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Obedience Without Hesitation - Saturday's Dose - 30th March 2013

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Saturday's Dose - 30th March 2013

Obedience Without Hesitation

Today's Scripture

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." - Hebrews 11:8 NIV.

Thoughts for Today

Abraham left the comfort and security of Ur to obey the call of God. Without hesitation, he "obeyed and went." He is known for this immediate step of obedience.

Abraham's spiritual experience was marked by four difficult steps of obedience that showed the strength of his trust in God:

He left his country and family (Genesis 12:1).

He broke with his nephew Lot, offering Lot his choice of land (Genesis 13:1-18).

He changed his focus from Ishmael to Isaac for the center of God's promise (Genesis 17:17-18).

He was willing to offer up Isaac, his only son (Genesis 22:1-19).
Abraham did not choose the easy way in these situations, because of his faith in God, he chose God's way and obeyed him, even when obedience was difficult. His faith is an example for all of us. Paul uses Abraham as the central theme in Romans 4 concerning justification by faith and describes him as "the father of all who believe" (Romans 4:11). Abraham was God's friend (James 2:23).

Consider this...

Are you willing to obey God even when it's not easy? When you don't understand? This kind of obedience takes a great deal of faith faith in God's goodness, faith in his love for you, faith in his power, faith in his plan. It also takes devotion to God and a desire to please him. May we all work toward this kind of faith by meditating in God's Word, by spending time in prayer,listening as well as speaking,and by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to us.

Growing in faith and obedience is a process that spans a lifetime. Looking at the entire process can be overwhelming. Try to focus on a decision or choice you are facing right now, today. Determine to choose God's way. When you sense his direction, don't hesitate. Step out in obedience, even if you don't understand the reason. Trust him. His plan is always the best one.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, help me to follow in the example of Abraham and other heroes of faith. I know that in the past I have sometimes taken the easy way out or insisted on doing things my way instead of trusting and obeying you. Forgive me. Help me in this situation right now to be sensitive and obedient, to your leading. Help me to obey without hesitation. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

1 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE?

Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

Faith without obedience?

Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) .......5 But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.".....9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon's obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses.

A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11.....11 He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight.")NKJV

The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27......27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.") NKJV.

Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19...13 And they lifted up their voices and said , "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !" 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priest." And so it was that they went, they were cleansed......)NKJV.

The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.


JESUS NEVER TAUGHT THAT MEN WOULD BE SAVED WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. SAVED BY FAITH ALONE IS A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE!


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