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What Does God Want You To Do?

Today I just want to encourage you to follow God in whatever way He is leading. This might mean;

  • stepping out in faith to obey the Spirit’s prompting in service to Him that is outside of your comfort zone
  • responding with a “Here am I, send me!” attitude vs. procrastinating or asking “Why me? Can’t someone else do that?”
  • or by responding to the Spirit by repenting of some sin you are holding on to. The thing that entangles you; your hang up.

For me this morning, in my devotions, it was the latter.

I was in Psalm 50, where God calls His people together to expose their sin and this is what I read:

“…What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?”–Why are you paying me lip service?  Why are you quoting my law? You aren’t doing my will or my law.

“For you hate discipline and you cast my words behind you.”– You have no respect for God’s word. You hear and reject.

You give your mouth free reign for evil and your tongue frames deceit.”–A sinful tongue is not okay. Gossip, lying, boasting, complaining…they all have to go. (ouch! see yesterdays post about complaining in trials)

“These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like  yourself.”– your view of God determines your actions. Newsflash! God is not like us. He is holy.

But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. Mark this, you who FORGET God.”–God says that He is not okay with our sin. Living lawlessly is forgetting Him and His word.

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; the one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”–The heart is what God wants…not solely your actions,word or deeds. He wants your heart and your devotion. And a life lived “rightly” is one that remembers God’s will and word.

When I come to God’s word, it should be in order to change. I need to be willing to say no to my own flesh/desires and yes to what God desires. I need to be willing to change, and so do you, my friend. And it is hard, because our flesh looooves to hold on. We love to indulge ourselves and hate self denial (I am speaking of myself here, anyway.)

If you have children and are teaching them about God, don’t fall into the trap of failing to let it change you. Don’t let it bypass you, while you try to teach and apply it to your kids. That’s what the pharisees did. Take God’s word in to let it change you first! Being a “teacher” of God’s ways, but not an actual doer is a real danger and a common pitfall. It is one of the fastest ways to fall into the sin of pride of knowledge while failing to accept the grace of God.

So, how about you?  Is God prompting you to change something in your life? Whether it is controlling your tongue to being consistent teaching your kids God’s ways, just do it.

It is hard, I know. But just do it. Don’t hang on to things that are harmful to you in the end. God will help you to overcome.