God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Saturday, November 4, 2006prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.Alone I stand before God
Obedience. Who is called to be obedient? I am.
We are not our own. He paid the price for us. Obedience is an act of relationship in Him. We are not apart from the body of Christ, and each choice we make has a ripple effect. This is true. But the most important ripple is in relationship to Him.
I am watching a situation right now. I know all the parties involved and love them. I have encouraged, as best I could, to stand firm ‘God hates divorce.’ But the parties have made other decisions. (in Germany it takes an entire year for a divorce to be complete – in Texas only 3 months)
Does that change the Truth? Does that change my own decision making process? Oh my goodness! I pray not! Does it change my love for them? Oh my goodness! I pray not!
God’s ‘rules’ are not RULES! Now, let me repeat that. The standards that are set down in the word of God are set down for a reason. They are to call us to Him. He will not force us to act on them. He will not, He will not, He will not. They are offerings.
“If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.” Oswald Chambers
Jesus walked with His disciples sharing parables. One such parable most believers have heard since they were children, ‘Sowing Seeds’.
If you have forgotten, He shared the mystery first with the multitude. Many were confused by His words. After sharing with the multitude His followers questioned Him more specifically and He shared the insights with them.
13-20 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? And how will you understand all the parables?
“The sower sows the word.
(seed fell beside the road)
“And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.
(seed fell on the rocky ground)
“And in a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who when they hear the word immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
(seed fell among the thorns)
“ And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word and it becomes unfruitful.
(seed fell into the good soil)
“And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it, and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
“HE WHO HAS EARS, LET HIM HEAR!” Mark 4:9
On page 57 in my New Testament, there is much ink, there are many tear stains. I have underlined on this page of my Bible the words that are in BOLD in this blog. They are words that I have cried over during midnight meditations.
I had to beg Him to keep me from being unfruitful. I didn’t want the road He was calling me down. I did not and still do not believe in divorce. I made a covenent with God and would not file for a divorce. I didn’t want to be the ex-wife of an unfaithful husband. I didn’t want it – It was THORNY! Worry sometimes overtook me – that has been my grip! I worried and worried and worried. I remember one night in particular (the night that I underlined each word separately "He who has ears, let him hear" - In my journal I wrote, "Oh God please let me listen and hear godly counsel."
Moment by moment he gently pried each of my fingers away from the ‘worries of this world.’ How? In obedience I came and begged Him to. I didn’t want to be unfruitful. That was the word that sent shivers up my spine. Has my grip completely loosened – No! But, I relish in my time with Him, and He is doing it moment by moment still.
“The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone else in competition with Him, myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfill my spiritual destiny.” Oswald Chambers
The word muss - must in German is a power word. It means something that rises up within us. It is a word that defines character.
Alone I stand before God. No one else, just me, standing there, holding my choices.
It does not matter at that point what anyone else has decided to do.
It does not matter what anyone else has chosen.
It does not matter what anyone else has said to do and then done differently themselves.
It only matters – did I obey?
Did I trust Him with His standards?
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Saturday, November 04, 2006
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.