The phrase ‘obedience is better than sacrifice’ has almost become trite in Christian circles.
These words of our Lord, however highlight the significance of obedience.
It not only indicates our love for Him; but opens the way for the Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, to dwell within us.
So many cry for the Holy Spirit to come. But, so many are not willing to lay their own wills down in obedience to Our Lord.
It is necessary that we obey. In order to obey … it is necessary that we know His commands. In order to know His commands … it is necessary that we spend time in His Word.
Jesus is clear that a prerequisite for receiving the Holy Spirit is obedience.
Father, help us to rightly cry out to you from hearts that are rightly submitted to Your will and Your way. Help us to understand that we have no right to come to You for help, teaching, or power … when we live in disobedience to You. Help us to obey in all things from hearts that love You and are willing to obey!!
Saturday, December 1st!! I know that is tomorrow, but I will have completed the 6 weeks that the hospital appoints me. But today – November 30th, there’s been a blessing!!
Last weekend I had a fellowship the Saturday after Thanksgiving that was very encouraging to me. It was a time with our Ghanaian friends/family from all over Houston; that just lifted me up!
I cooked gumbo. Lloyd said it was great.
I tasted a Whataburger Jr. LOL! I liked it more than Sonic but do no understand why people would eat it regularly
And the best news is … The difficulties are not bothering me!!! Vertigo, tiredness, vocabulary, recognition of people … they are still there but I feel ABSOLUTELY blessed!
Lloyd has been pretty clear that we were going overseas in our job soon. I didn’t really believe it, but the doctor’s office called me to let me know it was necessary to ensure that I’m ready to return full time to my job. The doctors office also let me know that they have been communicating this to Lloyd which means, I’m on a plane!! We are going to France (NO! not Paris) to visit three missionaries who are learning French in preparation for their work in Africa.
I was a little scared at first, but I was reminded by my Spiritual Director, Minister Denise Foxx, to remember that I have not had a seizure in six weeks AND I haven’t had even an airplane seizure since the Lord placed me under the care of this neurological team. I believe in The Amazing Almighty God! I trust Him! Yes, I do! He has guided me and He will keep me. Y’all … pray for me!
When I return from the trip, I will be meeting with the surgeon as soon as I get off the plane … literally! He wants me to land and drive straight to the Houston Medical Center. I love the relationship I have with them, and God’s impact on them through lil’ old me! 5 days after meeting with the surgeon I have an appointment with the neurologist. It is not over yet!
I know that The One who is healing me is worthy of all praise. In fact, I know that The Almighty God has healed me of the seizures and sent me through surgery because I can let others understand the work of Our Father in medical care. I’ve had six weeks without ONE seizure! The Holy Comforter has kept me in my right mind. The Great I AM reminded me day by day that I am a child of the King who is!!
My Father, my Lord, the fullness of my joy is in Your presence! You receive my praise each and every single day! You have loved me, My Father. You have called me to be a saint and have, through Jesus Christ, given me grace and peace. I’m rejoicing today because I know, with no doubt, that you will keep me firm until the end. I know that Your hand keeping me will help me to be blameless when Jesus Christ is looking at me! My Father, you are so faithful. I am grateful beyond my own understanding that You have called me into fellowship with Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ. Traveling across the ocean is a place that You will keep me. Using me to serve people who have been called by you into missions, I know you will use me strongly for the sake of Your Kingdom. (Proverbs 3: 23 – 24; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9)
If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!
Grateful that we are alive
Grateful that we are living somewhere
Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
Grateful for our family/friends
Grateful for jobs
Grateful for something to eat
Grateful for salvation
Grateful for mercy
Grateful for grace
You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.
As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!
If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.
I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!
Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid. Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty. But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You! You are so worthy!
When we are little children, right and wrong are so very simple. Just do what our parents allow and abstain from what they prevent. Stop when they say stop and proceed when they approve. Not so simple when you grow up.
There are foundational dos and don’ts out of Exodus: no idols, no using the Lord’s name out of place, no murder, no adultery, no lying, no lies, no lusting someone’s spouse; no craving someone’s stuff; honor God as Lord, honor God above any other lesser god, honor the Lord’s day as Holy, honor your parents. And I’m sure we ALL do these with no problem at all. (SMILE!!) Well, at least I know you all do. I’ve got a bad hip from kneeling to repent so often! So very grateful for His forgiveness and His cleansing. But that’s not what I’m wanting you to think about.
What about what happens on the inside of you. If you have a personal relationship with The Lord, there is something in your life that He has asked you to do (or not to do) that is in addition to that list above. You know what I’m talking about – His will for your life. This might be giving your belongings to some person; it might be ending a romantic relationship; it might be writing a book; it might be refraining from some food; it might be moving to some foreign country to serve in missions full time; it might be accepting an illness as His assignment to teach believers how to die, etc. It could be easy and uncomfortable. It could be difficult and unimaginable. The bottom line is – you don’t want to do it!
The Holy Spirit’s conviction is strong within you and yet you don’t act in the way that you are led because of your own confusion or even your own fear. And now – you’re not feeling well, you’re worried about who you’re disappointing, etc. I want to encourage you to trust the Lord enough to act in the way that He is calling you. If you just trust Him the confusion and fear that you are facing will cease! I’m serious! The unrest, sickness, dissension, disunity, fear, duality, and sense of disloyalty to the King of Kings will cease! And let’s just be honest — you’re walking in sin when you act against what you know to be God’s will for you even if that action is not something that is against the teachings of Scripture. I’m praying for you!!
But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. Romans 14:23
I grew up in the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 4th Ward, Houston, TX. My pastor was Rev. C.W. Kimble Sr. and my Sunday school teachers were some of the most knowledgable women about the Bible you could ever imagine! (my favorite was M. E. Prescott) As I was growing up, I was taught that a preacher had “preached” when he had aroused our emotions AND said something that caused real life change/impact. We should not be bored to sleep, nor should we walk away without a changed hearts. Our Sunday school teachers told us that you could judge a sermon by whether or not a preacher made it plain to you that He knew that Jesus was The Christ; AND if he presented in a way that you could not help but confess it too.
Recently I was watching Christian television with my mother – now that she is older, she loves listening to church services. I was amazed at the number of preachers & pastors &ministers on that television from around the world that preached a gospel of man. Do you know what I mean?
A gospel of man is one that says that God favors us in such a way that nothing will ever go wrong or be difficult in our lives. Really? I was called to missionary living – my colleagues and I cannot embrace that one. A gospel of man is one that says that if you don’t have an over abundance of cash, you just aren’t trusting God enough. Really? I served God in rural West Africa and some of the most devout and committed Christ followers I know have just a bit more than nothing!
These are just two – but there are many other crazy teachings out there that don’t highlight God’s desire that we be committed completely to Him; that our lives reflect His love for all people; that our hearts have concern and care for the poor. There are many who preach that the word prophet means future teller and not justice enforcer.
I’m grateful that I grew up with a Bible teaching pastor; am currently under the shepherding of a Bible teaching pastor, and that I’ve had Bible teachers all along the way! Grateful!!
My friend, I want to assure you that the Almighty God did not create you for your own benefit and your own prosperity. I can assure you that He did not send His Holy Spirit to live in you in order for you to be able to see the future or in order that you will never ever have any difficulty in life. I can assure you that He did not send His only son in order that you could “have thine own way”!
Watch what you’re listening to. Every one that cries Lord, Lord – is not a mouthpiece of our Jehovah.
1 John 4:1 My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39