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Scripture Of The Day:  John 14:23(NKJV)

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. – John 14:23(NKJV)

We Love Him By Obeying Him

Greetings Christlike Ministries NWA Family,

It’s time for the Christlike Ministries NWA Daily Devotional for Thursday January 22, 2015.  So, let’s look once again at our Scripture of the Day, and see what the Lord would have to say to us today.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. – John 14:23(NKJV)

Do you know why I bother at all with Christlike Ministries NWA?  Do you know why that no matter who takes me or my ministry seriously I continue in it whether it’s popular or not?  Do you know why I’ve penned almost 400 messages, and have been doing this for nearly 3 years?  Do you know why I have a WordPress page, a Facebook page and group, have a ministry Twitter account, and am scattered on other social networks sites like LinkedIn and Google+?

One word: Obedience.

I wasn’t always obedient to the Lord because it took me eleven years to finally obey Him, and say “yes” to the call of ministry on my life. I didn’t always want to do this because I didn’t think I had the ability to do any good for the Kingdom, and I never thought that I’d have the audience that I do today. I certainly never thought I’d be able to write like I do, but almost three years ago I finally decided to obey God…and what’s happened since is nothing short of amazing to me.

It’s out of obedience that I have launched this ministry everywhere I’ve got it, and it’s out of obedience that I sit in front of this computer today to pen another message.  It’s out of obedience that I put what will be the first teaching series of 2015 to a vote.  It’s out of obedience that I’ve sought financial help from you, my followers for what God’s wanting me to do with the ministry, and it’s out of obedience that Christlike Ministries NWA exists today.

I love the Lord, and I can’t help but to do this because this is what He’s called me to do, and no matter who thinks differently or takes me seriously isn’t important to me.  What is important to me is that I prove my love for the Lord, that I serve God out of a desire to please and obey Him, and the fact that my ministry has grown like it has shows me that He is pleased with me and that I’ve found favor in His sight because I’ve answered His call.

What is God asking you to do?  Let me exhort and encourage you today to lovingly obey His Word and His voice.  After all, I’ll close and give Jesus the last words because it’s Him that said them…and if He said them then you can take it to the bank He meant what He said.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. – John 14:23(NKJV)

Let’s Pray:

Father God, thank You for speaking to us through Your Word. We ask You for the courage and willingness to obey whatever it is You are asking us to do.  We know that if You are calling us to do something we’re already qualified, and that You will help us accomplish all that You have set forth for us to do. Help us to trust and obey You every step of the way, and remind us that by trusting and obeying You we affirm our love for You.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen & Amen

In Closing:

Remember that God doesn’t call the qualified He qualifies the called, and that if He’s chosen you to do something He will give you the ability to do it.  It’s up to us to trust and obey Him, and it’s up to Him to produce the results. I often come back to this simple, but old hymn that always rings true.

“Trust and obey…for it is the only way.”

Blessings & Grace to you.

Pastor B

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