Obedience = Joy
Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him
I have never seen a happy, disobedient Christian, and I have never seen an unhappy obedient Christian.
Nancy was a 33-year-old Christian who had received Christ as her Savior. She attended church regularly, and even volunteered some spare time with a Christian ministry. Yet, something was keeping her from fully enjoying her walk with the Lord Jesus. She had lost her first love. As a result, she often felt indifferent about her faith.
Nancy went to see her pastor about the problem, and he discovered several areas where she was living in disobedience to God's Word. With unconfessed sin in her life, her trust in God had diminished, and she had felt little desire to draw close to Him or to share her faith in Christ with others. Sin had short-circuited a vital fruit of the Spirit in her life: faithfulness.
Are you experiencing feelings of indifference and complacency in your Christian walk? Faithfulness is an attribute that is not optional for the Christian. It means to continually trust God in all things; to obey Him; to abide in Him; to live for Him as Lord of our lives.
R. A. Torrey tells the story of a woman who came to him and said she did not believe in the Bible
any more. When he asked her why, she replied, "Because I have tried its promises and found them untrue. The Bible says, 'Whatsoever ye ask believing, ye shall receive.' Well, I fully expected to get things from God in prayer, but I did not receive them, so the promise failed."
Dr. Torrey then turned her to 1 John 3:22
--"Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." Then he said, "Were you keeping His commandments and doing those things pleasing in His sight?"
She confessed she was not. Her trouble was not the Bible's promises; it was her own disobedience. Let that not be true of any of us.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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