Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ask, Listen, Obey

“But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.””
1 Samuel 15:22-23 NLT.

It should be pretty simple to follow the Lord. He doesn't demand much. He really just wants us to be obedient. He doesn't want our money and he doesn't want our sacrifice. He wants obedience. He wants us to shed our stubbornness. He wants us to serve and obey. 

I see so many people not only avoiding, ignoring God, they outright rebel against the creator of the universe. The anti-God crowd is growing and becoming more vocal. It is becoming politically correct to bash Christianity and bully the faithful. It makes it more difficult to obey knowing we will be convicted by non-Christians. 

WE who call our selves followers of Christ need to strengthen our defenses. That is not going to be done by our own design. WE can only protect ourselves by turning to our Heavenly Father. We need to LISTEN! WE need to seek his voice. We need to seek his power. We need to accept the commands and the path laid before us. In order to win the battle on this planet, we don't need more "burnt offerings" or more "sacrifices" we need obedience through all situations. We are in a battle for the souls of our communities and we can not back down to the "politically correct". We need to ask, listen, and obey. 

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