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  • God's Design/ Obedience Releases the Power

    2 posts, 2 voices, 490 views, started May 31, 2011

    Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Denise Richardson

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      God's Design
      By Sylvia Gunter

      "May God Himself, the God of peace,
      sanctify you through and through.
      May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless
      at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
      1 Thessalonians 5:23  

      "The word of God is living and active.
      Sharper than any double-edged sword,
      it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
      joints and marrow."
      Hebrews 4:12  

      God's pattern is:  spirit, soul, body – in that order. Yet most of us live our lives in the opposite, leading from our bodily appetites and soul satisfactions. God's design is that we respond to him and life out of our spirits led by his Spirit. Our spirit should lead our soul and body to glorify Jesus. Every day we have to choose to let Jesus in us respond from our spirits, instead of reacting from our souls and bodies.

      Question: In what order is your life running?
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      Obedience Releases the Power
      by Dr. Bill Bright

      "For the Lord says, 'Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in My name. When he calls on Me I will answer, I will be with him in trouble, and rescue him and honor him'" Psalm 91:14-15  

      Pete was the playboy type. He believed that Christ was in his life and that he had eternal life and would go to heaven when he died, but he was not willing to "go all the way with the Lord." He wanted to live the "good life," he said. One day perhaps he would make a total commitment of his life to Christ, but not now. He had all kinds of physical and emotional problems, but somehow he was never able to make the connection that the fact that his life was miserable was because of his disobedience to God.

      All of God's supernatural resources are latent within us waiting for us, as an act of the will by faith, to release that power. This explains the difference between impotent, fruitless, defeated Christians and those who are buoyant, joyful, victorious and fruitful in magnificent ways for the glory of God. Both are indwelt by the same God and possess the same supernatural power, but one for whatever reason – lack of knowledge, lack of faith, disobedience – fails to release the power while the other – knowledgeable, dedicated, obedient, faithful – releases the power.

      John 14:21 is another way of stating Psalm 91:14 -15. Jesus said, "He that hath My commandments, and keep them, he it is that loveth Me and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." (KJV)  

      We demonstrate that we love God when we obey Him. And when we trust and obey Him, all the supernatural resources of deity are released in our behalf. He literally heals our bodies, our minds and our spirits and enables us to live the supernatural life.

      Bible Reading: Psalm 91:7-13  

      Today's Action Point: I will acknowledge Jesus daily as the Lord of my life and demonstrate my love by obeying His commandments. In so doing, I can be assured that He will be with me in trouble and deliver me and honor me as He promised.

      Question: What aspect of obeying the Lord do you struggle with most often?



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