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Obedience requires that we . . . not lean on your own understanding”

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Obedience requires that we . . . not lean on your own understanding” Meditate upon God’s Word. Since the Bible is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, we need to carefully consider what it says so we won’t stumble or lose our way in life (Ps. 119:105). Meditation includes reading the Word, thinking about it, and asking God questions regarding its meaning and application. The world constantly bombards us with messages designed to lead us astray, but when we make the Scriptures a vital part of each day, our hearts and minds are protected and tuned in to the Lord so we can discern His guidance. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. God has given us the awesome gift of His Spirit who lives within us. He’s the one who convicted us of sin and opened our hearts to accept Jesus’ wonderful offer of salvation. Now one of His jobs is to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). When we read the Scriptures, He helps us interpret it. Then throughout the day, He reminds us of those truths or convicts us if we sin. No one can live the Christian life without Him. Only as we listen to the Spirit will we become Christ-like and accomplish what God desires. Be sensitive to God’s timing. Whatever the Lord tells us to do is to be done according to His time schedule not ours. Isaiah 64:4 says that the Lord acts in behalf of those who wait for Him. If we’re consistently listening to God through His Word and His Spirit, over a period of time, He will train us to discern not only what He’s saying, but when He wants us to act. Since God is omniscient, He knows the perfect timing for every situation. If we get ahead of Him or lag behind, we’ll miss what He had in mind. To help us, He’s given us an internal timer in the person of the Holy Spirit. When we’re sensitive to His voice, He shows us when to move ahead. Walk where the way is not always clear. Obedience would be much easier if we knew exactly where we’re going, but sometimes God calls us to step out in faith when the way is not clear. When doubts arise, we should remember that the sovereign God of the universe gave us the assignment. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to trust in Him and not in our own limited understanding. If He chose the path, He will reveal the way as we move forward in obedience. Follow God’s instruction even if it seems unreasonable. The Lord might ask us to do something which seems illogical or beyond our ability. Even if we feel unqualified, afraid, and resistant, instead of making excuses or denying that God could have possibly said that, we should be like Joshua. When the Lord told him to conquer Jericho by marching around it seven times, he must have thought it was the strangest battle plan ever devised. But God knew exactly what He was doing and secured the victory through Joshua’s trusting obedience. We can never put the Lord in a box by confining Him to what seems reasonable to us. Have courage. When God called Joshua to accomplish the gigantic task of leading the Israelites, He told him, “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (v. 1:9). And the same is true for us today. Courage is essential for obedience in the Christian life. If we’re afraid of the challenges God places before us, we need to keep listening to Him and move ahead believing that He will be with us every step of the way. Accept conflict. Sometimes obedience to the Lord results in conflict with others. This is what happened to Peter and the apostles when they were preaching about Jesus in Jerusalem. When they were confronted by the Council, they replied, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). If we stop doing what God says every time someone objects, we’ll never fulfill His will. Be willing to be corrected by God. There may be times when the Lord alters our course. During Paul’s second missionary journey, he was redirected several times until he finally perceived where God wanted him to go (Acts. 16:6-10). We should always hold our plans loosely so the Holy Spirit has our cooperation when He wants to change them. Our responsibility is to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. Since the Lord has promised to guide us, we have nothing to fear if we’re following His leadership. He is sovereign over everything and controls all the consequences. There is nothing He cannot handle or will not

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1 Sarah R = "Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.""
2 Sarah R = "Nowadays these messages are coming even from other Christians and churches. So many have been led astray that if we really want to follow God whole-heartedly we need to check everything we hear by God's Word. God does not change, and His Word lasts forever. Therefore we can trust that what God says in His Word is true and right and that He wants us to follow it."
3 Sarah R = "If we read the Bible like it is just an ordinary book, and we don't have the Holy Spirit within us, it will seem like a bunch of nice stories, with no real life-changing significance. This is why people can study the Bible and yet not become Christians, because they approach it like a literary text. If, however, we come to the Bible with an openness to hear from God, if we recognize it as a Holy, spiritual book, God's Spirit can work within us, opening our eyes to the truth it contains."
4 Peter Hovis = "https://youtu.be/olMBNhzZ5s8"
5 Peter Hovis = "Our responsibility is to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. Since the Lord has promised to guide us, we have nothing to fear if we’re following His leadership. He is sovereign over everything and controls all the consequences. There is nothing He cannot handle or will not provide for us if we’ll listen, trust, and obey Him. "