A Clay Jar

Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thess. 2:12 NIV)

Obedience

Obedience to God is an essential component of the Christian life. It is much more important than the outward forms and rituals that are so often a mark of the Christian life. To obey is better than sacrifice.

A woman thinking: A test for Moses

A Test for Moses – Exodus 32:9-10

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When tested, choose the hard path of obedience and surrender to the Lord’s will–the path to greatness in the kingdom.

Two knights in a sword fight: The battle within

The Battle Within – Romans 7:15

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The battle is between being the person I believe God wants me to be and the person I am comfortable being. Between the Spirit and the flesh.

A man holding a loaf of bread - Trusting God each step of the way

Trusting God Each Step of the Way – Luke 9:16-17

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We may not see how we can accomplish the task God has given us. But if we step out in obedience, God will supply what we need. As we need it.

Be subject to the governing authorities

Be Subject to the Governing Authorities – Romans 13:1-2

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As believers, we are to be subject to our human leaders, the governing authorities. When we rebel against them, we are rebelling against God.

Finding Favor with God

Finding Favor with God – Exodus 33:13

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How do you find favor with God? Submit to him, seek to know him better, and live in obedience to him. Make that the goal of your prayer.

Doing the Work of Jesus

Doing the Work of Jesus – John 14:12-14

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Jesus promised to give us whatever we need to do his work and glorify the Father. So, we have no excuse for failing to carry on his work.

When Your Prayer Is Not Heard

When Your Prayer Is Not Heard – Zechariah 7:13

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Pray in Jesus’ name, in faith, and in accordance with God’s will. But also pray from a place of obedience to God's instruction to us.

Greatness in the Eyes of the Lord

Greatness in the Eyes of the Lord – 2 Kings 15:28, 34

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When your life story is written, what will it say? That you did right in the eyes of the Lord? Or that you did evil in the eyes of the Lord?

Marching around Jericho

Marching around Jericho – Joshua 6:2-5

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As we serve the Lord, we often want instant results. But instead, we are called to faithfully march around Jericho, leaving the timing to God.

Steadfast in obedience

Steadfast in Obedience – Psalm 119:4-6

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As a child of God, it should be my goal to be steadfast in obedience to the instructions of Jesus and his apostles found in the Scripture.

A command to love

A Command to Love – 1 John 4:21

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Love one another. This is not an optional suggestion. It is a command to love. Even those who are hard to love.

Are you born of God?

Are You Born of God? – 1 John 3:9-10

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How can you know that you have been born of God? John tells us that we can know. Do we do what is right? And do we love other believers?

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