Read the Fine Print

Buy one get one free, save an extra 50% – off both of these sound like great deals.  That is of course until you actually go in the store and realize that there are specific conditions you must follow in order to take advantage of these deals.  God recently gave me a revelation about this and how we can apply it to our daily life. I truly believe that each and every person on this earth was created for greatness.  The Bible reminds us that when God created us, He did so in His image.  He created each of us with a purpose in mind and a destiny set before us.  There are however, stipulations or as I mentioned earlier, specific conditions that apply.

In order for the greatness that God has placed deep down on the inside of you to manifest, there is a requirement from you as well.  There is a certain expectation that God has in regards to the way you live your life.  Don’t get me wrong; I am not in any way suggesting that He wants you to be perfect.  What I am saying however is that He wants you to live right.  Be kind to one another, show respect, walk in love and lastly be obedient. God wants you to be obedient to Him.  He wants to bless you.  He wants to enlarge your territory, but He also wants you to do what He asks you to do.

I hear all the time about the promises of God, and I truly believe them to be true.  On the flip side of that, I never hear about the requirements in order to get them.  You must be obedient to God.  If God is speaking to you to do something, do it.  Simply put.  God speaks to each and every one of us.  A lot of times we call it our conscious, or a gut feeling.  I call it God.  The blessings and promises of God are there ready for you.  There are however, things that must first take place in order to receive them.  Take time to reflect for just a moment.  Are you being obedient?  Obedience in strength.  Obedience is action.  At the end of the day, obedience is a small gift to God.  It is your way to show and not just say that you believe.

Thought Check:

“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22 NIV)

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

“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28 NIV)

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Obedience Is Best

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


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.”