Monday 20 February 2012

Outright Obedience!

We have all been told how Joseph is a precursor for Christ.  His early years were sacrificed in order that he could save his family from famine later.

I read something that really got my attention:  In Gen 44 v 2 Joseph tells a steward to put his silver cup in Benjamin's sack along with the money they had used to buy grain and the steward did according to what Joseph had said.


That jumped out at me.  Firstly, Joseph asked the steward to do something odd.  And secondly, the steward just obeyed!  He did not question the request!  I felt the Lord was telling me, "I know I ask you to do things that in the world don't make sense, but just obey in faith because I have things under control."


Another example of outright obedience despite the request sounding, um.., somewhat odd, was the walking around the walls of Jericho.  Would you have raised your eyebrows just a little bit?  I would have!
Obey - and watch your spiritual walls come down!

All I can say to this is Isaiah 55 v 8:  "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways," declares the Lord.

My encouragement to you is to trust and obey God outright.  Obedience brings blessings.  God's blessings are much to be desired.  And believe me, obedience is something I have to work on big time too so don't feel alone.

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with (click on the names below to follow the blog hop link):
Joan               Jen                  Shanda             Joan             Laura           Stacy

39 comments:

  1. "Obey....and watch your spiritual walls come down." You're so right....it's not ours to ask how or why or what?!...but simply to obey. Our victory comes with our willingness to do what God asks of us.

    Great post, Tracy. Thank you for your faithfulness to point us always in the way of the Lord.

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    1. Hi Stacy - so true, we only need to obey, no questions asked
      God bless

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  2. Great post. And so true. Obedience is easy in talk, not so easy in practice. I'm trying.... Could probably try harder.

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    1. Hi Kelly - agreed, its to never give up trying and in that we will grow.
      God bless

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  3. You have a very valid point here, so often I hear the lord and then think, that can;t be right I'll just wait for confirmation.

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    1. Hi Stefanie - I doubt you are the only one, I also look for confirmation. Its to take that step of faith and just... obey. the blessing in doing that is awesome
      God bless

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  4. I often ask myself "are You talking to me?", and wonder if I am doing what God wants me to do. I know I need to stop listening to my own mind and start listening to God. When he says to jump I need to jump and not wonder what’s going to happen! :)

    Perfect words to inspire me this morning Tracy!

    Blessings and bunches of hugs Tracy!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise - I know I too am over cautious, was that really the Lord? Did I get that right? To obey and get it wrong is growth too :)
      God bless

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  5. A resounding YES! Obedience does bring blessing!Once I even had to march around our store to "claim" it as our territory as God commanded, and yes, the result was victory! If we want to be blessed we have to know God's mind, we have to seek His will! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. Hi Patsy - This is something that I am learning slowly but surely! I love that you walked around your store claiming your territory in obedience to God.
      God bless

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  6. Trust and obedience seem to go hand in hand. If I trust, I should obey. If I want to be obedient, I must trust Him. Trust is my One Word for this year.

    Great post! I also think of Noah and the looks he must have received when building the ark.

    Have a great day!
    In Christ,
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura - I forgot about Noah. His neighbours must have teased him endlessly or derided him, depending on what type of neighbours he had :)
      God bless

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  7. Obedience is such an amazing blessing. Hard. But oh my the blessings are amazing! Since God knows everything, and knows us intimately, we can be assured His ways are best. :D

    God bless you, sweet (((((Tracy)))))!

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    1. Hi Lisa - I am learning to leap to obedience (every now and then i get it right) and its so true that He blesses us in our obedience.
      God bless
      ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Lisa)))))))))))))))))))))))))

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  8. This is true! A wonderful blessing comes from obedience as well...Jesus tells us that we are His friends when we obey. "You are my friends when you do what I command," John 15:14 (NLT)

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    1. Hi Sharon, great scripture. I must remember that one.
      God bless

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  9. A great word today -- thanks! True obedience doesn't question the Lord...it trusts! Blessigns!

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    1. Hi Joan - you said it...true obedience does not question!
      God bless

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  10. Such timely words. Sometimes as I step out in faith to God's request for obedience I feel a little crazy. I'm so thankful he's trustworthy!

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    1. Hi Beck - I think we do have to be a little crazy to step out :) Like you, I'm thankful He is so trustworthy
      God bless

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  11. God does have knack for giving us illogical instructions. But if he says, we should be found doing it indeed.

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    1. Amen, if He says, we should do!
      God bless Wanda

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  12. Obedience is not a popular theme to write on, you keep it simple and honest Tracy, thanks. It is still the fastest way to grow and be blessed :)

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    1. Hi Marja - i think what you say here is so true, obedience is the fastest way to grow and be blessed.
      God bless

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  13. appreciate these words of encouragement today. i love how you are able to pick a point, hone in on it, and get the job done. i know that may sound weird, but it's like a nugget to chew on all day long. i don't get lost in all the details, and that is good for me :-)
    thanks, as usual, for your sharing. and for being you!
    steph

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    1. Hi HopeUnbroken - thank you for the encouragement! I'm so grateful that you are encouraged too. This is what my heart's desire is.
      God bless

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  14. This makes me think about how I sometimes tell my children, "Just obey!" - instead of asking me 800 questions about why we have to put shoes on, or where are we going, or I'll do it in a minute. God must feel the same way about me! Just obey - even when it doesn't make sense to me or I've got a lot of questions. I don't think God minds the questions, but he wants us to obey first. Great post.

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    1. Hi Courtney - being a parent has definitely made me see God more as the parent that He is and me more as the rebellious child that I can be too :)
      God bless

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    1. Thank you Denise - so glad you enjoyed it
      God bless

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  16. Great "words of wisdom". Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Debbie - thank you, God's word is full of wisdom and when we find these nuggets of truth its great to share them
      God bless

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  17. Wonderful devotional. I am always questioning instead of just acting. Have a fabulous day :)

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    1. Hi Kathleen - don't feel alone there. I question too and God doesn't always answer. Obeying first time is definitely a thing I struggle with. The thing is to never give up trying
      God bless

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  18. Oh how I want to obey and not question knowing His direction is always right!

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  19. Obedience brings blessings!! So true

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  20. Hi Tracy, I ave to admit that sometimes I question even though I know I shouldn't. My goal is to "just do it!"

    Blessings...Chelle

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  21. May I not think, "God, that is so silly!" but instead respond with a soft and willing heart.

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  22. Obedience automatically makes me think of Mary, the Mother of God. She said yes, no questions asked. And yes, obedience brings blessings, her obedience brought about the greatest blessing of all time! Jesus!

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