Devotionals


#98 A Story of Obedience, Part 1


Years ago I learned, in a very dramatic way, that my God wants me not only to do His will but to delight in it. I was teaching on prayer in a large church over the course of a weekend. … Continue reading

#97 I Love Thy Commands Above Solid Gold


Who of us can say this? …I love Thy commands above all things, above solid gold. Psalm 119:127 James Moffatt translation

#96 God’s Commands Are a Treasure


The Psalmist wrote of God’s will…but not as some grim obligation. God’s law, His word, and His commands were a delight, a treasure, and a joy to him. Your testimonies have I kept [hearing, receiving, loving and obeying them]; I … Continue reading

Day of Thanks for EVERYTHING


…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV I can easily thank God for His benefits, for things I like and gifts I approve. For people who bless … Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Jesus Christ


…that mystic secret of God (which is) Christ (the Anointed One). In Him all the treasures of divine wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and (all the riches of spiritual) knowledge and enlightenment are stored up … Continue reading

#95 God Treasures Our Obedience


God revealed to Abram His will. He gave him four imperatives: leave your country, leave your relatives, leave your father’s house, and go to a land I will show you (Genesis 12:1). Abram obeyed only in part. He left his … Continue reading

#94 Far-reaching Consequences


Abraham obeyed. And he disobeyed. His obedience brought blessing to all nations. His disobedience wreaked havoc on the entire history of man (Ishmael). God would have us see that there are far-reaching consequences to everything we do…or DON’T do. We … Continue reading

#93 God Is Involved with Us


The story of Abraham is a personal story, one man walking with God. It’s a very human story, revealing frail humanity and unveiling an intimate God, Who is involved! Utterly and constantly involved WITH us, and responding TO us—that’s our amazing … Continue reading

#92 God Responds to Obedience


It is staggering to realize that the Scripture clearly indicates that God responds to obedience and…to disobedience. God responds to us! What we choose and what we do evokes His heart—one way or the other. Our choices move God! Our decisions … Continue reading

#91 Solve Greed by Wanting God More


Abraham refused to take the rich spoil of war with heathen kings. Why? Not because it was wrong but because he’d made a promise: “I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most High God, the possessor of … Continue reading

#90 The Reason for Obedience


The reason for obedience is Christ. The power of obedience is Christ. The reward of obedience is Christ!

#89 Discard Your Old Unrenewed Self


Following God, you first meet the true identity of your “old unrenewed self” and see him/her as God does. And you slowly come to agree with the Father’s assessment: hopeless. Nothing good there. Never will be. Only then will you, … Continue reading

#88 A Lovely Awakening of YOU


Obedience is a call to do what God likes instead of what I like, but in that severe call is His lovely awakening of YOU – the “you” that God dreamed and created. And when you collide with His idea … Continue reading

#87 Your Identity within Obedience


Obedience is the path to God but it is also the way to YOU—to your identity and your destiny.

#86 Radical Surrender, Spiritual Greatness


“I have been before God: and have given myself, all that I am and have to God, so that I am not in any respect my own. I can claim no right in myself, no right in this understanding, this … Continue reading

#85 The Hidden Springs of the Will


Obedience flows up into life from the hidden springs of the will. There is no other source of obedience. No sense of duty, or goodness, or desire is a valid motive for obedience. Only surrender to the will of the … Continue reading

#84 The Hidden Element of Human Freedom


The will is the hidden element of human freedom and holds the choice of rebellion or submission. Heaven or hell. Life or death.

#83 Total Surrender of My Will


There can be no obedience without a first, total surrender of my will to God…a surrender to His will. Then comes the continuous discovery of new points at which to surrender my will, places where I have a secret sign … Continue reading

#82 Infused with the Power to Perform


Hearing God’s personal voice is your power, your victory, your energy! To capture His voice is to be infused with the power to PERFORM the very thing He speaks.

#81 What Is Spiritual Failure?


Israel failed to follow God, to stay with Him. Israel’s failure is stated as the refusal to hear His voice. Spiritual failure is failure to listen. Hearing and obedience are one. Hearing without obedience to what is heard, is to … Continue reading