Obedience to God

There are times in our Christian walk when God asks us to do something that puts fear into us.  We immediately resist his commands and try to sway God on why we do not think it is a good idea.   We make up excuses and tell God this is an impossible task.  We convince ourselves that there is no way we can accomplish what He is asking of us.  We try to bargain with God to let us off the hook and go about our business.  We can try every excuse in the book, but God will not let us miss an opportunity to grow in our faith.

Fear tells us that we cannot do something because of past hurts or the unknown.  We do not want to tread unfamiliar territory.  We want to stay comfortable and know our surroundings.  Being comfortable is okay for a season, but there comes a time when God asks us to be uncomfortable.  He sees us squirming in our seat and filled with doubt. He is a compassionate God who understands our fear and hesitation.

But, God is a Father figure in everyone’s lives, and every parent must push their children out of comfort into the unknown.  If they don’t, their children will never experience new things and be well rounded.  These experiences develop and shape us for who we are today.  We grow as an individual and spiritually when we embrace something new and use it as an opportunity.  We grow in Christ when we step out of our comfort zone and walk in faith.

This week, God is asking me to take a step of faith and be obedient to His Word.  I have asked God, “why this” and was trying to persuade Him on why this was a bad idea.  Let’s just say, I did not sway God to change His mind.  Instead, I started asking for the courage to step in faith in this matter.  I asked God to increase my faith so I can be obedient to Him.  My prayers shifted when I realized God is not taking no for an answer.

Sometimes we do not know why God asks us to do something.  That is where faith comes in and gives us the courage to obey Him, no matter His request.  If God is asking, He will give us the courage to take a step of faith and walk into the unknown.  He will provide for our needs and concerns as they come.  We are not alone in this journey.  He is in front of us preparing the way.  All He asks of us is to be obedient when He says, “go”.

Maybe God is asking you to do something that you are fearful of.  It makes you uncomfortable to even think about it.  I encourage you to be in prayer and always seek God for courage to do the impossible.  Remember, what we think is impossible is possible with God.

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6 thoughts on “Obedience to God

  1. Reblogged this on Thoughts to Ponder and commented:

    My New Weekly Blog: Obedience to God

    Maybe God is asking you to do something that you are fearful of. It makes you uncomfortable to even think about it. I encourage you to be in prayer and always seek God for courage to do the impossible. Remember, what we think is impossible is possible with God.

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  2. Amen! Like when the Lord gives you the same word given Jeremiah in 1:17-18:

    17 “Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them. 18 Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.

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    • I love that Scripture! When I think about fighting a battle within myself, I think of running to the battlefield and wishing I had that much boldness to not hesitate. I’m learning to trust God more and obey Him even if it is hard at times. It’s for my benefit and those around me.

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  3. Oh, it’s hard, indeed: it’s putting off the old self and putting on the new! It’s denying that old self and following Jesus! It’s my struggle nearly EVERY HOUR! But, standing on His word, we persevere and mature, individually and corporately (James 1:2-4; Eph. 4:11-13). Love the fellowship with you dear sister!

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    • Thank you for reading my post this week. We can even feel uncomfortable in familiar territory. Sometimes God brings us back to realize that our guilt and shame is not what it seems. He helps us get over our past so we can live in the present. God has done this to me many times and each time I come out stronger than I was before. So stay strong and I will pray that you find comfort and peace in whatever situation you are going through. You are not alone!

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