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Friday, September 2, 2016

Obey God...Joyfully!

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Obey God by rejoicing in truly knowing Him!

                Obey is a word that some people consider an “ugly” word! I remember when I was School Counselor at an elementary school years ago, I got a phone call from an angry parent, complaining that a teacher had made her child write a paragraph about why he needed to obey the rules! She was livid that ANYBODY would make her child use that word “OBEY”! 

                I was quite puzzled why that word was so offensive until it dawned on me that this mother, herself, must have had some hurtful person in her life that made her “obey” in ways that were harmful and left bitter memories. My heart ached for her.   It’s sad that these types of things happen in our fallen world.   BUT let’s not let such things taint and tarnish our understanding of God.  When it comes to our loving Heavenly Father….He wants us to obey His commandments because He desires what it is best for us. 

            From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible has a lot to say about obedience. In the story of the Ten Commandments, we see how important the concept of obedience is to God. Deuteronomy 11:26–28 sums it up like this: "Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed."
In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience.

             Obey God and receive His joyful blessings!

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