Archive for the ‘Obedience’ Category


Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Day 286

“For the Kingdom of God is . . .
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
Romans 14:7

Imagine if you had the opportunity to work and practice your future career while you were growing up. Then one day you stepped into your position as an accomplished person achieving everything that is expected of you. You would then reap the fruits of your work the rest of your life. In a sense, this is already true for you as a Christian.

The kingdom of God is a present day reality for those who yield their lives to the rule of the Spirit. We have been transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13) and given the opportunity be a co-worker bringing the kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. We can reap peace and joy as the fruit.

“Thy kingdom come” of the Lord’s Prayer is the Father’s will to be done on earth, as it is heaven. It is a prayer for God to reign and to manifest His sovereignty and power through us. The kingdom of God is also a future event when there, “will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). It is a day when, “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

“What is the kingdom of God like? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew, became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches” Luke 13:18-19


Monday, December 13th, 2010

Day 272

“Then I said, ‘Here I am'”
Hebrews 10:5-10

What is the most outstanding characteristic of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is the reason why He subjected Himself to become man, suffer, and die for us.

Christ stated His purpose when He said, “Here I am . . . I have come to do your will, O God.” His whole purpose and supreme object in all that He did was to please His Father. He lived for God His Father. It is a great revelation of the holy relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

That love and relationship is extended to us. He came to do what we did not do – obey the Father perfectly. He demonstrated how to live solely for God. Because of that obedience, He saved sinners. By living for God, doing His will, the Father’s purposes are accomplished.

Christ’s life shows us how to live. He said He only spoke what the Father told Him and the works He carried out were the ones the Father had given Him to do. He lived to serve others. He was despised and rejected; He suffered and never thought of Himself. He did nothing for Himself. He lived only for the glory of God.

Now that He has made a way for us, we are to walk in the same spirit.

“I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart”
Psalm 40:8


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Day 254

“Follow the Lamb wherever He goes”
Revelation 14:4

The first call we hear in our hearts is when Jesus said, “If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” He satisfies our deepest needs by reconciling us to the Father. He tells us to come and He will give us rest. If we are willing to take His yoke on us and learn from Him, we will find rest for our souls. His promise is that streams of living water will flow from within us.

The second call we hear from Jesus says, “If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Now that we are his children, we find maturity by living for Him and others instead of for ourselves. We die to our own self-desires, wants and needs. We die to the world and its lusts. In its place are servanthood, humility and meekness. We become His ambassadors and bear the message of the good news. Then with Paul, we cry, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

Then there is a third call, one for those who know Him intimately and rely on His love. They follow the Lamb wherever He leads them. They are willing to go where they do not want to go, but they go because the Lamb of God leads them. Peter heard this the day Jesus said, “… but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Some 156,000 Christians, 17 an hour, were led where they did not want to go; they were martyred last year.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of His saints”
Psalm 116:15


Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Day 235

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry”
Matthew 4:1-11

What Adam failed to do, Jesus, fully as man, did.

Everyone was waiting for the Messiah. They expected a triumphant appearance with the armies of heaven to declare His kingship. Instead, He comes as baby to a lowly family, is raised quietly without much notice, and then begins His public ministry at 33 years of age.

He came in a way no one expected — as a man. He subjected Himself to live in our earthly state. And, as if this isn’t enough, He begins His ministry by being baptized and then led into the desert by the Spirit to be proven. Here is the most marvelous demonstration of God’s divine plan; Jesus the man becomes the second Adam and does what Adam did not do — the will of the Father!

Yes, Jesus picks up at the beginning of man’s history and demonstrates to us, as a man, how to do the will of the Father. He not only does what Adam did not do, but in 40 days and nights, through three major temptations, He did what the people of Israel did not do in the wilderness in 40 years. He does all of this as man! What a God and Father we have that loves us so deeply that He takes the time to show us the way through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16


Friday, July 9th, 2010

Day 128

“The men of Israel sampled the provisions,
but did not inquire of the Lord”
Joshua 9:14

God has given us the Holy Spirit not only as a guarantee of our inheritance in Him, but as a guide for our life. He has equipped us with everything we need to walk through our life. Then why do so many Christians struggle and seem to have great difficulty in their walks? The Old Testament, written for our benefit, may help us answer this question.

There is a great story in the book of Joshua about troubles in their life and how a bad decision was made that led to continued troubles. The people and Joshua made a pact with the Hivites without consulting the Lord. It had been established, through explicit instructions, that if they needed to discern God’s will they were to consult God by going to Eleazar the priest, who would consult the Lord for them [Numbers 27:21]. But, they didn’t do this. Their decision was made in their own strength and on their own initiative. The sin was not in being deceived, but in disobedience by not seeking God’s counsel.

Today, in the age of grace and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we should know God’s will. By consulting the Lord and waiting on his direction, we have less reason than ever to be deceived, and make unwise or unrighteous choices. The Word clearly states He has given us everything! We are fully equipped. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our good Father has set us free through Jesus Christ to walk in His salvation with peace and joy.

“Live by the Spirit”
Galatians 5:16


Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Day 90

“Accounting that God was able”
Hebrews 11:17-19

The Scriptures do not record what Abraham went through the night before he took his only son up the mountain to sacrifice him. God had instructed him to make this sacrifice, even though this was the promised son for whom Abraham had waited for many years. God’s directive seemed to contradict His promise; it didn’t make sense.

One can only imagine what a tremendous inward struggle Abraham must have had. To him, it would have seemed like the last night with his young son. Then in the morning the boy asks, “Where is the sacrifice?” Abraham said God would provide. This great man walked in great faith, trusting completely in the sovereignty of God. Even when he bound his son on the altar and had lifted the sacrificial knife, he was prepared to do what God had said. As he lifted the knife to sacrifice his son God stayed his hand and provided a ram for the sacrifice.

This profound experience changed Abraham. When he left that mountain, his relationship with the boy was no longer in the flesh – he now possessed him through God.

How about you? If God tests you with directions that contradict your desires, or which you do not understand, will you obey? Only those who know God, His sovereignty, and have faith can cross these bridges. Otherwise, we possess everything in the natural instead of the Spirit. Abraham found God in a new way that day – the God who will provide.

“Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,
and figuratively speaking, he did receive
Isaac back from death”
Hebrews 11:27


Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Day 84

“But I am among you as one who serves”
Luke 22:27

Servanthood is an area of our walk with Christ that many people miss. In fact, even the disciples wrestled with this issue and with the way in which Christ carried it out in His life. They were perplexed, unable to understand what Christ was doing. The same difficulty exists with us today. We gain knowledge and understanding, but it never seems to reach the depth of our character.

It was the time of the Passover when this really came to light. Preparations were made. They secured a guest room, prepared for the Passover and gathered together at the table of the Last Supper. It was here where the struggle took place. Jesus got up from the meal [John 13:4], changed clothes, and washed the feet of the disciples. They were embarrassed; Peter even resisted Him. Jesus replied that unless He was allowed to wash his feet, Peter was to have no part of Him. It wasn’t the first time this happened. The disciples knew ‘someone’ should have done it. But the Master? No, no, He shouldn’t have to become a servant.

Have you read that we should be servants? The disciples heard it. They didn’t have a problem with understanding it, but often failed to carry it out. But when the Master was a servant it was too much for them. Their understanding of servanthood did not embrace true humility. Jesus came to do what Adam and mankind had failed to do – obey God. So the Lord and King of the universe and heavens became a servant.

Like the disciples, the same thing has happened to us – we have had our feet washed by the God of the universe. He has cleansed us, and now He tells us we are to do the same – we are to be servants.

“The greatest among you should be like
the youngest, and the one who rules
like the one who serves”
Luke 22:27


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Day 43

“Regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was
a descendant of David, and who through the
Spirit of holiness was declared with
power to be the Son of God”
Romans 1:3-4

God’s Son relinquished equality with His Father to take on the form of a servant and the likeness of man, to make a way for you to be with Him. The depth and fullness of what Christ did for us is inconceivable to our minds and beyond our comprehension. God became, in all things, like us!

Imagine why our God, who knew no sin, would even consider a people who rebelled, not once, but again and again. But He not only considered us, He became one of us. He did this in order to conquer and destroy sin, which seemed to have an insurmountable line of defense. By doing this, He became the Author of our salvation.

God identified with us so that we may have fellowship with a Person who knows our very infirmities. He is full of grace; with unmerited favor for the guilty. He is full of mercy; with compassion to cover the effects of our sins. He is full of truth. He is the Way, The Truth and The Life for us.

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for
us, so that in Him we might become
the righteousness of God”
2 Corinthians 5:21