John14:21 Obedience Equals Love

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21

Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.

Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.

Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.

Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.

When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.

The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.

The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.

As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.

Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.

Do you really love God or is your words just words?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.

Joel 3:14 Valley Of Decision

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Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

Everyday people have to make hundreds of choices, even thousands of choices. Many of these choices are nearly automatic in being made with very little thought put into them. There are other choices that come up that require some thought and consideration as to what to choose.

There are many people who freeze up when it comes to making a major choice fearing making the wrong choice. Or they are quick to make one, but then go back or regret that choice very quickly.

Joel points out that there will be a time when God will judge the nations. During that time the people will be in a valley of decision. They will have to make a choice.

While there are millions of decisions to be made all the time, there are really only two that are most important and provide the answers for all of the rest of the decisions. These are: the choice to love and serve God or not love and serve God. And the other is to obey God or not to obey God. Both these decisions go hand in hand. One cannot really be made without making the other. To love God is to obey Him, to obey Him is to love Him.

Once these two decisions are made, everything else falls into place. God’s word and His Holy Spirit guide every decision from that point forward.

Making these choices, either one of them in any way, is life changing. One way will draw a person into eternal relationship with God. The other choice will put one into eternal battle against God.

Most people will choose to serve self and not love God. Only a few will choose to love and serve God.

If you have already chosen to believe in God, you have chosen to love God. Now it is time to choose to obey God with all of your abilities. Each day you will be presented with thousands of opportunities to disobey God and sin. You have to make a conscious effort to turn away and flee from the temptation and keep from sinning.

You will also need to make the choice to serve God and build His kingdom in whatever way He opens the door for you to do.

Making these decisions will show where your heart is with God. What is your decision today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to love God with all of your heart; that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life; and that you will choose to trust God with your life.

Jeremiah 11:3-4 Obey God

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Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant–the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I commanded you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.’ Jeremiah 11:3-4 

Everyone who is in a position of authority wants to be obeyed. They want those under them to obey their every command. That is a right that comes with the position.

In most work places, if one does not obey the boss, there are repercussions. It may start out with a reprimand, but can end up with a firing from the position.

God is reminding the people of Israel that they were to obey His command He gave them when He brought them out of Egypt. If they didn’t obey, then they would be cursed. Obedience meant that they would be His people.

Even though Jesus has come and provided salvation, the command is still there–to obey God. Jesus said if one loves Him, he will obey Him. Obedience is not an option.

Yet, many believers feel that obedience to God is optional, especially with certain commands. Sin is sin and there is no excuse for sinning. God never gives room for a person to purposefully sin against Him.

Jesus gave forgiveness, but also told people to go and sin no more. If one does not obey Jesus and strive to turn away from sin, he is still cursed. Jesus said that in the end that He would turn many away because He did not know them. The reason He didn’t know them is because they did not obey Him.

Every believer must obey God in every area of his life.

If you want to be a child of God and receive the salvation Jesus has provided, you must also obey God. It is easy to say that you love God and believe in Him, but it is another thing to obey Him and not just obey in some areas, but in every area of your life.

God says to love, are you loving? God says to forgive, are you forgiving? God says turn from all sin, are you turning away from all sin?

Think about the commands that Jesus had given. How hard are you striving to obey them? Or are you allowing yourself to be cursed by God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will not follow false gods in your life; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will be a child of God.

Isaiah 8:12-13 Don’t Fear The Fake

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Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. Isaiah 8:12-13 

Rumors and conspiracy theories abound world wide about everything and anything. In a lot of these theories people are full of fear. Things that are small are made to be out to be large. False statements are made out to be true and people believe them

In today’s society the speed at which a thought can spread around the world is lightning quick with the internet. Within minutes, millions of people can hear about some false report, conspiracy theory or fake news and buy into it with fear.

During the time of Isaiah, this was also a problem. People would spread conspiracy theories and spread great fear. God tells the people not to believe those theories, but only to fear Him.

Events will occur in this world, but that does not mean a believer should fear them. Theories will abound, some will be true, some will be false, but the believer as no reason to fear them, God is the One who is in control.

When the believer is trusting in God and knows that He is in control, all he needs to be concerned about is pleasing God. Every believer is called to one thing–to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and body. When he loves God he will obey God. This is what pleases God.

The things that man can do will no longer matter to the one who is trusting God. Man can only destroy the body, but not the soul. Man and the things he can do, do not need to be feared at all.

You will hear about things that the world will be scared about. Sometimes they will be false theories that are driven to scare people into a certain way of thinking. Other times they may be true. Either way you do not need to fear what is said or happening.

Put your trust in God and fear Him alone. Strive to love and obey God with all of your abilities. He is the one who gives you life for eternity, not just a temporary life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in all things; that God will give you His peace in all things; and that God will help you remove all fear of this world.