A world of confusion and disappointment results from trying to believe without obeying. This puts us in the position of a bird trying to fly with one wing. We merely flap in a circle and seek to cheer our hearts with the hope that the whirling ball of fathers is proof that a revival is under way.
– A.W. Tozer
Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:3 (NLT)
And he is, to them, ‘a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence’. Yes, they stumble at the Word of God for in their hearts they are unwilling to obey it—which makes stumbling a foregone conclusion. But you are God’s “chosen generation”, His “royal priesthood”, His “holy nation”, His “peculiar people”—all the old titles of God’s people now belong to you. It is for you now to demonstrate the goodness of Him who has called you out of darkness into His amazing light. In the past you were not “a people” at all: now you are the people of God. In the past you had no experience of His mercy, but now it is intimately yours.
– 1 Peter 2:7-9 (PHILLIPS)
Jesus said, “I will do what the Father requires of Me, so that the world will know that I love the Father.”
John 14:31 (NLT)
‘Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, so that it may be well with you.’
– Jeremiah 7:23 (AMP)
By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don’t forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever— what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— I always have and always will.
– Psalm 119:111-113 (MSG)
Obedience is the key to real faith.
– Chuck Colson
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