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33. How do we break the cycle of feeling victorious and then defeated? What do we need to do to possess inner peace and joy despite our circumstances?
King David provides the answer: Devout obedience to God.
I will keep on obeying your instructions forever and ever. 45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. Psalm 119:44-45
In our quest for learning what we need to do to have a stable relationship with Christ, we must look outside of ourselves. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27. Do you know someone that serves God and is always joyful even though they are going through hard times? Have a conversation with them and find out their secret for living a faith-based life. We can also read inspirational books or listen to sermons, and testimonies found on social media.
My answer to living a faith-based life is to have complete trust in God, and to obey. I have two spiritual mentors who are in agreement with faithfully trusting and obeying God for a peaceful and joyful life. Still, I decided to do an online search, and surprisingly, I found this answer:
A Christian is one who accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and baptized for the remission of sins and lives every day, surrendering his life to Jesus. … But a truly devout Christian is someone who is quietly devoted to God in every aspect of their life. They are in constant connection with Him throughout the day. (unknown) http://www.quora.com
A Devout Christian (Christ-like) is one who is quietly devoted to God in every aspect of their life. Devotion to God requires faith, trust, and strict obedience to His precepts and commands.
I will leave you with David’s answer to possessing inner joy:
1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. 2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. 3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. 4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Psalm 119:1-4
During these Sabbath hours, I invite you to perform some extensive soul-searching and identify the areas of your life in which you are not obeying God. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6.
Be intentional in your preparation to receive the Holy Spirit. Place yourself on a “Do not Disturb” status. Create an atmosphere by maintaining a quiet and humble spirit. “Be still, and know that I am God! “Psalm 46:10. In solitude, listen to inspirational music with your Bible in hand, and pray a prayer of confession and repentance, also asking for God’s blessings upon your life. I have included a link to some excellent piano worship: https://youtu.be/m_1HEYFRqxY
It is time that we experience the full benefits of serving God, our Heavenly Father: Living a Peaceful and Joyful Life!
Bible Reading: Psalm 119
God, we thank you for the gift of the Sabbath. We are on a roller-coaster ride of spiritual highs and lows, and we need a breakthrough from this cycle of being bound. Please forgive us for not doing our part by completely obeying you. We pray for healing and a change of mind to follow faithfully, trust, obey, and believe like never before. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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