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Sunday Stillness – What is Obedience to God?

Sunday Stillness – What is Obedience to God?

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What He says we will do, where He sends we will go

This will be my last Sunday in Poland. It will be the end of camp and I think the last day of camp. I head back home on Tuesday. Will have lots to tell you when I return.

Jesus said:

Blessed … are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28, NIV).

Oswald Chambers says:

The level of my growth in grace is the way in which I look upon obedience (July 19).

So I guess the obedience I have to Jesus gets stronger as my relationship with Jesus increases.

Obedience is only possible between equals; it is the relationship between father and son, not between master and servant (July 19, Oswald Chambers).

As I come closer to Jesus I can hear His voice better; sense Holy Spirit promptings; and know that I want to obey.

The stronger the relationship, the stronger the trust between the two parties.

Because Christ lives in me, He has that right to show me the truth and the way to go.

I love Robin Mark’s song, I’ve Been Crucified With Christ. Listen and enjoy.

And of course a favourite oldie. Trust and Obey.

Here are the words;

Breathe them in:

Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord
in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
Let us do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey

Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do,
where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

Let’s grow stronger together.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Jesus, and Your Holy Spirit. Thanks for teaching me through Your Word, and prayer. Hold my hand as we walk this walk together. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Sunday Stillness – Solitude

Sunday Stillness – Solitude

Solitude

I love to meet God in the stillness of the morning. When I sit still – yes, still.

I didn’t used to be able to sit still. During the day I go, go and go some more. But I believe I have the energy to do that because I do sit still every morning – for prayer, study and just being with God.

The first time I tried to sit still I lasted five minutes. It’s amazing how one can learn the discipline of sitting still.

And solitude doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. I would always crave someone to talk to. I have that friend now, Jesus is His Name. No matter where I go, He is always there with me.

Therefore I am never alone in my solitude. (Tweet this)

Solitude and silence is an opportunity to focus on your Intimacy with Jesus, to unhook from your daily responsibilities and the people you interact with, in order to attend to the Lord alone (Soul Shepherding).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10, NIV).

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WHAT IS THE TENSION OF FAITHFUL PRAYER?

What is the Tension of Faithful Prayer?

by Mark D. Roberts (reprinted with permission)

Hands in Prayer

Faithful Prayer

Psalm 22:1-31

“Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief…
For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help” (Psalm 22:2, 24, NIV).

Today I want to base my reflection on two verses from Psalm 22. In the first verse (22:2), the psalmist laments God’s lack of response to his desperate prayers. Even though he has called out to God day and night, God has not answered. The second verse (22:24) seems almost to contradict the first, affirming God’s attention to those who cry for help in their suffering.

How is it possible for both of these verses to appear in the same psalm? How can the psalmist accuse the Lord of ignoring his prayers, yet, moments later, celebrate God’s faithfulness in response to the cries of the needy?

Such superficially contradictory statements make sense when we realize that our faith in the living God is not some neat, tidy relationship that we can carefully manage. Every person who has walked with God for a while has experienced seasons of despair and seasons of exaltation. Sometimes these seasons overlap, even in a single prayer. In agony, we cry out for God’s help. Then we remember his goodness. Then our desperation returns as we wonder why God seems so distant. Then we are encouraged by the promise of his presence.

And so it goes when we live in the tension of faithful prayer. Tweet this.

Psalm 22 invites us into a tumultuous, passionate, growing, intimate relationship with God. It gives us permission to cry out in anguish without holding back and to rejoice in the memory of God’s faithfulness—and, sometimes, to do both more or less at once.

Read the rest of Mark’s post over at the High Calling.

This post reminded me of this wonderful song  – I will not be Shaken written by Sonic Flood. Here it is played by Vineyard.

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Mark D. Roberts

Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is Senior Advisor and Theologian-in-Residence of Foundations for Laity Renewal, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas and the parent organization of Laity Lodge. He has written several books, including his most recent: Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway, 2007)

He blogs at  http://www.patheos.com/community/markdroberts, and writes a daily devotional for http://www.thehighcalling.org.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Beloved

Five Minute Friday – Beloved

Linking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

Beloved

Father and son. Beloved.

The first words that come into my head when I think of beloved are the words of God about His Son, Jesus:

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, NIV).

Then I think of my family and they are my Beloved Family in whom I am well pleased.

My husband who always nurtures me, protects, calms me, encourages me – that is how he shows His love and I love him so much.

My kids who are all grown up with families of their own. I am so happy that they can stand on their own and with their spouses stand firm in the love they have for each other. I can see their caring natures, their discipline in their lives and teaching of their children, their work ethic – and their caring for their friends and co-workers. I know how much they love my hubby and myself and how I can count on any one of them at a moment’s notice.

My grandkids who I dearly love and miss since I am away in Arizona. I love their hugs, their snuggles, and their sweetness. I love their enthusiasm, their excitement and their exuberance for life.

Yes I love them all – deeply, and I thank God I am having the pleasure of watching them grow.

Yes I am well pleased. Thank you Lord.

 

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TETHERED TO GOD

Tethered to God

A little while ago we took our grandchildren to their other grandparents. My son-in-law had carefully moved the two car seats from the family car to our truck. It took him quite awhile to get the seats in place. When they were strongly tethered in, we took off.

The drive went well; the children were marvelous. When we arrived at our destination my husband and I took out our grandchildren from their safety seats and gave them to their other grandma. We then started to undo the car seats so they could be returned to their parents. That was the last thing my daughter had said, “Don’t forget to remove the car seats!”

What a job! Tethered they were. As we both pushed, pulled, loosened, tugged, strained and tried not to get frustrated – those seats held firm. I think it took us about 10 minutes to get the two car seats untethered.

That is the type of connection I want with God – I want to be tethered so tightly that nothing can tear me apart from Him. How can I accomplish this?

With the car seats there were various straps that held the seat in place.

So I need to find more than one way to tether myself to God.

First I need to pray, because in prayer He can open the other doors that will keep my relationship strong.

Next I need to be obedient. There are various spiritual disciplines that can help me to be tethered. In each one I need His help. Whether I study, read, go to church, attend Bible studies, write, memorize Scripture, fast, pray in the Spirit, or other disciplines – I must be obedient to do these things.

So prayer and obedience are the two tethers I am relying on.

What are you tethers?

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