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Pastor's note for September 14

Posted on Mon, Sep 1, 2014

Transforming Proclivities to Obedience

Overcoming Worldliness via Holy Proclivity

Transforming Proclivities to Obedience
But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

(I Samuel 15:22)


t is not enough to simply say “I trust in the Lord!” Our goal is to trust in the Lord with “ALL” our heart and not let our understanding, thoughts or rationale get in the way.  Pure trust without reason, rationale, or rebuttal is called obedience.  Again, it's not enough to trust; we must trust AND obey...There is no other way!  John H. Sammis’ many songs and hymns often emphasized trust and obedience. In the fourth stanza of his prolific penmanship of “Trust and Obey”, Sammis wrote,

But we never can prove the delights of His love.
Until all on the altar we lay; for the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, are for them who will trust and obey.”

John Hammis’ song, like many Psalms and Proverbs, reminds us of the purposeful decision to obey; yes, even against our proclivities to do otherwise. Perhaps the most natural of all proclivities is disobedience.  We naturally go left when we should turn right, go when we should stop, walk when we should run, and speak when we should be silent. Our disobedience to the laws of man, nature, and time seem to be the world’s most common disposition. God who created us and made us a little lower (inferior) to angels (Hebrews 2:7), infused us with “choice” and inherently opened our souls to entertain our known and unknown proclivities. Sacrificing to overcome our shortcomings may only be on par with sporadic "firefighting". But obedience will compel our souls (mind, will and emotions) to commit to God's instructions. I like reading I Samuel 15:22 this way: "....God desires obedience 'for my benefit' over sacrifice". When we reject (unknowingly or deliberately) God's love, jealousy and relentless desire for us, grief and snubbing of the Holy Spirit is often not far behind (Ephesians 4:30; and 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Parents' greatest days and crowning legacies are directly tied to obedient children. Teachers and supervisors find their jobs more joyful and less cumbersome when their students and subordinates just comply with instructions.  Disobeying the laws of the land can directly and swiftly lead to bondage; and the commandments of God are no different. As a reminder, there is no fence in the spiritual realm, we are either obedient to God and enjoy the fruits of obedience, or we disobey God and reap a harvest of grief. Isn’t it full time we commit to a pathway of obedience?

Many Blessings, Pastor Ron Brown
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