The Blessing of Obedience

There is freedom in obedience

There is joy in obedience

There is peace in obedience

 

What tangles we would avoid

if only we heeded the instruction

 

of the One who is Truth

 

What pain we would prevent

if only we would listen

 

to the One who knows best

 

What heartache we would escape

if only we were humble enough

 

to obey

 

For there is where we find

freedom

joy

peace

 

and show God

how much we love Him

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Anyone who loves Me will listen to My voice and obey. The Father will love him, and We will draw close to him and make a dwelling place within him.

– John 14:23 (VOICE)

 

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

– Deuteronomy 5:33 (NIV)

 

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

– Proverbs 10:17 (NIV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

His Words, My Delight

Does the Bible, this ancient document, thrill you?

Do you know that it is timeless?

 

Do you understand the treasures

that await your heart

if you will only commit to pick it up

and read it?

 

Do you know that true peace is possible

found in His Words?

 

What a loving, amazing God we have

that He would share His heart

and His truth

with us, His beloved.

 

Do you want to be firm and grounded

with your roots deep

in the soil of truth?

 

Do you want to be well-watered, growing, thriving

and not hopelessly withering?

 

Open this ancient,

timeless,

God-inspired book.

 

Find Eternal God in the pages.

Find salvation for your hurting soul.

Find hope forever.

 

– Susie Stewart

 

* There are many translations of the Bible.  I grew up using both the KJV (King James Version) and NIV (New International Version) of the Bible.  I tend mostly toward the NIV and NLT (New Living Translation) these days, although I look into many different translations online at Biblegateway.com.  The MSG (Message) version is a modern paraphrase that can word God’s truth in a way that is closest to how I talk.  I take it as a paraphrase and not a literal translation, much like a pastor would paraphrase a portion of Scripture he reads.  Whatever your translation, make sure that it is accurate and not a skewed version (i.e. – Mormon version of the Bible).  Online Bible tools are very helpful.  Websites like Biblegateway.com and YouVersion.com give you access to so many tools and searches. I utilize them a lot when writing my blogs.

Regardless of how you get into the Word, get into it!  And stay in it!  The Lord blesses those who delight in His Word.

Find your salvation in Jesus, trusting Him to save you from your sins, paying for all of them on the cross, conquering sin and death.  You can have new life in Him!  Ask for His forgiveness of your sins and accept His free gift of eternal life.  The Scriptures will open up to you in a new and powerful way.  A.W. Tozer says, “The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid.”  God’s Spirit must help you understand and soak up Scripture.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’d be glad to communicate with you about salvation, God, the Bible…

Read and mediate on the Bible’s life-giving words!    ~Susie

 

Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

– Psalm 1:1-6 (NLT)

 

Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

– Psalm 1:2,3 (MSG)

 

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Peace

Perfect peace comes from God.  It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit for the Believer, and it comes even in the storm if our hearts and minds are set on Him.

– Susie Stewart

 

The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal, how can you hope to find inward peace.

– AW Tozer

 

True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on our Divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, “I will not be afraid;” it is wisdom and peace to say, “I will trust and not be afraid.”

– Alexander MacLaren

 

Now may the Lord Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

– 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)

 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

– John 16:33 (AMP)

 

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

– Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)

 

Walk away from the evil things in the world—just leave them behind, and do what is right, and always seek peace and pursue it.

– 1 Peter 3:11 (VOICE)

 

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,…

– Galatians 5:22 (NLT)

 

A mind focused on the flesh is doomed to death, but a mind focused on the Spirit will find full life and complete peace.

– Romans 8:6 (VOICE)

 

For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.” The God who has compassion on you says so.

– Isaiah 54:10 (MSG)

 

If our minds are stayed upon God, His peace will rule the affairs entertained by our minds. If, on the other hand, we allow our minds to dwell on the cares of this world, God’s peace will be far from our thoughts.

– Woodrow Kroll

 

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Able

Your Glory  —–  Untamable

Your Sacrifice  —–  Unthinkable

Your Pain  —–  Unfathomable

Your Determination  —–  Unstoppable

Your Love  —–  Unquenchable

Your Redemption  —–  Unalterable

Your Timing  —–  Undeniable

Your Peace  —–  Unbelievable

Your Purposes  —–  Unbreakable

Your Authority  —–  Unanswerable

My Sin  —–  Untraceable 

My Joy  —–  Unspeakable

My Life  —–  Uncontainable

– Susie Stewart

But Christ came only once and for all time at just the right time to take away all sin by sacrificing Himself.

– Hebrews 9:26 (NCV)