This is well overdue since the week is nearing it's end. I always want to keep you in the loop. I hope you have been having a blessed week and trust that you will have an equally blessed weekend.
This may be a touchy subject for others if not most and I am going to give my experience and testimony regarding this matter. It is very important to know that once you have made the decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour that you are to keep his commands -John 14:15 "If you love me,keep my commands.- and that is being obedient.
It took me a very long time to know this and to understand this. I hope this comes at a convenient time to save you from that struggle but everyone's journey is always different. The Lord has called on me many times to obey his word on certain things in my life, I did not have to cut everything off all at once but I weaned from most things and I am still a work in progress. God did not expect me to change over night my bad habits that I have developed over a small lifetime. I can gladly say that I have been as obedient as I possibly can and it has made a huge difference in my life.
However the moments when I disobeyed , I encountered bad/horrible consequences and that was on me. I cannot tell you the guilt I felt knowing I had been warned to stay away from certain things, and having to have the discipline to focus on God's word and not let the enemy win me over with guilt. We won't always get things right, we must understand that we are not perfect! But the Spirit of the Lord is with us to nudge us in the right direction.
Obeying God's word does not only make your life filled with joy but it saves and serves those who are around you, though you may not be aware of it. You become the light in the dark for those who are afraid.
We already know what is expected of us, if you don't then read the Bible, it is filled with God's commands. In some other cases Holy Spirit will put it in your heart to stop drinking/swearing/envying etc, do not take your time to act on this, because this is when you start being disobedient and you will get burnt. You can go to the Bible to read more on what is commanded of you, and this is what happened to me. Some of these things I lost interest in them and I knew this is the way I am supposed to go.
I urge you to take this as a warning. You might be surprised why you don't like certain worldly things anymore, and God could speak to you through other people(be it conversations, or lifestyle) as well, so be vigilant.
When you are obedient to God's word, you will find that he also helps to keep you obedient, you will constantly be aware when you are about to turn left when you should turn right.
One more important thing is that when you become disobedient do not hide from God, do not run away, then Jesus would have died for nothing, go back to him and repent and go back in your lane. He wants you to be close to him at all times. Don't be Adam and Eve, they hid, but he went to look for them anyway!.
I may write more on this in the future when I am more comfortable in spilling out the exact details, but I felt the need to really give out this message because I want you to avoid the pain and suffering that comes with disobeying God because of fear, and lack of trust in him.I am in a painful emotional situation at the moment because I did not fully trust God with my life. I then took to my own ways but with that you learn there are serious consequences!
May the Lord be with you, may his Spirit that lives in you always burn and lead you in the direction that you should go in. Obey his word, read it and live it!
Revelation 14:12 NIV This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
Please share your experience about your obedient life and helpful encouraging ways to keep at it.
Until next post, God bless...