I began a Bible study with a wonderful group of friends last week. It’s a new book called, Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer. In the first chapter it talks about how fear can keep us from choosing to live out the life God has predestined for us. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above- spirituality transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]” (AMP). In 1 Samuel there are two specific examples where Saul did not fully obey God, and He lost the blessings God had prepared for him (1 Samuel 13: 1-14, and 1 Samuel 15: 1-23). “Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have been foolish. You have not kept the command the Lord gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established you reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man after his own heart, and the Lord had appointed him as ruler over his people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded” (1 Samuel 13: 13-14 CSB). One of the most powerful sentences in Do It Afraid that I’ve read so far is, “Partial obedience is not faith. It is a little faith mixed with a lot of fear and self-reliance, and it doesn’t work” (p. 10).
God wants our absolute obedience, not because He wants to force us into obeying (He gives us free will), but because He has laid out the best path for us and He wants us to trust Him. Obedience displays trust. “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy’ ” (Matthew 25: 21 CSB). It brings God joy when we obey, and do so with a glad heart. God wants an abundant life for us, “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10: 10 CSB). This may not always mean a comfortable life with an abundance of wealth and happiness. It could, that could very well be what God has planned for you. But I think an abundant life is a life so full of God that you are overflowing with an abundance of spiritual blessings. In Deuteronomy chapter 30, there is a choice laid before us, and the recipe for how to achieve that abundant life. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him; for He is your life [your good life, your abundant life, your fulfillment], and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord promised (swore) to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 AMP).
I will be honest with you, I feel like I was nudged by God to begin this blog a year and a half ago and I have not been obedient with this small task. I have allowed the noise of this world to drown out His voice many times. I have allowed fear to cause me to choose to only obey partially in things and THAT is not pleasing to the Lord. Here are some things I do to try and realign myself with God’s will and what He wants for me. I try to make time everyday to read His word. I try to pray everyday, out loud, and pause to see what things come to mind, or what God lays on my heart. I try to listen, and this takes practice. I ask God to reveal things to me. I’m not perfect at this, but I want to please God, and I think He knows our hearts. The world is a very loud and noisy place right now. We must make time to seek God and quiet our lives. I also want to thank my husband for continuing to encourage me to write and listen to what God wants for me.
What do you feel God asking you to be obedient to right now? It may seem like a small thing, but don’t allow fear to stop you! Follow God’s path that was predestined for you so you can walk with Him and live an abundant life! Thank you for taking the time to read this!