My thoughts this morning continues on prayer; pertaining to obedience and disobedience in that of recieving your answer to your prayers.
Yesterday morning my thoughts were on obeying the Word of God and it’s affect on your prayers. This morning, let’s look at the opposite of obedience, disobedience; that of NOT following after Godly ways, but following after worldly ways; self-desires through pride, greed, and following after the pleasures of this life.
Disobedience to Gods law is an act that violates or transgresses the religious or moral law of God or the way of righteousness; rebellion of God’s laws; perversion of the heart… we are all born into sin and we all must turn from sin.
Let’s take a look again at, How do make ourself to obey? Obedience starts in the MIND, comprised from our thoughts and ultimately settles in the heart. THE MIND is the part of humans that engages in conscious thinking, feeling, and decision- making; in the Bible, the mind and the heart is related. So we can say, we MUST desire and discipline ourself in following all that is of God and Godly ways.
As I have often stated, what is conceived in the mind is exercised in the brain. The brain initiates the action. Once the thought goes to the brain (the mind) the action follows to your heart.
The Christian MUST choose to set his mind on Godly things; those thoughts and things that are pure, holy and good. Even when you’re looking at those impossible situations in your life you must not waiver.
Set your mind on the Word of God. Read the Word, believe the Word and apply the Word. Stand strong, firm, relying and trusting God…use (apply) the faith that you have, stay busy…not in doubt and unbelief but in giving praise and glory to God thru and in all situations.
Again I say, DO NOT WAIVER!
James 1:5-7 (NLT) sums up this very thought…“If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Again, asking in faith, will require a life of obedience; living within the guidelines of God’s Word, (the Bible).
Obedience to the law in itself cannot lead us into living a Christian life. Living the Christian life WILL TAKE LIVING IN CHRIST; believing and receiving the Good-News of the Gospel being applied into your everyday life.
This life in Christ is that of placing your complete trust in Him. Yes, salvation can only come through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in your life. The Christian life will take a life of obedience; changing your mind and attitude, dwelling on Godly thoughts.
Prayerful living is a life of reading, meditating and applying His Word in your everyday living. The Holy Spirit will take up residence in the life of the believer.
Let me add that obedience correlates with that of being in right standing with God. Obedience keeps our relationship with God open and free. John 15:10-11 (NLT) When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Those who trust and obey God will live under the obedience of His Word. Applying the truth of His Word is the very training ground which will lead you into living a life of obedience. God has given all of us a will to choose, a choice to obey.
His Word and Spirit will guide us into all truth. Won’t you invite Jesus to be close to you.
- John 7:37 – 38 (NLT) “… “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”
- Matthew 11:28 – 30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.
- John 14:21 (NLT) Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”
Yes, believing God’s Word will lead to obeying God’s Word.
- James 1:19-27, TLB– VERSE 22: And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. So don’t fool yourselves.
- Proverbs 2:1-4 “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.”
In order to choose life, one must stay rooted and grounded in Christ. Man MUST OBEY God and remain in right standing with the Father.
There is ONLY one way to keep our relationship with the Father… through DAILY Prayer (communication) with God, and meditation (reading/studying) His Word (the Bible).
Praying is not an option, it is a command. Praying takes faith, a faith that believes as stated in 2 Cor. 10:5 (KJV) “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
So we can say it is through obedience that we can stay in right standing with God but it takes prayer (that of asking) and faith (that of believing) as we read the Word of God; to walk in continual obedience to God, LIVING A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE.
As always, Love in Christ Jesus,