Maturity through Obedience

22 05 2015

11087581_sWe are in a series called maturity in our ever shifting atmosphere.  Last time we explored God-given maturity through relationship. Today we explore maturity through obedience in an ever shifting atmosphere.

Webster defines Obedience: to come into compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority. Listen to these words from Proverbs.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5 – 6

God invites us through relationship to trust and obey Him. Without relationship obedience is like an evil task master or an overbearing boss because this obedience is out of fear not relationship. What will get us through these ever shifting times as we await Messiah’s returns is listening to God and trusting him so we come into agreement (obey) him.

Recently God asked a curious thing of me, “not to leave the city limits of Portland, Oregon for a month” and because of our faith challengerelationship I have come into agreement with His request. It is a choice to obey and for me to obey is joy. During this time one friend said “it is like in Acts 1:4 when the disciples were told not to leave Jerusalem”. Another friend said “God is setting you apart”, while my husband and I believed in the beginning it was for my protection. I suspect some if not all of these are true!

Obedience can be tough and for me it has been. I can’t visit my daughters and grandkids who lives outside the city limits of Portland, I missed going to the big NDP event and worst of all I couldn’t get the items I needed to fix my husband’s sweater! Thank God for the internet.

The steps of obedience to God which lead to maturity are always a challenge as much as they can be an adventure, Father make them in this season pure joy!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Faithful and Obedient to the Bone!

5 11 2013

ElishaThis is the final post in the series: A Life like Elisha. His life teaches us many lessons. To begin this series go to September 28, Responding to New Assignments.  Today we see even after Elisha is dead and buried he is still affecting those around him, which is one of the earmarks of a man of faith.

To set the scene in 2 Kings 13:14 we see Elisha is very ill, before his death he speaks to the king of Israel about the enemy to the East and then Elisha dies and is buried.

“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body Jeursalemtouched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.”

2Ki 13:21

Reading this verse are you impacted by how God used Elisha even after death?  The legacy of faith lives on even in his bones. What kind of legacy will you be leaving? Though our bones may never raise someone from the dead, the legacy of your life can and does touch people for generations.

That son or daughter, that grand-child, the co-worker or neighbor you speak to in passing, you never know the legacy God intends to release long after your physical presence is gone. The key is staying in tune with God and allow him to use you however he wants to.

Even after his death Elisha’s faith and obedient was evident in his bones! Oh that you and I would have the faith and obedience of Elisha.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Obedience and Protection

26 10 2013

ElishaWe are in a series: A Life like Elisha. His life teaches us many lessons. To begin this series go to September 28, Responding to New Assignments. Last time we look at how important it is to be spiritually in tune with those around us, today we see God using Elisha’s prophetic gift to protect and guide his King.

To set the stage the King of Aram was at war with Israel. And every time the Arameans moved their camp the Lord used Elisha to warn the king of Israel, protecting the army. When King Aram inquired of his men, who was giving their position away his men replied.

“None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your faith challengebedroom.”

2Ki 6:12

Elisha was a man who was without sin and because God could trust him with key information, including visions of angels i.e. the hills full of horses and chariots all around protecting him from personal danger. God could save Israel from disaster and further more, brought peace between the two kingdoms.  Elisha was a man of God who would listen and obey, speaking only God’s word and adding nothing!

You and I may never be in the shoes of Elisha, but if we are obedient and trustworthy we may see the hand of God protecting others through us!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:
 
CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.
 
Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.
 
Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.
 
Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.
 
Beyond completejoy.org…
 
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Birthing Transition

20 10 2012

If you have ever expected a child, transition is everywhere. Today we are looking at the elements of a birthing transition through the life of Abram, who became the father of the nation of Israel.

“The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.

I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others.

I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you.”

Gen 12:1-3

Abram at the age of 135 was asked by the Lord to leave his country, his family, his relatives and go to the land the Lord was going to show him. Note Abram was not asked to break relationship with his wife, but rather the Lord expected him to take his barren wife with him and the break with his family was gentle for the Lord allowed his nephew Lot to accompany them.

Obedience to the Lord is the first step in a birthing transition. With this type of transition expect a separation for it allows room for the new life to grow.  The promises of the Lord have a purpose as well, for they serve to encourage you as you walk through this time of  transition. Patience is also critical for just as with the gestation of a human baby, a birthing transitions takes time and in the case of the nation of Israel, it took several generations.

Next time we will look at a rare but important transition, a covenant transition.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Resolve to Obey!

28 08 2012

The spirit is always moving, yet if we don’t choose to partner with him, it is of no consequence.  Today in this post we look at the resolve of Paul to obey God’s Spirit no matter the consequences.

 

“I don’t know what will happen to me in Jerusalem, but I must obey God’s Spirit and go there. But I don’t care what happens to me, as long as I finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do.”  Act 20:22-23 (CEV)

 

These are the words of Paul, who went through some very horrific things. He was jailed, whipped, beaten, stoned, and shipwrecked but all of this was of no consequence for his resolve to obey God’s Spirit overshadowed the physical and emotional cost!

 

Before his encounter with Christ Paul had been the one doing the persecuting, so he knew full well the cost, yet he had the resolve to obey. You and I may never endure such physical events as Paul, still there comes a time when all of us must find the resolve to obey the spirit no matter what comes.

 

When that moment comes, think about it now, will you have the resolve to obey, what will you do?

 

In our next post we will see the results of having the resolve to obey the Holy Spirit!

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

 

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