Obedience Is Best

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I am a firm believer that when you know better you do better.  That being said, lately I have wondered why so many people still choose to do the wrong thing.  I mean every time I turn on the television, the amount of ruthless and outright disobedient behavior is unbelievable.  I was having a conversation the other day about people’s rights and the laws of the land.  Yes, I get that there are laws and rights, a lot of which I feel like if they did not exist people would still do what they want to do anyway.  But even still, just because you have the right to do something, does not make it the right thing to do.  We are experiencing a severe moral decline in our society.  People know better, but seem to be doing whatever it is they are big and bad enough to do. And the more unfortunate part about it is a lot of these same people also profess Christianity.   As Christians we are in the world, but the bible declares that we are not to be of the world.

Christians are held to a different standard.  Those of the world run their own lives.  They do what they want, when they want without regard for how it affects others or whether or not it is approved of by God.  Christians however, should seek to walk in obedience.  Not obedience to man, but to God.  They are to be led, guided and willingly controlled by the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit will always lead right to the will of God.  God wants us to choose His will, but what He won’t do is force it upon us.  So by me saying when you know better, you do better this is not a completely true statement.  The fact of the matter is you must still make a decision.  When you know better, you must decide to do better.  This is why so many people seem to be doing anything they want.  They are making a decision.

What I’ve come to learn is that obedience hurts.  It is the place where your flesh and your spirit disconnect.  When our feelings do not support our actions, it can be a difficult thing to process.  So, in essence obedience is a form of strength.  How strong are you when you just do what you want to do?  It takes self-control, discipline and commitment to actually do the right thing.

I’ve made it up in my mind that I am going to be like Paul and run my race and finish my course.  When life happens, I will be obedient.  My hope and prayer is that the spirit of God inside of me will lead me and guide me at all times.  When we willfully choose to do what God requires of us, even when our thoughts and feelings are not supporting it, it shows our love for God.  No matter what life throws your way, make up in your mind right now that you will be obedient.  If for no other reason, because obedience is best.  #iDeclare #ObedienceIsBest

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Prayer:

Father God in the name of Jesus, please help me to be obedient because I understand and truly believe that obedience is best.  I decree and declare that I am in this world, but not of it.  I am held by a higher standard and I choose to make decisions and operate in a manner that is pleasing to God no matter what life throws my way.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Scripture Reference:

John 14:15 NLT “”If you love me, obey my commandments.”

Romans 2:13 NLT “For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.”

Leave The Past Right Where It Is

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Leave the Past Right Where It Is

Social status and titles mean very little to me because difficulties in life show no mercy based on who you are or who you know.  No matter how you look at it, life is not easy.  Nor, do I think it was ever intended to be.  I’ve learned and am still learning that there will be some things in my life that don’t go the way I want, but I can’t just throw in the towel.  I have to make a decision to focus on the positive and live a life of joy and happiness in spite of my past or what I may be experiencing in my present.

Living thousands of miles away from my closest friends and family, I had been really homesick lately.  That was until my mom and aunt came to visit.  I was so happy because I knew that by spending time with them, I would get the encouragement I needed to help get me through the next months before we leave Europe.  Their visit went better than I could have ever imagined, however when they left I felt some kind of way.  I did not realize that I would miss them so much and instead of getting the push I needed, the enemy tried to attack my mind and almost tried to get me to revert back to how I felt when I first got here.  I had to call upon the strength of God deep down inside of me to get me back on track, forget all about my past feelings and focus on my present.  I made the decision to focus on those choices that I can affect and continue to make my life worth living.  While I still miss my family, I make the choice right now to live my life to fullest each and everyday and not allow this situation to get me off focus and regress back to my past behavior.  I know that I have purpose where I am and in spite of how I feel, I must finish the race that has been set before me.

This is just one example I am sharing.  I’m sure you could think of several things you have experienced that maybe did not go the way you want it to go or maybe caused you hurt and pain.  I want to encourage you today.  Whatever it is you are feeling, I am here to say that you can triumph over the challenges and difficulties of life.  It’s all about your outlook, strength of character and determination.  You simply have to choose.  Call upon your faith and trust in God to help you keep walking toward a better future.  Leave your past behind you.  For me, this even includes past behaviors.  If you spend so much time focusing on moments, situations or circumstances from the past, you just might miss the awesome things that God is doing right in front of you or any special moments that are to come.  Learn from it, grow from it but leave your past right where it is. Do not try to take it into your present or the future that God has in store for you.  #iDeclare #LeaveThePastRightWhereItIs

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, please help me to leave my past behind me.  Help me to not allow the situations or circumstances of my present to cause me to revert back to things of the past.  Help me to stay focused and determined to live a meaningful life.  I decree and declare that I will choose to focus on the choices I can affect and not miss out on what’s right ahead of me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Scripture Reference:

Philippians 3:13-14 KJV “Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Life’s A Journey

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Journey

The beautiful thing about having a relationship with God, is that it’s between you and Him.  No one can dictate how your relationship with Him is supposed to go.  We are all unique individuals, so therefore our bond with our creator is going to be different.  So that being said, what I have come to learn is that when God sets you up to do something or gives you vision and purpose in life, that also is between you and Him.  It’s impossible for you to expect everyone to be on the same page and understand what He’s doing in your life, no matter how bad you may want them to.  When you are obedient to God, some family, close friends and even church folk may think you are crazy.  Some may even judge you or have some not so nice things to say.  In spite of your connection to them, you must be willing to put their thoughts and feelings aside and trust in your Heavenly Father.  Trust what He is doing in you and know that you are headed in the right direction. In order to reach your destination however, you must keep moving.  A journey is not a journey once you stop moving.  The Lord knows all things, and as you go from season to season allow Him to reveal the plans He has for your life.  Once He does, do not allow anyone to stop you from accomplishing just that.

If you have been struggling with being in the will of God and doing what you know you have been called to do, I encourage you to do a thorough examination of your present situation.  You must first make up in your mind that you are willing and ready to do whatever it takes.  A lot of times people come to a stumbling block where they are forced to make decisions they aren’t ready to make or don’t want to make.  Make a decision.  It’s easy to say what you are not going to do, but you must decide what you are going to do.  Once you do that, then rid your thoughts of the negative talk of other people around you.  If you have to, keep some things to yourself.  Let your actions do the talking for you.  People are going to talk regardless, you just can’t let it stop you.

God is doing some stuff in your life right now.  Stuff that you don’t understand.  Stuff that you don’t like.  Stuff that even hurts you to your heart.  My brothers and sisters in Christ, I am here to tell you it’s ok.  All of the “stuff” you are going through is working together for your good and for God’s glory.  Seasons change, people change but the word of God stays the same.  No matter how bad it hurts, remember it is all apart of life’s journey.  Bottom line, don’t expect everyone to understand your journey, especially if they’ve never had to walk your path.  You must be like King David and keep looking to the hills from whence cometh your help, because your help does not come from man, it comes from God.  Remember, there is no turning back on your life’s journey, just make new paths to follow instead. #iDeclare #LifesJourney

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Prayer:

Father God I thank you for the journey you have set before me.  Help me to understand that what goes on between the two of us, may not be understood by other people. Regardless of what anyone has to say, I decree and declare that I will be focused and determined to do just what you would have me to do, no matter how crazy it may seem.  I will not turn back.  I will run my race and finish my course.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Scripture Reading:

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Romans 8:37-39 KJV “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Psalms 121:1-2 KJV “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth”