There’s more to obedience than just obedience. What we don’t realize is that God wants us to succeed. LISTEN TO HIM!
20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but He delights in those whose ways are blameless.
In the Army, when a soldier is told to do something, who takes responsibility for the soldier’s actions? His commanding officer. In the LORD’s army, it works the same way. When we are obedient, we fall under His responsibility and His command. We are BLAMELESS. In other words, no blame can be attached to us because we were simply obeying orders.
Let me “introduce” you to one of my favorite Scriptures:
24 To him who is able to keep you from [falling and] stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence blameless and with great joy—
- JESUS is able to keep us from falling–and even from stumbling–when we obey Him.
- Regardless, He will present us before His Father’s glorious presence as perfect in Him. Hebrews 10:14 tells us, “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
- With great joy…WOW! How great? Triumphant joy, exultant joy, unspeakable, ecstatic delight (from the Amplified Version)!
12:00 is when the big hand and the little hand are on the 12. Anything else is NOT 12:00. It is a perversion of 12:00. When it comes to our holiness, we are perfect in Christ, therefore we are 12:00. THIS IS OUR POSITION IN CHRIST and will be how we are presented to the Father.
Our relationship with the Son through the Spirit is basically about learning to be perfect [hitting the mark] by being blameless (obedient). MAJOR emphasis on “learning.” It’s a process–even though we are guaranteed to be presented to the Father as perfect in Christ. His blood “speaks” for us:
24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede [speak] for them [through His sacrifice on the cross]. Hebrews 10:24-25
Let’s quit allowing our lives to be run by our emotions and what we WANT to do (emotions again). Let’s die to ourselves and allow Christ to live through us. In other words, let’s listen to Him and do exactly what He tells us to do–or not do. He has our BEST interests at heart; He loves us! Let’s start by reading His Word and listening for His voice in the words. We won’t be disappointed!
Abba, I am learning so much as I read through the Bible chronologically. It seems to come alive as I read about David and his life on the run from Saul. I can hardly wait to hear David himself tell it! It will also be gratifying to hear Saul say that he learned to not fear the future. There will be SO MUCH to do and SO MANY people to talk to in heaven, and if not in heaven, then in Jerusalem when Christ returns. Will it be soon, Jesus? Even so, come, LORD Jesus! Amen.