Obedience

So far, I have written messages about Faith, hope, charity, loss, judgment, blessings, leadership by example and forgiveness. Now it’s time to pull them all together and write about what nobody really wants to hear – obedience. Obedience requires Faith; it gives us hope; it makes us charitable; it brings us blessings; it comforts us during times of loss; it is an example to others and, through Grace, it brings forgiveness when we fall. We know God’s commandments and we read the Gospels. Why is it so hard to be and remain obedient?

Christ knew we, as humans, would have the propensity for sin so He came to wash our sins away and we could start anew. Is it then right to sin again and again and think that we can keep being cleansed? I would suggest you not attempt that path. Christ died so that if you would accept Him, you would have Salvation. Your eternal status, however, depends on how you live your life.(2 Tim 2:5)(1 Cor 9:24-27)(1 Peter 5:4)(Rev 2:10) There is a final judgment.  Don’t believe that?  (Read) (Rom 14:10-12)(James 1:12)(Matt 12:33-37)(2Cor 5:10) Why, then do we seem to always want to take the easy ways in life? Why must we endure hardship?

Life Principle 5, from InTouch Ministries, states: “God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable”. They use the conquering of Jericho as an example.(Josh 6:1-20) It certainly seemed unreasonable to simply march around and around the city and blow trumpets without ever striking a weapon. But the Lord of Israel made it happen so. Consider David against Goliath.(1 Samuel 17:1-54) Consider Daniel in the lions’ den.(Daniel 6:1-24) Consider the 3 Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego with king Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon(Daniel 3:1-30) and most especially Abraham and Isaac, possibly the greatest show of faith in God written in the Word.(Gen 22:1-19)

God will make himself known in your life if you will listen for Him and obey His will and follow His path. Sometimes the path is not easy.(Matt 7:13-14) But when you read the stories of David, Joshua, Joseph, Daniel and more, notice how much blessing God poured over His children when they stayed in His will for their lives. If you obey God, you will find the same amount of blessing in your life. It may not seem that way at first, but you will realize it, eventually; even if it is not until the final judgment. You might say “By then I’ll be dead”. Remember that this life is less than a drop of water in all the oceans of the earth compared to eternity.

The Church

In today’s time, Christ’s church is divided into many “denominations”. Catholics, who seem to be the first organized christian church, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, AME, Latter-Day Saints and a host more. I will admit that I am ignorant to the cultural differences among all the denominations but I don’t think that this segregation of the church necessarily has to mean segregation of biblical ideals.  We all believe (or we should) that the Bible is God’s Word. So then we should be living righteous lives based on the scriptures. If we were all to go back and read all four Gospels or even just the Sermon on the Mount, (Matt 5-7) we would understand the Biblical life principals that bring us all together as one Church under Christ.

The Holy Bible is the glue that holds together the fractured Church of Jesus Christ (which we refer to as denominations). Remember Peter, the foundation onto which Christ built His church? (Matthew 16:15-20) He knew the truth about who Christ is only by divine intervention. Today, we know the truth by the divine context of God’s Word. What a true blessing! If we believe there is only one Holy Word of God, then we can all believe that we are all one church, built by the hand of Christ.

Inspiration

I have gone back and re-read some of my own blog posts and have sometimes found a new message, a message I NEVER considered at the time I was writing the post.  Is this because I’m a great writer?  No, I don’t think I am even a good writer.  I think I am an inspired writer.  Of course, when you start with golden bricks you don’t end up building a house of straw.

I believe God is inspiring my Spirit with every strike of my keyboard.  I pray for His inspiration when I read my Bible and when I write these messages.  I aspire to obey His word and re-inspire believers weak in the spirit as well as inspire non-believers. (Matt 28:19)  God’s Word is food for my spirit.

My belief is that God inspires all of us in our Bible readings and all other inspirational readings, as long as the writer hasn’t gone out of God’s will for the message being authored.  I know that our Lord inspires me, through His Spirit, to write these messages to share with the world through my blog and the Internet. (John 14:26) (Luke 10:17-21)  I hope you find our Lord’s inspiration in my words and, most importantly, in His Word.