I confess, I have been lax in obeying God with certain details.
I have set alarms on my iPhone to jog my memory that bedtime is approaching. When the reminder pops up I feel like a little kid who just lost her fun time because Mama just told her to go to bed. Except it’s not Mama, it’s God. And lately I have been ignoring said alarms. By lately, I mean for several weeks now.
What’s the big deal? God made it very clear to me that I was to go to bed at a certain time at night. His instructions were so I could catch enough sleep to wake up at the certain time He wants me to wake each morning to write.
It even got to the point where I would feel the Holy Spirit nudging me, but I would continue right on doing what I was doing as if nothing had happened. (Ouch. That was painful to write.)
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17 ESV
Have you ever linked arms with someone and tried to walk with them while you’re connected like that? When you’re close together in that position, the pace is much smoother when you are in the same stride as the other person. Otherwise, when both persons’ steps are off, one usually is striving to keep up with the other person, or trip in the attempt!
Jesus isn’t my crutch that I use to only walk with Him when I’m wounded. I said I would link arms, and walk with Him for life. My linking arms illustrates my obedience.
Jesus isn’t my crutch that I use to only walk with Him when I’m wounded. [Tweet this]
stride→steps together stumble→steps off
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! Psalm 128:1 ESV
One time I printed out a long list of very specific directions to another city. I wasn’t familiar with most of the streets, so I found myself using the mile markers to avoid missing the next turn. To follow God’s directions, I follow by my obedience. If I don’t want to miss His next turn, I need to look at the specifics.
When I find myself going through problems, I need to frequently check the “mile markers.” If the mission He gave me isn’t going so great, I might find that I didn’t carry out a specific direction. Along the way I need to obey carefully, and that means that I need to be make sure that I am honoring every detail.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8 NASB
Obedience causes me to link arms with Jesus and walk in stride with Him. Disobedience causes my steps to be off sync. I don’t want to be disobedient. It destroys the anointing, and other has consequences as well.
Obedience causes me to link arms with Jesus and walk in stride with Him. [Tweet this]
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To stride means to walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction. I want to walk in stride with Jesus. How are you walking with Him?
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