The Christian Life: Be Willing and Obedient

The Christian Life with Jeremiah

Be Willing and Obedient

By: Jeremiah, Servant of the Living God

Answering the call of God is sometimes an intimidating process for many people. But, if you are willing and obedient, like Samuel, the Lord will guide you through whatever challenges present themselves. Be willing and obedient and he will fight your battles as well.

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The Bible states in Isaiah 1:19, that if ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. So, let’s be obedient to God and have a good heart. This will allow God to save us and fight for us.

Furthermore, Isaiah 1:16-24 has many more guidelines on how to please God. He states, 

Isaiah 1 vs 16 to 24.

16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

18 “Come now, let us reason[c] together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” The Unfaithful City

21 How the faithful city has become a whore,[d] she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

22 Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water.

23 Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

24 Therefore the Lord declares, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: “Ah, I will get relief from my enemies and avenge myself on my foes.

These are basic rules which the servant of God must live by and practice daily.

In Jeremiah 4:14, God states, “O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved.
How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you?”

Usually, sin starts in the mind. We think about something or rather entertain a suggestion or temptation, then we execute the action. So, God is saying to us that we must wash our hearts from evil. How do we accomplish this?

We must practice those basic rules provided in Isaiah 1:16-24.

Psalms 34:1-22 also encourages us to taste and see that the Lord is good. 

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be [e]condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

So, let’s have good thoughts and a clean heart. Let’s humble ourselves in front of God and people, and let’s be asking for the holy spirit to take over our hearts from evil. In this way, if we are willing and obedient, God can lead us in anything we are doing. 

Meditate on God’s Word

Many Christians struggle daily to live according to God’s word. But we need daily nourishment. That is why it is important to read your bible daily; even if it is a few verses and meditate on them.

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Today’s word is brought to you by Jeremiah, servant of the living God. He is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, who lives in Nigeria. He believes in God and that all answers to life, can be found in the Word of God.

 

 

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