Living Life God's Way 8/31/2004; Living an Obedience Based Life
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God speaks to us through our desires, then as we lay them at His feet,
He helps us sort them out and quiets our hearts
to accept what He has already prepared.
Living an Obedience-Based Life
They trusted in Him and defied the king's command and were willing to
up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own
Have you ever known someone who lived an outcome-based Christian
experience? What I mean is that their decisions are made based on the
positive or negative outcome, not on absolute obedience.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men who lived an
obedience-based life. When King Nebuchadnezzar passed a law that said
all were to worship his idol, these young men determined they would not
worship anything other than God. You can be sure these men did not make
this decision at the time of the decree. Their decision actually has
been made years earlier. Their convictions were already in their hearts.
Each of us must come to a place of knowing what our boundaries are
in given situations. What will you tolerate from your employer? What
situation crosses the line for you? Where are the boundaries for
questionable practices in your life? If these are not worked out ahead,
you will live a life of situational ethics, determining what decision to
make based on the merits of the situation.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were willing to die for what they
believed. In this case, they were delivered from the fiery furnace. God
used their faithfulness to impact a king, and they were promoted to
Are you an obedience-based Christian? Or are there situations that
can move you based on the outcome? God wants to know that we will stand
firm on the issues that are important to Him no matter what the outcome
may be. God is looking for those who are radical in their obedience.
Does this describe your commitment to Christ? If not, pray for this kind
of conviction. The Lord will honor you for this.
Today God Is First by Os Hillman; 3/22/2004
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