Obedience vs. Rebellion

I’ve been studying this devotional called “The Battle Plan for Prayer” that’s based off the movie, War Room. There was an excerpt from today’s study about obedience that was too good not to share…

Jesus is the definition of pure, agape love and wants nothing more than for us to love Him in return through a lifestyle of obedience. It’s like with our kids – some are obedient and some rebel. If you were God for a day, would you answer the prayer requests of your obedient child or the rebellious one? In the same vein, how could anyone call Jesus “Lord, Lord” if they’re not serious about doing what He says (Luke 6:46) and being obedient?

The logic couldn’t be any more clearer. And Jesus couldn’t have said it more plainly, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). No one is saying we’re capable of always doing things perfect, but “to NOT follow Him with faith and submission while CLAIMING total allegiance is the same as saying our love for Him is a cup of lukewarm coffee at best.” And who really likes a cup of lukewarm coffee??

— Chris

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Why You Should Accept a Life Less Predictable (via @donaldmiller)

Check this post out first from Storyline Blog:
http://storylineblog.com/2013/09/25/why-you-should-accept-a-life-less-predictable/

WOW! Shauna’s post rings so true with me right now. When I was at Texas A&M in College Station, I sailed on Lake Bryan and Lake Somerville with the Texas A&M Sailing Club for 4 years. We were a non-profit organization that basically survived off of club dues and donated boats, of which my favorite was the infamous Nacra 6.1 catamaran. I absolutely loved the feeling of waking up on a Saturday morning, checking the wind speeds for the day and heading out to the lake with a group of friends to see how far and fast the wind would take us.

The wind is a funny animal though. I can’t tell you how many pairs of sunglasses I lost in the water, how many times I fell off the boat or how many times I capsized a boat (or at least will admit to). BUT, I can tell you how great the sport is when you learn to understand and trust the wind. The same thing goes for my relationship with God. Like Shauna, I’m a planner at heart, and historically, I have been accustomed to planning a chunk of my adult life out in detail and remaining “in control.” However, lately it’s felt like a season in my life where I give up control and see where God (a.k.a. the wind) takes me. Granted Stephanie and I are planning wedding, which this groom-zilla is loving, but we’re not trying to control where He takes us. It’s challenging and exciting all at the same time.

Food for thought… Where’s the wind taking you these days? Better yet, who’s the wind?

Obedience

Reposting from Aug 2012…

When I went on a three-week tour in Europe last year, I bought a devotional called “Man in the Mirror” to take with me on my iPad so I could keep strong in my walk, but unfortunately, I didn’t do a great job of keeping up with it on a daily basis. Maybe it was the long days or just too many distractions in the different cities we visited… who knows. Nonetheless, I recently picked it back up because I longed to have a deeper and less surface-level God time than what I was having.

Today’s devotional was about obedience and based on Romans 1:3-5. ” …We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit (The Message).”

It reminded me that each one of us, including myself, struggle with our “worst ways” on almost a daily basis at times. But as we growth in our faith and read more of the Word, we become more and more equipped as soldiers of God. We become more aware of what all is possible simply by putting our trust in Him.  He keeps us focused and gives us endurance through this race called life. That’s true obedience. Though I continue to struggle through my own “worst ways” as Pastor John Wittie (@jb_witte) often says, I do it with more hope and confidence that God will take hold and pull me through it as long as I have obedience, trust and faith in Him.