Obedience, Peace, LIVE!

2018-08-10 09.06.23

…I said to you, “Live!” Ezekiel 16:6

I often want peace to flood my soul before I step out in faith, before I am obedient. However I think peace often follows AFTER the step out in faith and obedience to God’s call. See Mark 1:10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. It wasn’t until Jesus was faithful in baptism symbolizing His faithful commitment to the plan of the cross that He saw and heard from heaven “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (vs. 11) Then in Matthew 4:11 it says, Then the devil left him, and the angels came and attended him. The angles came AFTER Jesus withstood faithfully the severe temptation in the desert.

We always have His love, but I believe His peace often follows obedience.

Jesus knows if anyone knows, that obedience is not always easy. However Ezekiel 11:19 says that He is able to give us an undivided heart and and new spirit within us. He can remove my stubborn, scarred, doubtful heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh! I can pray for ever increasing trust in Him and that He conform my desires and will to His.

1 Peter 1:19, 2:19 and 4:19 all speak encouragement when His will seems difficult. 4:19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 2:19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. Conscious of God… 1:19 because it was His precious blood that He willingly shed in place of ours. Why? Because He desperately wants us all to LIVE!

Ezekiel 16:6, 18:23,32, 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 all speak to His deep desire for no man to perish but to live! He knows this world is not easy. Read about the widow in 1 Kings 17. Outstanding lady yet she meets with disaster after disaster yet God is always with her and He promises to never leave us either. “God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are not judges at all of were that is.” -Oswald Chambers

Will we trust Him? Will we be willing to step out or stay put in faithful obedience to what He has called us to do even if we feel no peace about it? We know we always have His love, He is faithful and will never leave us; and so often the peace we are so desperate for, FOLLOWS our faithful obedience to the One who calls us to truly LIVE!

Independent Read: Philippians 4:6-7, John 3:16

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