John 15:14 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
What keeps you from doing what God commands? You know many times we rationalize what to do. We attempt to make the scriptures say what we want them to say. We search the internet, people, books everything we can get our hands on something that will make the scriptures say what we want them to say instead listening to how the Holy Spirit is leading us in our heart. Don't get me wrong, the Holy Spirit cannot and will not lead you down a path that is contrary to the Word of God. If you are being lead down a path contrary to what the Bible says please understand that the Holy Spirit is not leading. The flesh and the things of this world are leading and that is both a scary place and a dangerous place. John tells us in the fourteenth verse of the fifteenth chapter that if you love Jesus you will keep His commandments. Basically our obedience is an indicator of our love of Christ. It really is a pretty simple concept when you think about it, if you love Him you want to please Him, you please Him by keeping His commandments. make sure we understand each other obedience is not what saves us, it is a result of being saved! If Jesus is living in you, then you should have a desire to do what He is telling you, that is the power of the Holy Spirit. There are times when people are just more concerned about their own wants and desires than what Jesus is teaching. They simply refuse to surrender and allow Jesus to take control. However, most of the time we refuse to surrender to Jesus out of fear. We know that when we surrender we lose our control and loss of control is terrifying. It is, but the other side of surrender is the sweetest blessing. Our surrender equates to our obedience which results in God taking our obedience and doing great and powerful things with it. It is time for you to let go and let God take control. Let Him do what you cannot. Let Him take you to places you will not reach without surrender.
Deuteronomy 4:1 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
What is on the other side of your obedience? Where is your promise land? What awaits? Your faith cannot be dependent upon a blessing. You have to step out in faith because you love Jesus and accept what ever that action step brings. You must know Jesus is in control and you are better off with Him. There is only one way to understand this and that is to step out on faith and allow Jesus to use your faith to accomplish much.
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy