Find the Seed: God’s Word
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
John 14:21 NIV
Prepare the Soil: Devotional & Prayer
As a child, did you ever wonder why mom and dad set parameters and established disciplines for you to obey? Why do I have to have a curfew? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? And why do I have to eat Grandma’s mystery meatloaf? While it might have been difficult at the time to understand these trivial guidelines parents set, you realize that they weren’t just setting rules for rules sake. They knew that if you kept in mind the things they asked of you, it would nurture character, keep you safe, and lead you in the way that would be best for you. Ultimately, they did it because they love you. And, if you’re a parent, you probably do that now. This is exactly the way our Heavenly Father loves us. He has given us His Word as instruction and wisdom, and when we choose to obey God’s Word, we’re obeying God, Himself. The reasons we choose obedience to the Word of God is so that we don’t sin against Him, we’ll know what steps to take and places to go, and we’ll have understanding.
While we do have the Word of God to follow, know that God doesn’t expect you to live an obedient life in your own strength. Truth is, we can’t. He has provided us with everything necessary to make obedience a reality. That is, Himself. The reality is that through the help of the one living inside of us, we can live without fear of anything in this world. As you continue in the beginnings of this journey of prayer, tune your heart to the things God wants to do inside of you.
Prayer: Father, I thank you for your heart for us. You have lovingly given us direction and instruction so that we will not go off the course that you’ve set for our lives. Lord, give me an attitude that desires obedience. Let my heart desperately seek your ways. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to comfort me and guide me. I pray for courage as I choose to remain obedient to your Word, so that others might see what I do and glorify You. I love you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Get Rooted: Apply it Today
What specific area(s) in your life do you need to turn away from and show God your love by choosing to walk in obedience to Him? When we choose to go our own way, we begin to distance ourselves from our Heavenly Father. Choose today to lavish God with love by becoming closer to Him through obedience.
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