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Monday, September 13, 2010

Trust and Obey

Trust and obey.
For there's no other way,
to be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

God is good. So good. He is so very faithful to his children. We don't have to earn his faithfulness. If that were the case, the Lord would have given up on me a long time ago. Luckily, his faithfulness is not dependant on my performance either. Nor is his faithfulness to us dependant on our faithfulness to him.

"What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all!"
Romans 3:3-4a

He is faithful to us not because of who we are, but because of who he is. That is just a part of who he is. Faithful.

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."
Hebrews 10: 23

But, when we choose to be faithful to him and his word, we have the opportunity to reap the benefit of the blessings that he has been waiting to lavish on us.

"The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."
1 Thessalonians 5:24

In the past few months, God has been leading our family in a new direction. New paths can bring with it a mixture of emotions. Fear, excitement, curiosity, anxiety, and joy, just to name a few. This new direction for our family is no different. Inspite of the mixture of emotions, God has been so very faithful to us as we have chosen to walk by faith in the direction he has called us. It amazes me the blessings the Lord pours on his children just because we chose to obey him. Don't get me wrong. I'm not going all Joel Osteen on you, claiming monitary blessings in exchange for obedience to the Father. I do believe that the Lord does give monitary blessings at times. But the majority of the time, the gifts he is waiting to give us are so much more than what the world sees as the blessings we should, wealth, and happiness.

I am utterly amazed on almost a daily basis at the ways to Lord has blessed an encouraged our family as we have begun our journey of obedience. He has placed, and is continuing to place, beautiful jewels of support and kindred spirits in our lives. He is continually bringing the encouragment of other sisters in Christ who have walked, or are walking, the same walk of faith he has called us to. Oh, the blessing of being obedient to him! I feel as though he had a literal storehouse of blessing that he was waiting to pour out on my life. All I had to do was say, "Yes, Father. I will obey and do what you have asked me to do." And voila!, he opened the floodgates! It as though he said, "Oh, my precious child! I have just been waiting to give you these treasures! I am so glad that you have chosen to trust and obey!"

There are reasons why I am not at liberty to share what the Lord has commanded us to do at this moment in time. But I promise, as soon as I am I will shout it from the mountaintops! Even though I can't give exact details of how the Father is working in our family, I can encourage you to follow the Lord in obediance, no matter what it is he is asking of you. I promise that he has blessings just waiting to pour out on your life when you chose to follow him whole-heartedly.

..."'Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'"
Malachi 3:10b


Carrie said...

What a great post, Jessica!! I can't wait to see what God does in and through your sweet family!!!

With great anticipation,

Theresa Walker said...

Wow...just what I needed to read this afternoon. I know that our family has tried to listen to Him speak to us about lots of things, mostly where (geographically) we are supposed to be (and when). Praying that you can reveal your exciting news soon.
In Christ,

melanie said...

Waiting with anticipation, Jessica!! :) I'm so excited to have the opportunity to get to know you better this year. Love you, girl!

Rooney's Little Musings said...

Beautiful post Jessica!

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