Walking In The Blessings Of Obedience

Here is the opposite of perverse. Proverbs 3:32 Amplified says, “…but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the (uncompromisingly) righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him).”

Psalm 25:14 Amplified says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.”

When our way is conformed to God’s way, we will have clear direction through our intimacy with Him. John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

All that we need to know is in His word. Our communion with Him is through His word.  Verse 4 says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

The Amplified says, “…without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine…” As vital as our breath is to living, so is our intimate communion with the Lord. Verse 5 says, “…without Me you can do nothing.”

The Lord has prepared everything we will ever walk in. Blessings, trials, adversities, good works, conversations, etc. because the list could go on. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says that our eyes have not seen, our ears have not heard, nor have we comprehended or grasped the things that He has prepared for those who love Him.

Verse 10 says that He has revealed them to us through His Holy Spirit. The Amplified says, “…for the (Holy) Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God (the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny).”

The path of obedience is strewn with grace. The condition for the promise of grace is humility. I love to picture John 1:16 in the Amplified. It says, “For out  of His fullness (abundance) we have all received (all had a share and we were all supplied with) one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift.”

No disobedience is ever worth it. We will reap whatever disobedience we sow. We never reap in the season we sow. Sometimes we may think that we got away with our sin. Numbers 32:23 says, “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Let nothing rival your time of intimate communion with the Lord. He often speaks whispered words. They are like a wisp that floats over our heart. Our flesh is noisy and blocks us from hearing clearly. As we come to Him, we need to silence our heart and wait in expectation. His Presence is our true resting place.

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