Devotional Series : The Power of Obedience


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#135 The Will of God for YOU


The great adventure of your life is the will of God. But the will of God is also our dread and suspicion. We don’t naturally come with that delight in His will. Yet in Christ we have been sanctified and … Continue reading

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#134 Surrender Without Resistance


When you surrender your heart to be broken by God, without resistance (as Abraham with Isaac), you receive God’s strange and outlandish provision. HE provides for HIMSELF the “ram in the thicket.” That is Resurrection, something miraculous and beyond the wildest human … Continue reading

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#133 Receive All


Surrender is not just to obey willingly, it is to receive… Surrender is not only to let God do what He wants, but to be in a place where you receive all He wants to give!

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#132 What Delights God?


Obedience is consent of the will. “I will do your will, Lord, even if I don’t want to.” This satisfies God. Surrender is agreement of the heart. “Whatever pleases You, Lord, pleases me.” This delights God.

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#131 Surrender Brings Bliss


Surrender, constant and constantly chosen, brings a bliss, the very ecstasy of the Lord, whose delight in the will of God is not a mild, passive yielding. Jesus’ delight is exuberant and mystical. We labor so heavy handed. But He … Continue reading

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#130 Peculiar Joy


In some of the most terrible situations I have known, I have been filled with a peculiar joy, unnatural and inexplicable, and not possible humanly. It is Christ’s own joy in the will of God, Jesus living within me and … Continue reading

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#129 Our Consuming God


Our Abba God is not staid and grim, nor is He emotionless. The Bible presents a God who is vehement, intense, ardent, consuming! He is filled with passion and compassion. “Our God is a consuming fire.” And He wants His … Continue reading

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#128 Surrender Before Obedience


Surrender happens long before obedience appears. Surrender is the result of God’s wooing, capturing love…and the crucial issue of our response to let Him love us. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting … Continue reading

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#127 Before Obedience


This is not a 1-2-3 method. It is a move of the Spirit toward us, on us and – as we receive Him – within us. It happens instinctively, most of the time without the recognition that it is GOD. … Continue reading

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#126 Desire for His Agenda


Obedience does not happen from nowhere. Before obedience there is the desire for God’s will, which amazingly comes from God Himself. Without desire for His agenda, there is no surrender. God sovereignly moves circumstances, hearts, thoughts, impressions and…pressures to bring … Continue reading

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#125 An Obedient Abode


Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, He will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. John 14:23 … Continue reading

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#124 Beloved Companion


Love obeys and evokes the presence of the Father’s love. The obedient can experience the Love of Christ. But the third reward of obedience is: I (too) will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to Him. [I will … Continue reading

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#123 The Absence of Love


You only surrender your heart to Who loves you. You only love Who loves you. All human loves will fail you or leave you. God’s love is the only Love. We test by words. We judge by deeds. But for … Continue reading

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#122 The Motivation to Obey


The motivation to obey, the power to surrender, is the love of God. And He will give that love freely to all who ‘feel’ unloved and want to love and BE loved. Love is the meaning of our existence. Love … Continue reading

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#121 And I Will Love Them


The second reward of the surrender of obedience came next. Those who accept My commandments and obey them, are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them… John … Continue reading

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#120 Four Rewards


I discovered in my Bible the FOUR rewards for obedience, and it made me so desire to obey. The first is John 14:21 (NASB): He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he … Continue reading

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#119 Simple Contract


I had no teacher in the beginning of my Love-walk with the Lord, only the Bible. But I instinctively knew that to have Him meant obedience. I believe that light is in everyone. So I agreed to obey in this … Continue reading

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#118 A Surrender of Love


Here is a startling illustration of surrender. Abraham had his long-awaited gift of a son, born of promise and miracle, his one hope for the fulfillment of his fatherhood – descendants as countless as the stars! We can’t imagine his … Continue reading

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#117 A Deeper Level of Obedience


Now I want to turn to a word that is under and behind obedience. Just for the sake of this writing, let’s say obedience is the bowing of the will to God. “I will obey Your will by the power … Continue reading

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#116 Obedience is Alive


Obedience is born of Love. Obedience is alive by being loved, in discovering that God knows and loves a small me. Simply put, obedience is love and love is obedience. Anything else is legalism and not obedience.