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What Does Obedience To God Look Like?

19 February 2009 7 Comments

“Continue to do the right thing!” – former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to Georgia Willis

Then Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

What does obedience to God look like?

During our weekly Marching Through Culpeper prayer call on Tuesday Feb 17, Virginia Morton shared that the keyword the LORD gave her for this week is “Obedience.” That word, the scriptures Virginia shared, and the prayers that followed all spoke strongly to my spirit at the time.

This morning, I woke up very early and lay in bed reflecting. I heard the question, “What does obedience to God look like?” Then answers began pouring into my spirit. After about 15-20 minutes of listening, I got up and began writing what the LORD was downloading to me.

As I was typing today’s message, I was prompted out-of-the-blue to listen to my scheduled iTunes playlist for Day #19 because this is the 19th day of the month. That playlist began with the song “On My Knees” from Dennis Jernigan’s CD “Hands Lifted High.” That playlist also happened to include Chapter 19 of The Power Of A Praying Husband which is titled “Obedience.” That’s three times in two days the Holy Spirit brought that word to my attention. Clearly God is grabbing my attention. When this sort of thing happens, I believe He has a message for you too.

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In his death bed message, Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing… As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. (John 15:5, 9-10) Clearly, abiding in Jesus’ love includes keeping His commandments.

So, what are some simple things that Jesus commanded us (you) to do?

1) “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt 22:37) Love is spelled T.I.M.E. It requires relationship, not religion. Love and hurry are incompatible. Therefore, to be spiritually healthy, you must ruthless eliminate hurry from your life.

A relationship requires two way communication. Do you know have a personal relationship with Jesus? Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Are you a sheep? Do you hear His voice? How often? Are you following Him? Do you dialog (not monologue) with Jesus daily? If not, how do you start?

Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man … (whose) delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” When you have a close relationship with Jesus, you will meditate on the Word of God, day and night. The Bible is God’s love letter to you. When you spend quality time in relationship with Jesus every day, you will experience His uncondtional love and and that will spill over in your relationships with people.

2) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:39) Loving your neighbor begins with loving and forgiving yourself. This includes resting and taking caring of the only body you will ever have. After all, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit ((1Co 6:19)) if you are born again. It means loving your neighbors where they are at without judging them (John 12:47). It means being merciful. It means forgiving unconditionally

3) Keep the Sabbath holy! God designed our bodies to need a day of rest each week. “‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.” (Le 23:3) Taking an entire day off completely from work each week demonstrates our trust in God.

4) “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise. (Eph 6:2) This is so deep and means so much more than most of us realize. Listening and obeying our parents, praying for them daily, and making godly choices are all ways we honor our them. Once again, love is spelled T.I.M.E.

5) “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. (Mt 5:37) This includes being on time (nearly all the time) and completing what you say you will in the time frame you specify. For most us, including me, this means saying “no” much more often.

6) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Mt 6:33) Seeking first the kingdom of God means much more than just seeking first God. The LORD wants us

7) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Col 3:17) This scripture is so rich. It means doing everything with excellence and a good attitude, whether we want to be doing it or not. It means speaking only words of life. Never, never, never be negative!

8) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. (Eph 5:25) This means loving your wife unconditionally, regardless of her behavior or attitude. It means being patient and kind always (1 Cor 13:4-7). It means spending lots of quality time with your wife. It means listening to her and respecting her opinions as your helpmate. It means treating her as an equal partner in your relationship.

9) Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Eph 5:22). This means showing unconditional respect, which is what husbands crave more than anything. It means encouraging him and being his top cheerleader. It means spending quality time with him. It means trusting God that he is working through your husband to lead your family.

10) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Get it? THIS is the will of God. Where’s your joy on a scale of 1-10? How much time do you spend praying? How thankful are you in your current circumstances?

11) Live within your means and be debt free! Be content with what you have. Debt releasing is a key to realizing your dreams! “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Pr 22:7)

12) “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Mt 25:34) Compassionately caring for and SERVING the downtrodden is being Jesus to the world. How are doing in this regard? How can you improve?

Prayer Power
Jesus, thank You for today’s download. I’m convicted by much of what You had me write down. When I don’t know what I need, I need to get on my knees. When waves of doubt crash over me, I need to get on my knees. On my knees, I find refuge. On my knees, I find grace. On my knees, I can feel You like we’re meeting face to face. In Your hand, I find refuge. In Your hand, I find grace. In Your hand, I can feel You like we’re meeting face to face.

Blessings of the Day
1) Are you saved? – YouTube Video

2) Father’s Love Letter – YouTube Video

Blessings to hear Jesus’ voice and obey Him!

I invite and encourage you to comment on this blog post. Let your voice be heard. Incidentally, I do my best to only approve comments that speak life.

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The Holy Spirit is inviting YOU to become part of TEAM DESTINY. If you want more favor in your life, then join our team. Favor is always proportional to God’s assignment. That’s because the greater the assignment, the greater the adversity.

Journaling is the key to unlock your dreams!
Journaling is the key to unlock your DESTINY!

Is journaling biblical? Absolutely! Father God is the greatest Journaler of all times. The Bible is His journal – the most profound one of all times. And throughout time, the Holy Spirit has inspired millions of people to write to inspire others to greatness.

Blessings for divine provision and breakthroughs!

Dr. Randy Peck
“Blessed to be a blessing”
The Connector – connecting people, ideas, and resources in Christ through the POWER of the Holy Spirit

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  • simsre said:

    16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
    17 The sacrifices of God are x a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    Above is a portion of Psalm 51. This is not easy to understand until we see it in the Spirit. This is about our hearts. We think we have given our hearts to Jesus. Yet, he is saying this to people who think they had given everything to God because of the commands of Scripture concerning ritual law.

    There are things in many hearts that hurt, and we bury them, attempting to cover them up with activity, manipulating our feelings with our physcial intake, or 100 other ways to avoid the pain. What God wants is for us to literally offer our “heart” (spirit) as a living sacrifice, along with our bodies. He wants to do surgery on them, but must first have the heart we are protecting from him with willingness on our parts. We feel it will hurt, but it hurts if we do not, forever. And, this is our “forever” body part, our spirit.

    Not sure if this resonates, as it is profoundly deeper than I understand fully, but I see God doing this. So, this is a most important issue of obedience- have we said, “I give my heart to Jesus” and this for salvation; yet we have not given it for surgery?

    R. Sims

  • jp5281 said:

    From Prayer Journal
    02/18/09
    What are the priorities for today? This process for hearing your voice needs perfecting. Why do I not hear you better?

    Fasted yesterday and will continue today. No word on the appraisal. May your will be done in this matter. I commit it to you. Help me know how to relate to mom and Jim, also Diana and Laura.

    I am driven by what everyone wants me to do. Everyone being you ,myself ,Diana, friends, family, peers, business associates, satan, anyone or spirit that enters my sphere of influence. This is what puts me under pressure, stresses me out, causes, fear, anger, depression, confusion, and generally causes me to be “driven” in place of walking peacefully at a measured pace throughout each day. It is my conclusion that I must find a way to remain calm by not responding to any pressure by anyone or anything (including myself) that try’s get me to do anything that counters your direction for my life. This is the only way I can remain in an unhurried state through out each day. I must not be swayed by other peoples anger or pressure to do anything. This is the hardest with those people that I am the closest to. This is the reason (I think) that generally I choose not to be vary close to anyone. Ok so that is what I must do, refuse to be pressured by anyone, humbly seek you direction for the day each morning, be quick to listen (to your voice through whoever and what ever you choose to speak), slow to speak and/or to be influenced by any other pressure. Just thinking about doing that is a peaceful thought.

  • Kay Lutz said:

    Dear Randy, This letter and the video Love Letter from God are so inspiring and a concise compilation of scriptures describing
    obedience. I want to thank God for giving you the wisdom to put
    them all together for this morning’s blessing. Your life certainly exemplifies obedience for those of us who receive your daily blessing.
    I am partipating in Beth Moore’s Bible Study, Stepping Up which is based on Psalm 120-135. Her idea for participating in reading scripture is to “Say it, Work it, Pray It.” After reading scripture aloud, circle the use of God’s name, underline phrases that are particularly meaningful and put a ? by anything you don’t understand. Take note of any words that remind you of an experience in your life and jot down a word for that memory.
    “Overachievers” go to http://blueletterbible.org to study the original meanings of the words. Conclude by writing your own psalm using the concepts you learned from the one you red.

  • Randy Peck said:

    Hi Kay,

    Thank you for your wonderful encouragement. I really appreciate your desire to pray and obey God. I’m grateful that you are staying connected via the web.

    Blessings for your most fruitful year ever in 2009!

    Randy

  • Randy Peck said:

    Thank you for your message. Learning to say “No” often is vital to an intimate relationship with Jesus. If we aren’t in a hurry ourselves, someone else close to us is and they are trying to speed us up. Jesus was never in a hurry, not even one time. To be spiritually healthy, one must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from his life. Love and hurry are incompatible. Blessings, Randy

  • Randy Peck said:

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the YDB blog. You make some great points that we all can learn from. I agree completely with what you share.

    Blessings,
    Randy

  • Marcial said:

    I was reminded with things…Thanks for taking time sharing things like this…

    May God Bless you more…

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