The Oil Of Joy - The power to obey
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
There are many believers who listen to or read the bible without ever intending to obey it. I was like that for a long time. If I think I can do it in my own strength then I may choose to obey. Due to this I had a very low standard of Christian life. Because whilst I enjoyed listening to the amazing things which happen for those who step out, I could not see it in my life. I consoled myself with the fact that everyone's life is different so whilst some will have tremendous miracles others will not. It is written in James 1:22, ‘Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving (fooling) yourselves.’ He was teaching that anytime we choose to disobey we miss out on knowing the truth.
Today God was teaching me that He wants us to ask Him for His power because all we need is hidden in us. When we read anything in the bible the power to obey is inside us, and as we pray about it with thanksgiving it comes out of us so we can use it. It becomes our source of help when it is difficult to carry on. The bible tells us to come to Christ as little children because they never give up until they have achieved what they want. They do not accept the word impossible but if they have done it once then, no matter how long it takes the second time they will keep trying. I have watched my toddler son climb up onto a table standing on a tricycle. Sometimes he is able to do it first time but other times when it keeps moving as he tries to climb, he will keep at it till he does it. This is to encourage ourselves that there are times when we may not obey perfectly because of the people and things around us but we have to keep on till we get it every time.
KEEP PRACTICING OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD AND IT WILL BECOME EASY
Prayer: Father, Blessed be You the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ in Jesus Name. Amen.
( Ephesians 1:3 paraphrased )
HAPPY NEW YEAR:POWER TO OBEY IN THE YEAR 2018
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