“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”
Our first act of obedience is Prayer; it is an open confession of our faith and an expression of our deep love and devotion for our Heavenly Father! I found the following to be so meaningful:
Prayer is not a passive undertaking, but an aggressive engagement with God. It is a labor of love. It is toil of trust. It is a work of the Holy Spirit through holy intercessors. Indeed, prayer without spiritual perspiration lacks the intensity the Spirit requires. Pray in the face of fatigue and you will find God. Pray proactively as a servant of Jesus for those who are servants of Jesus. Pray earnestly for a friend who faces disease to be healed. Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.
This study in obedience is taking me deep into the truths of God’s Word. It is very personal and indeed a commitment that is accomplished only through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Our greatest desire is to be obedient as was Jesus, and the spirit is willing, but our flesh is so very weak. I have found in my search some very delicate and precious wisdom in a book by Andrew Murray, my favorite author, “A Life of Obedience.” I will be sharing some of this in the following devotions as I am led by the Spirit.
As my life has progressed in years the knowledge of the necessity of obedience has become more and more imperative, it is the key to the wisdom of God, and without it we will not enjoy all of our benefits as His children. I have learned that obedience is trusting His time, His place and His will! It is the starting point of true holiness.
“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
1 John 3:22