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Obeying God’s Will

Mark is an ordained minister, treading the tumultuous waves of a developing writing career, daring to dream a new dream.

Comet learning tricks from my daughter

Comet learning tricks from my daughter

When I looked up the word “obedience” in search of a suitable photograph, the connection with a dog obeying its master out of affection and training was profound. The word “will” however, was more closely associated with strength of character when making tough decisions.

While no one reading this article would compare themselves to a dog, the comparison is sound. And from an eternal cosmic point of view, a dog is perhaps smarter for learning to listen and obey its master. So, how does one shake off the feelings of canine degradation and learn to become more obedient to God’s will?

Within this article there are five specific topics with associated Bible verses to begin your faith journey. Maybe your seeking assurance, guidance, fixing bad habits, or realigning the compass. For whatever reason, I truly hope this devotional helps you in that journey.

1) Blessing and Cursing

Deuteronomy 11:26, 30:15

Joshua 24, Judges 2

1 Samuel 15:22-23

The covenant relationship seems one-sided. It sounds like God is number one and this is correct. But we play a powerful and important part in God’s eternal plan. The blessings that God gives us to is based on faithful obedience. This is hard because we want immediate results. Yet, the covenant doesn’t work when only one gives and only one takes. The law was the foundation of what God’s will is for our lives.

2) Developing a Mindset

Romans 12:1–2

Ephesians 5:10-17

1 John 1:5-10; 2:15-17

The trouble with discerning God’s will is that we aren’t always in God’s will. The more that we are in God’s presence, the more we understanding what God is thinking. Abraham, Moses, and David understood what God was thinking because they were in God’s presence. Did they find it easy to be obedient to God’s will? Of course not, but they trusted God enough to believe God knew what, when, where, and why of His plan.

3) Increasing Our Faith

John 3:30

1 Corinthians 10:13

Hebrews 11:1

James 4:7-8a

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The determination to follow God’s will with our lives will always take more of God than of us. The strength of our determination to sense and obey God’s will is always based on our proximity to God. The angels don’t have the strength to carry out even the simplest task without God. Even the thing most enjoyable for us do takes effort. Even the Son of God, who has always been within the will of God, knew contending with the devil was deadly.

4) Following Faithfully

1 John 4:1-3

2 Peter 1:16-21

Hebrews 12:1

Job 42

There are many ancient precedents for hearing, understanding, and following God’s will. The scriptures, Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts, as well as past and current testimonies of believers. The practices and disciplines of the believer in worship, prayer, service, giving, and fellowship are the tools we use to follow God’s will. While the path to God is narrow and winding, the means and methods for following God’s will are straight and broad.

5) Discernible Will for You

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Jonah 1:1

Amos 1:1, 7:14-15

Luke 4:43, 7:30

Acts 4:27-31

Romans 8:28

The specific tasks accomplished by the believer aren’t the total of God’s will. God’s will is a not a finite accomplishment but an eternal journey. An individual believer will never see God’s will fully revealed in a lifetime. We still speak and talk about the deeds of Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, and Timothy’s grandmother Lois. The question to ask ourselves is, if the Bible were still being written today, would you be mentioned?

Final Questions

1) Why do we obey God?

2) Why do we disobey God?

3) How can we know what God wants us to do?

4) Does God ever ask us to do more than we are able?

5) Does your life show that God has first place?

This final set of questions is a personal inventory of your obedient will. Ask yourself these questions. As you ask and seek to answer them, other questions will emerge. Just as we don’t always obey God or His will, we don’t always understand God. That is okay. We are not on this spiritual journey to understand God instantly. Our technology and economic culture have spoiled us in that area. To understand God and His will requires a marinate mentality. We must soak up everything we can know about God and then soak in Him. God’s word and his presence must penetrate our soul. The more we tune ourselves into God, the more we’ll strive to obey our Lord. There will be no doubt where our heart lies, nor any doubt about what it means to obey God.

snail climbing over a crack in a rocks

snail climbing over a crack in a rocks

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Mark Lewis

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