Posts Tagged ‘obedience’

                                                                                                                                                   Story of the day:  Type Freedom License

Christen will be getting her license soon and I began thinking about driving licenses and the freedom that comes from driving.  Jeff and I have been gearing up and preparing ourselves for the time that she will hit the open road.  I will be sure to let all of you when that day arrives so that you can stay home. All kidding aside, Christen is excited to take on this responsibility, a responsibility which does carry freedom.

Do you remember when you first got your license?  There was sense of freedom that came with that little piece of laminated paper.  Though freedom exists with the license, it requires some obedience on the driver’s behalf.  The word freedom in driving doesn’t mean that we have the freedom to drive as fast as we want or to run red lights.  It means that we have the freedom to be obedient with a vehicle that is in our possession.

Just as I don’t expect Christen to get into a car and run red lights or stop signs, I don’t expect my freedom in living to mean that I get to do whatever it is that I want to do.  “In fact many people think that freedom is the license to do whatever they want, but in actuality, true freedom is the ability to do what is right, even when no one else is looking.  It takes obedience in order to have true freedom.” (Michael Green)

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“To be truly free, we must have the power and ability to be obedient.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 2:16 (The Message)

“Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for freedom.  Help me Father, each and every day, to listen to Your words and to be obedient to Your call.  Let my heart be open to all the love, joy, and grace that comes from freedom.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen



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Story of the day:  Obedience leads to life

     Jeff and I have been waiting to hear from the military about our upcoming move.  As badly as we would love to go to San Antonio and have been praying to get there this summer, there may be a chance that we may not get it.  I have gone over this many times in my head and my little mind can’t grasp or understand sometimes the plans that God has for us.  I have faith that we will get there someday and I know that we will have a church there, but God’s timing is everything.  He goes before us and sees things that we can’t and knows the things that we need in order to do what He is asking of us.

    As I try to hear God’s voice in this matter, my heart is torn, because as much as I desire to be in San Antonio, God’s needs come first and to be obedient to His calling is so much more important than trying to do things on my own.  And even still,  I look at my kiddos and their longing to want to be in one area longer than 2 years still weighs heavy on me.  I pray to God for peace in helping me and them understand what God is asking of our family and that we can see the bigger picture for I know that what He has in store is so much better!  I know that my obedience to God will far outweigh my performance in anything that I try to accomplish on my own. 

     I was reading an article in Discipleship Journal written by Susan Maycinik and her take on Obedience hit home.  She says:  The line between obedience and performance can be a blurry one.  Yet it is an important distinction to grasp, because obedience leads to life, and performance to death…

     Obedience is seeking God with your whole heart.  Performance is having quiet time because you’ll feel guilty if you don’t.

    Obedience is finding ways to let the Word of God dwell in you richly.  Performance is quickly scanning a passage so you can check it off your Bible reading plan.

     Obedience is inviting guests to your home for dinner.  Performance is feeling anxious about whether every detail of the meal will be perfect.

     Obedience is following God’s prompting to start a small group.   Performance is reluctance to let anyone else lead the group because they might not do as well as you would.

     Obedience is doing your best.  Performance is wanting to be your best.

     Obedience is saying yes to whatever God asks of you.  Performance is saying yes to whatever people ask of you.

     Obedience is following the promptings of  God’s Spirit.  Performance is following a list of man-made requirements.

     Obedience springs from fear of God.  Performance springs from fear of failure.

    As Jeff and I sit and wait patiently on God for the next journey that He has planned for us, I am resting in His promise that his yoke is easy, and his burden light, and no matter where we go, He will use us for His purpose, if we are obedient to what He is asking of us.

Quote of the day:  Peter Bulkeley

“If God be God over us, we must yield Him universal obedience in all things.  He must not be over us in one thing, and under us in another, but He must be over us in everything.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 5:3

“For this is the  love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As much as I desire to be in San Antonio this year, Father, I know that You see things that we don’t.  You know what’s best for your Kingdom and our family.  Father, I will be obedient to what You are asking of me and I will follow with an open heart, mind, and soul.  I have total trust and faith in You to take care of my family and I won’t be disappointed with whatever decision You think is best for us.  Thank You for watching over us and for caring for us enough to lead us down Your path, and wherever You take us, that is where Your church will be.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  It’s our one year anniversary!!!

     God is so amazing!!  Quote of the day started out by being obedient to God, and God has been so faithful in providing every single day.  I remember in 2007 when God had placed the desire for me to write in my heart.  I struggled with the idea, since I wasn’t a writer at the time.  I continued to be obedient in writing daily for the few e-mail addresses that I had at the time, and in February of 2007 God had given me the vision of a website.  Kind of funny, because computers was my second weakness.  I didn’t take too many classes in school, I think I did the minimum required, but God always provides the tools needed to carry out His plan.  I shared with Jeff the vision that God had given me and I remember him clearly saying “yeah Christy, God hasn’t shared that with me yet:)”  On September 7, 2007, that’s the time I remember so vividly hearing God say this to me, “It’s time for you to launch Quote of the day via the website”.  I went to Jeff and before I could tell him, he already knew, I didn’t even have to say anything and he confirmed what God had shared with me back in February.  I prayed to God and asked what next?  God then placed a person named Mo on my mind and told me to call him.  Mo simply directed me to a site where Quote of the day was birthed.  On September 10, 2007, Quote of the day was launched via the website and God has been faithful every single bit of the way! 

     I can honestly say that with prayer, seeking God, and total obedience, viewers began with about 1,000 per month on the average and in one year God doubled that number to 2,000 per month, not to mention the regular e-mails that are sent out and now on two myspace accounts.  Quote of the day has reached many places across the globe and prayerfully many have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, all for the Glory of God.  I get so excited seeing all that God is doing and being a part of it, used as His vessel, which continues to light me on fire every single day.  

     As God begins to propel us into the phase of this ministry, which is the start of His new church, He already has begun the process, by planting the vision and putting the right people in our path at the right times.  I don’t know how everything is going to come about, but I do know that God shared with me that the church will be open in 2009.  I, just like the last time when He planted the vision of Quote of the day in my heart, can’t begin to understand how and when it’s going to happen, I just know that it is and until it happens, I will remain faithful and obedient to God in this next journey.  Thank you to all who have supported this ministry!

Quote of the day: Michael P. Greene 

“The desert is seemingly void of all life, but given a little rainfall, life springs into existence and beauty.  Life is there, but it is dormant.  Unbelief is like that.  It is the desert of ones being.  But the potential for life is there and needs only to be watered by faith to spring into existence and beauty.”

Bible verse of the dayHebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being so faithful in what You promise.  Father, Quote of the day started as a vision that You gave me.  I didn’t know what I was doing, I just knew that You planted that desire deep within my soul and now that vision has come to pass and is used for Your Glory to reach many people.  Father, I can’t even begin to understand how You do things, I just know that it always gets done and it gets done in a way that continually amazes me.  Father, my passion in life to serve others, has become so great.  My heart continues to grow daily for people and I thank You for that , for that was an answered prayer.  Father, I pray for protection over my family as I know Satan doesn’t like this one bit and wishes to only destroy that which is good.  I pray for my family to be a beacon of light to those that don’t know You, that they too can have a personal relationship with You.   I pray to be used as Your vessel spreading the Truth and sharing with others all that You have done for me.  I thank You for this website, for our future church, and for my life! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

Story of the day:  Great Commission

     Jeff and I have been reading a great book entitled Share Jesus Without Fear, written by William Fay.  In this book, the author sets up a game plan for those that may run into situations on how to deal with evangelism.  The following excerpt is from the book and I believe the author does a great job in illustrating the need for evangelism.  He writes:  “God has called each of us to share our faith, in obedience.  He has called each of us to evangelize.  If one of your excuses for not sharing your faith is, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism,” then you need to examine Scripture.  You will find the command of the Great Commission:  to evangelize, to encourage evangelism, and to urge evangelism.” 

     He goes on further to say, “I like to explain it this way:  I don’t have the overt gift of giving; it’s not a supernatural gift God has given me.  Yet I’m required to give.  I don’t have the supernatural gift of mercy.  Yet I’m required to be merciful.  In my role as a volunteer police chaplain, it is sometimes my job to hold a mother whose child has died of SIDS.  Sometimes I find myself on a murder scene, where I try to comfort the survivors of a horrible tragedy.  And even though I hate to visit hospitals, my work takes me there to bedsides where I hold the hand of assault victims.  And because I am not naturally merciful, I have to depend on God to supernaturally release His mercy through me.

     We must all evangelize through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The apostle Paul wrote, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).  This means that God has given us the strength to share our faith, despite our lack of gifts, talents, and abilities.  For Paul said in Ephesians 1:18-20, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know… his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.

     This means we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living in us, so we lack nothing to get the job done.

     As an evangelist, I must tell you that just because evangelism might be difficult for you, you do not have an excuse to ignore it.  When you are obedient in sharing your faith, you are giving God an opportunity to work through you, perhaps even despite you.  Jesus told us, “Go!”  This was not an option; it was a command!

Quote of the day:  William Fay

“Here is a man, giving his all with what little physical and mental abilities he has left, to share a lie.  Yet too many Christians sit back, too afraid to share the truth.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 28:19

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have commanded each of us to Go.  I pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit, that I will listen to when You say to Go.  Father, obedience is so important.  Father, I have faith in You that You will equip me with what needs to be said and that is so much greater than anything I can come up with in the flesh.  Father, I pray to not become focused on being rejected, but that I stay committed to following Your command.  Father, I pray that my flesh is not weak and that I will be obedient to what You are asking of me.  I know that with You all things are possible and because of Your command, I have “no excuses to ignore it”  I thank You for today!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen