Abiding Assistance

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!!

Sacrifice of Praise

Christ has offered the greatest sacrifice that could ever be offered … His life! And what does God require of us? Acknowledgement of the gift through prayer, praise, and adoration to God alone. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Truth is that our hearts often turn in worship toward many other things – much like our Old Testament brothers. Material things, the world’s success, etc.

If you want to give the sacrifice of praise, you can’t wait until you get to church – you have to do it every day from your heart! Give God praise in the name of Jesus as you work in your office; as you wash your car; as you care for the children; as you drive … all day!!

He deserves it!