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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: Obedience within
By Mary Alice Bowles
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7:50 a.m : Monday morning,
January 31, 2005
I opened up my kitchen blind watching the sun explode into blue shades of Indiana sky, walking and sipping my first cup of morning nectar. It’s a brand new morning, and my world has opened in a ? Oh Lord, help me, “can I write about that subject”? You know, that one that I’ve heard all my life, Obedience!
I learned obedience at a very young age,
I grew up in the deep deep woods of Eastern Kentucky, a place I love dearly, But I call it the Bible quoting capitol of the world. Now don’t get me wrong, I love scripture, and I love the Bible, but my momma had a scripture for everything. I heard this one at a very young age, children, Obey your parents so your days will be long upon the earth! She said, “In my opinion that’s the reason your dad died at the early age of 33". And believe me if that doesn’t put the power of the wrath of God in her children. I don’t know what else would!
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"-- which is the first commandment with a promise-- "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (NIV)
My momma did not chew gum, My momma did not wear pearls, my momma did not cut her hair. My momma did not wear pants, just skirts and pretty tops and dresses.
My momma had never tasted a beverage soft drink in her whole life and she lived to be 81 years old. My daughter, her grand daughter let her accidentally taste a sprite on her death bed and then she panicked. “Oh well that’s another story”.
I did obey her though, and my life has been blessed and greater because of it all! I owe the way I am to Jesus and Momma! Her main purpose in life was to teach me about God, and she did.
10:23 a.m. Monday Morning
Many thoughts have run through my head since early morning, I’m home from work sick today and I have extra time to recap on this weeks challenge word.
I’m sure you have read this one before, “Women, obey your husbands”!
Oh no here we go again with the obey thing!
Eph 5:24 KJV) Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. So the word does says for us to obey our husbands, we cannot make it anything else. The church is supposed to obey God by doing what he said, so are we wives to obey our husbands "in everything."
So today I will ask myself?
Have I been faithful to what Christ wants to see in me? Have I obeyed his voice? Have I been a good and faithful servant? When I stand at the judgement seat of God, will I hear him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant", or will I hear him say, “depart from me, I never knew you”!
Oh God Bless me that I may obey your voice, let me be silent and listen, slow me down Oh Lord that I might learn of you. In the quietness of the night, let me awake and hear the tiny whispers that come from heavens throne, better yet, let me hear your voice in the clatter and hustle of the intersections on Life’s highway. My Life belongs to you Oh Lord, take me, and renew my spirit into hearing what you say that I may obey!
8:30 P.M. Monday Night
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
This is my utmost conclusion: We must obey God in all things. If we first get born again and keep the 10 commandments, how can we not obey him? If your obedience to God is fulfilled, then your obedience to all other things good will fall into place.
Good man or woman
Good husband or wife
Good father or mother
If I am obedient to God then surely
Goodness and mercy shall follow me around and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen
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