17 MARCH 2019 OBEDIENCE BRINGS VICTORY But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; Then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries Exodus 23:22 “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”says the  hymn-writer and how appropriate that is when we recall the words of Jesus to love and obey and  He will ask the Father to give us another Helper, the Holy Spirit, (John 14:15-16) What peace and fulfillment are in store for each of us as we take the rich message of this time  honoured hymn and make it our own personal conviction. It is only by exercising godly faith and  obedience to the divine will of God that we can find true joy and victory in Christian living. We  must always be aware of the clearly defined lines between obedience and disobedience, and realize  each day that we are required to choose between happiness and unhappiness, eternal life and  eternal death.  The goal of every Christian believer is to live victoriously every day and, ultimately, to be saved in  eternity. If we are to enjoy the victory we long for, we must be obedient to God’s will. The  foundation for a life of obedience begins in homes where godly parents teach their children the  importance and the rewards of self-denial. In unity of heart and with concern for their happiness  and future spiritual success, they patiently teach the principle of submission to a higher authority.  As children in these homes mature, they come to understand the rewards of fulfilling the fifth  commandment, “Honour [obey] thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the  land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” Exodus 20:12. At our new birth in Christ we become spiritual sons and daughters in the family of God. As we  walk with Christ, we, too, will find fulfillment in obeying our heavenly Father.  As lambs in God’s fold, we have a kind and all-knowing Shepherd leading us. “My sheep hear my  voice, and I know them, and they follow me" John 10:27. This verse outlines a simple yet complete  recipe for our success. It is to know God and to be known of Him, and then to follow faithfully  where He leads. May we in faith grasp this truth. God will never leave us groping in darkness  without direction but will lead us to the light of truth. Storms of life and trying circumstances may come, causing us at times to wonder where and how  God will lead. In these times, our heavenly Father invites us to stand, like Elijah on the Mount of  God, waiting for His quiet voice to speak, giving us comfort and light for our pathway. God,  through His Holy Spirit, gives clear direction for our lives. This direction and the strength to  follow it in the Christian warfare can come in different ways. It may come in our personal  devotions, through the preaching of the Word, or by brotherly admonition and spiritual  fellowship. As we receive counsel concerning the issues of our day, may we obediently follow it.  Let us say with Joshua of old, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15.  Obedience to Christ’s leading, regardless of how it comes, should never be considered optional.   Too many Christians have become weak or have lost the way of truth entirely because of human  reasoning, the lack of personal conviction, or lack of a full commitment to God. Do we at times  find ourselves resisting and questioning the necessity of following scripture instructions? We must  resist any spirit that is critical or unwilling to follow the leading of God or like-minded brethren. If  we stand alone, we stand to lose.  Obedience must be more than a grudging compliance. Obedience that is unwilling carries little  reward. God does not demand that we fully understand the direction He gives. He only asks us to  have faith and to obey. The obedience that brings honour and glory to God springs from humble  hearts overflowing with thanks giving to the Saviour who bought their redemption. Let us, from the heart, support and promote the cause of Christ, and may the pure faith of the  Gospel be preserved in us until the end.  Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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