The Power of Obedience Will Change Your Life!

Though yesterday’s devotion was the last in Martha’s The Power of Obedience devotional series, you can continue to follow the Spirit on the issue of obedience.  True Obedience is a powerful audio series on the life-or-death role of obedience in … Continue reading

#135 The Will of God for YOU

The great adventure of your life is the will of God. But His will 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 saved from … Continue reading

#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

#133 Receive All God Wants to Give

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

#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.

#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

Where Are You Going This Year?

The following is an excerpt from Martha’s article “Going!” from the series Change of Seasons. It seemed particularly anointed for the first day of a new year. May it bless you richly! Our life is like a house. It must … Continue reading

#130 Inexplicable, 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

#129 Our Consuming Fire

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

#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

#127 Before Obedience Is an Action

Obedience 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

#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

When God’s Purpose is Your Purpose

Luke 2:29 AMPC And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word. As always, the Bible gives a short story with hidden clues to treasures of spiritual meaning. Every word … Continue reading

Enraptured with Immanuel

Luke 2:28-29 AMPC Simeon took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God and said, And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word. Simeon, who lived for … Continue reading

Recognizing the Messiah When You See Him

Luke 2:27-29 AMPC And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up … Continue reading

Divinely Revealed to Those Who Loved God’s Will

Luke 2:25-26 AMPC Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout [cautiously and carefully observing the divine Law] and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was … Continue reading

#125 An Abode within the Obedient One

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

#124 Your 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

#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

#122 The Motivation to Obey

The motivation to obey and 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. … Continue reading