Have you ever been so pressed in by God about something? It seems so much of what I am reading and listening to and thinking about revolves around one subject. Abide and Obey! I ask God to impress on my heart (mind, will, emotion and intellect) what to post each week and I have felt such a strong inner voice and moving of the Spirit about this subject. Today let’s talk about abide and obey.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Romans. It is an exhaustive treatise that lays out God’s plan of salvation and so much more!
One of the verses in Roman 12 is so deep and profound to me it has become a recording in my head being played on a loop!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1
First of all, this scripture is addressed to Christians. Those who have already bowed the knee and made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives. Only by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can this verse be lived out in our lives.
The big picture meaning of this verse is very deep!
Because of all God has done for us the only sane way to answer his gifts, and grace and mercy is to give Him our broken bodies, as a living sacrifice, as our way of worshipping Him for all He has done.
And we are not to be like the world around us steeped in the way they think and do things that are in rebellion to our Father but make sure we are abiding (having a relationship) with God by reading, knowing, and obeying His word. So when we transform our mind we can test and know what the will of God is for our lives.
The key is turning our bodies and minds and will over to the Lord to obey him.
I have a Sunday Scripture about Romans 12:1-2 you can read HERE. Easier said than done. But when we really know all God has done for us it becomes our only reasonable response!
I’m also doing a study with my church called Discerning The Voice Of God by Priscilla Shirer and it is FABULOUS. This study is about hearing the voice of God in our lives and following it.
Over and over again Priscilla talks about how we need to obey God to hear Him. Obey first! Not second guessing and not slow obedience. Just like Romans says … to obey God as a living sacrifice.
Yes, I have been hearing from God in a big way lately. And the Holy Spirit has impressed on my heart (mind, will, emotion and intellect) a phrase I use often when I teach…
ABIDE AND OBEY
Jesus says in John 15:4…
Abide in me and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Again the big overview meaning of this verse is tied up in the word abide!
Abide carries with it the meaning of having a close, personal relationship with Jesus. We can do nothing of kingdom value if we do not know and have a close relationship with Jesus.
Abide and obey is the mantra of my life.
Although, I am often not very good at it.
In times when I let my relationship with Jesus slip it becomes hard to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit (the very presence of God in me) in my spirit making it hard to know His will and obey.
Jesus said in John 10:10…
… I have come that they (His sheep, believers) may have life, and have it abundantly.
Our abundant life comes when we abide and obey.
Today make a commitment to know Jesus. Not just know about Him.
To have that beautiful connection on a deep level study your bible yourself.
Ask the Holy Spirit to “guide you in all truth” (John 16:13). And obey what He tells you.
Transform your mind. Replace the clutter and filth of this world with the grace and truth of God.
Spend time quiet before God and let His Holy Spirit speak to you! He will not tell you anything that contradicts His word.
And if you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior now is the time to get to know Him and take part in the everlasting life He offers. You can read about it HERE.
Friends, the essence of our lives here on planet earth is all about abiding and obeying God.
We will live eternally with Him if we bow the knee to Jesus as Lord so why would we not live out the eternal truths ahead of us.
We are destined for the Kingdom so we should be living out that kind of life here on earth, right?
I pray that you would ask God to show you how to abide in Him and obey Him without delay.
Oh, the abundant life, a life of living close to God, if we abide and obey!