In this section, blog posts are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times. Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this message.
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.