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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 10: Obedient Love


I finally get it.

And I am sure it will take more time to finally get it again.

And the more I stop trying to get it

I will totally get it

because

I experience

GOD

as

HE becomes so very real

when

I stop trying to figure HIM out

and

simply do what HE asks of me.

OBEDIENCE!

Oh to OBEY GOD isn't a response to a reprimand.

OBEDIENCE is a response to the gift of LOVE~

“JESUS replied, ‘Anyone who loves ME will obey MY teaching'” (John 14:23).

What will it cost you?

EVERYTHING that is getting in the way of living in HIS LOVE.

To FOLLOW JESUS is an act of OBEDIENCE

that leads you to a place

of PEACE

that you could never produce on your own.

OBEDIENCE~

following GOD'S WORDS of DO NOT~

the words that actually

stop you in your tracks

because how is it possible to

OBEY HIS WORDS

when you are experiencing the actually thing

that you are asked to

"DO NOT" do.

Hmm.

So how do you & I open the

GIFT OF OBEDIENCE

when we are told

"Do not be anxious about anything"*

and we are anxious about everything.

Hmm.

It is impossible to

DO NOT BE on our own.

I have tried it. I still try it.

And I think GOD chuckles at me

as HE waits for me to

look at OBEDIENCE as the doorway to

PEACE

instead of an impossibility

when

instead it is an opportunity to experience

HIS GRACIOUS GIFT of HIS LOVE

that

doesn't stop at

DO NOT

because GOD has so much waiting for us at every turn in the road~

"And the peace of GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in CHRIST JESUS"*

This isn't rocket science, unless we make it out to be.

Oh when we try to make sense of what GOD is asking

when all HE wants from us is to

respond to HIS LOVE with OBEDIENCE and

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to HIM, & HE will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Hmm.

OBEDIENCE is TRUST

that leads to action~

"but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD"*(Philippians 4: 6-8)

Oh the JOY of OBEDIENCE~

"Be joyful always; Pray continually;

Give thanks in all circumstances..."

Because OBEDIENCE is the gift of FREE WILL~

"For this is GOD'S will for you in CHRIST JESUS" (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Oh respond to the

UNCONDITIONAL GRACE of GOD

with

OBEDIENCE

because

HE is

"SOVEREIGN" (listen to the song below)







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