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God Doesn’t Want Your Money, He Wants Your Obedience 1 Samuel 15:22

Posted by Job on August 17, 2007

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To obey is better than sacrifice!  The Bible teaches us that to “obey is
better than sacrifice.” What an incredible truth this verse is for our day
to day lives. It supports the verses of Ephesians 2:8 and 9 that tells us
that our salvation is by faith and NOT of works. While God is concerned
about what we do with our lives, the fruit that we can produce for the
Kingdom from our efforts, He is first and foremost concerned with our
obedience. You see, our obedience flows from a heart that is yielded to Him,
a life that is surrendered to do HIS will and not OUR will.

This very day you will have a chance to obey or rebel against God. In
reality, during the course of any given day there are many opportunities
that we consciously choose to obey or rebel against God. But I want to focus
on the very next decision that you have to make after reading these words.
IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT GOD HAS ALLOWED YOU TO READ THESE WORDS. GOD IS
PREPARING YOU FOR THE VERY NEXT DECISION THAT YOU WILL MAKE WHERE YOU CAN
EITHER OBEY HIM, OR NOT.

The life of King Saul is a very sad commentary of someone that God anointed
in a great way and chose to rebel against God. King Saul lived with the same
free will that God gives to all of us. He had to make choices each day to
obey or rebel against God. Sadly, there are ALWAYS consequences for our
rebellion. These consequences come in many forms but there is always a price
to pay when we choose not to obey God.

Likewise, blessings will always follow our obedience to God. The greatest
blessing of all is that peace that passes all human understanding we receive
when we are living our lives the way God has asked us to. When we are living
for Him, making choices that honor God, there is a peace and joy that you
could never put a price on.

I love you and care about you so much. Today’s Devotional is a special
warning for you to be aware of the choices that you will make today. You
will have many opportunities today to choose to obey God, or rebel against
God. I will be praying that you will make the choice to obey God. To set
aside your will, your desires, for His will and His desires.

Jesus promised His followers a life of abundance. That abundance comes from
living a life pleasing and acceptable to God. God loves us so very much.
Like any parent, He only wants the best for us. When He asks us to obey Him,
it is not for HIS good, but for OUR good.

In the Old Testament, many of God’s children were quick to offer up
sacrifices to Him, yet their hearts were far away from Him. They honored Him
with their lips but God saw their hearts. We obey God out of our love for
Him. All of our good works, our good deeds have little meaning to God if our
hearts are not right. When we have surrendered our lives to Him it is our
DESIRE to love Him, and we show Him that love through our obedience. We can
tell our mother or father how much we love them, but we SHOW that love
through our obedience. God is the same way. We can sing praises to Him, do
great works in His name, but it is our obedience that shows God how deep our
love for Him really is.

As you go through the rest of this day, remember these words…TO OBEY IS
BETTER THAN SACRIFICE. You will be making a choice very shortly in which you
can obey God, or rebel against Him. Show God how much you love Him today,
and OBEY.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com

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