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God Smiles When We Obey

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Today I am reading day 322 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

God Smiles When We Obey

Psalms 119:33 Teach me your decrees, O Lord ; I will keep them to the end.

Psalms 100:2 Worship the L ord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.

James 2:24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

John 14:15 “If you love me, obey my commandments.

God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.

God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding.

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. “I’ll attend church but I won’t tithe.’ “I’ll read my Bible but won’t forgive the person who hurt me.’

Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully, with enthusiasm. The Bible says, “Obey him gladly.” (Psalm 100:2 LB)

This is the attitude of David: “Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.” (Psalm 119:33 LB)

James, speaking to Christians, said, “We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe.” (James 2:24 CEV)

God’s Word is clear that you can’t earn your salvation. It comes only by grace, not your effort. But as a child of God you can bring pleasure to your heavenly Father through obedience. Any act of obedience is also an act of worship.

Why is obedience so pleasing to God? Because it proves you really love him. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” (John 14:15 TEV)

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Don’t Wait to Obey God

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Today I am reading day 321 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Don’t Wait to Obey God

Psalms119:60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

1John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

There is a refreshing immediacy to Joseph’s relationship with God. When God said it, Joseph did it.

If you believe God loves you, and you want to live a life of obedience in response to his love, then this is how you should respond: When God says it, then do it.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of great men and women of faith from around the world. They’re all different from each other, but they all have one thing in common. When they sense God saying to do something, they don’t hesitate. They step out and do it.

First John 5:3 says, “This is love for God, to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.” (NIV) I was talking recently with Tom Holladay, my brother-in-law, about why, when God asks you to do something, it sometimes feels like a burden. What’s wrong?

We decided it’s often because of procrastination. When we don’t act right away, it becomes harder to do the longer we wait. But when we do what God says, freedom comes into our lives.

What is God calling you to do? Is it a phone call you need to make? An action you need to take? Whatever it is, write it down right now, tell God you’re willing to do it, and ask him to give you the strength you need to make it happen.

Biblical Obedience: Love + Trust + Action

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Today I am reading day 320 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Biblical Obedience: Love + Trust + Action

John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.

Today, the word obey has a negative connotation. We view obedience as a forced, unwilling decision to do something we don’t want to do because we’re afraid of punishment.

But that’s not the kind of obedience that’s in God’s Word. Obedience in the Bible means this: love + trust + action.

It starts with love, as Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (NIV) Obedience comes from knowing that God loves you and you love him in return.

A lot of people think obedience is about fearing God, but God wants us to see obedience to him as a relationship of love. And out of love comes trust. If you trust what God is saying to you, and you believe that he loves you, then that will lead to action.

You need to have all three because action without love is just rote religion. And love without action is just mere talk.

God Smiles When We Obey

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Today I am reading day 210 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

God Smiles When We Obey

If God asked you to build a giant boat, don’t you think you might have a few questions, objections, and reservations? Noah didn’t. He obeyed God wholeheartedly and built a huge boat when the world had never seen rain.

Obedience means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. We make a list of the commands we like and obey those while ignoring the ones we think are unreasonable, difficult, expensive, or unpopular. “I’ll attend church but I won’t tithe.’ “I’ll read my Bible but I won’t forgive the person who hurt me.’ Yet partial obedience is disobedience.

Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully with enthusiasm. The Bible says, “Obey him gladly.” (Psalm 100:2 LB) This is the attitude of David: “Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.” (Psalm 119:33 LB)

James, speaking to Christians, said, “We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe.” (James 2:24 CEV) God’s Word is clear that you can’t earn your salvation. It comes only by grace, not your effort. But as a child of God you can bring pleasure to your heavenly Father through obedience.

Shortcuts Are Short-sighted

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Today I am reading day 160 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Shortcuts Are Short-sighted

Genesis 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

One of the pitfalls you will face as you chase your dreams is the temptation to take shortcuts.

You’ll be tempted to cut corners as you run toward your goals, but these shortcuts will only get you off track. These may be moral shortcuts, ethical shortcuts, spiritual shortcuts, financial shortcuts, or even relational shortcuts.

Shortcuts are always short-sighted. They distract you from getting where you need to go and from what God wants you to do in your life.

When we look at the life of Noah, we see he doesn’t try to cut corners. Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Noah could have said, “Lord, do we really need all of these animals? You know, why don’t we just leave half the species here. The Sierra club will never know; Green Peace isn’t around. We can just call the ones we leave extinct animals.’

But the Bible says, Noah did everything just as God commanded him. To reach the dreams God gives you, you must do things exactly as God tells you to do them.

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