Monday, August 27, 2012

Father of Obedience!

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Ezekiel, son of man, the people with you in Babylonia talk about you when they meet by the city walls or in the doorways of their houses. They say, “Let's ask Ezekiel what the [Lord] has said today.”  So they all come and listen to you, but they refuse to do what you tell them. They claim to be faithful, but they are forever trying to cheat others out of their money.

They treat you as though you were merely singing love songs or playing music. They listen, but don't do anything you say.

Soon they will be punished, just as you warned, and they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Ezekiel 33:30-33

There is a deep valley between recognizing the Word of God and obeying it! You say you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Bible is God's Word, but are you obedient to His desire for you?

When you read the Bible do you try to find the passages that give you peace about the way you live now, or do you look for scripture that shows you a better way?

The Bible does not contradict itself, so the truth you find today will never change, but the ocean of God's truth is so vast there are always greater depths.

Here is where so many Christians stumble in their walk with Jesus. They come to believe that understanding God's Word is more important than obeying it.

We are saved by faith, not understanding. Faith is the father of obedience, but understanding's offspring can include arrogance and pride.

Study the scriptures so you can obey them even if you don't yet understand. That kind of obedience reveals your faith in Jesus and brings glory to God.

"Lord, show me one way I can obey You today that is beyond my understanding. Amen."

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