Trust, Listen, Obey

Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding.
–Proverbs 3:5

Listen

It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
–Matthew 4:4

Obey

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.
–1 Samuel 15:22

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9 thoughts on “Trust, Listen, Obey

  1. chicagoja

    Trust and believe in God – absolutely. Obey? It would be better to use words like “choose the path of God” than obey. God never intended that we obey him, like a child might obey their parent. He gave us free will so that we could learn to make correct choices, rather than following blindly. A man who follows blindly never knows where he’s going and if he stumbles off the path, he’s apt to get lost. In the end, we’re suppose to act like God, not just follow him.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Are you offended by a God that wants your obedience?

      You’re right God doesn’t force us to do anything and He wants us to become more like Him. That’s what we are called to – to be confirmed to the image of His Son. (Rom 8:29)

      Only by heeding the voice of God and making the decision to not only obey but submit our will to His and allow His power to change us can we be transformed to the likeness of Jesus.

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      1. chicagoja

        Offended, absolutely not. Just passing on my belief system which is based on divine revelation. Truth is a wonderful thing. Everybody’s got one.

  2. robin claire

    When I was a child it was…
    “Obey me so I will feel better. I don’t give a rat’s a** how you might feel – but I will feel better. And that’s all that counts.”

    But with God it’s …
    “Obey me because it will make YOU feel better. This is why I want you to obey me – because, after all the obeying-dust settles, you will find that what I wanted you to do will make YOU will feel better. And I want YOU to feel better because I love YOU.”

    I’m pretty sure you understand this yourself, but I just learned this the other day. Obeying God is TOTALLY DIFFERENT than obeying my mean and cruel parents. Who never loved me – and never (they’re both dead now) never will”
    love you
    robin claire

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  3. Freedomborn

    They have also now stoped me from putting a Like on your Blog now Justin ( silly games people play ) but I can give you a smilie or two because I very much Like your heart focus 😀 😀

    I decided to answer your question on this Post Justin as Proverbs 3:5-6 was the first Rhema Scripture that God gave me when I first choice to seek Him. Your Mother is a very good writer and I agree with her, in the flesh there is much grey because we cannot understand the things of God, we do not have the mind of Christ, this is why we must put our flesh to death and mature in Christ Jesus. God tells us that it is only His Truth that leads to freedom, all man’s worldly understanding leads to bondage, this is why we must ask for His wisdom and not depend on our own or anyone else’s fleshy reasoning, logic or understanding, they are polluted.

    Wisdom, is a gift we ask for like King Solomon did, we are not born with it, we need to humble ourselves like a child and accept it giving God thanks and not doubting we have received it and then as we walk in His Truth we increase in insight and knowledge, and like seeds that grow, they are watered with God’s Love.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-gaining-of-wisdom/

    We learn each day but it’s through the empowering of The Holy Spirit 1Corinthians2:9-16 as Jesus our only Teacher leads us to full understanding.1John 2:26-28. Before I received God’s wisdom Justin as I shared about on your other Post, sadly my own fleshy wisdom which was based on worldly understanding, reasoning and logic it had no True foundation, no roots, which is the same as everyone’s else’s, it is corrupted by our life experiences and our own fleshy focus, so there is much grey but with God there is none.

    With His wisdom which in it’s self is complete as The Holy Spirit is complete, we can understand what we learn with Godly insight, discernment, reasoning and logic, man’s own understanding just puffs us up and causes fleshy pride. Also it is not Love, not to correct someone who is in error, because all error has danger and often leads to confusion and then sin. To have life changing thoughts and beliefs, we do indeed need God’s wisdom,

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Proverbs 23 : 7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

    Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

    Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  4. Justin Post author

    Amen to God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit that brings it. Thanks for sharing, those scriptures are great. 🙂 Prov 3:5 is one that God has continuously spoken to me through. I’m curious what you mean exactly by the term “rhema scripture”?

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  5. nopew

    Some of this is about the order of the verses you share. On a mundane level, I trust my boss (been proven time and again) so I listen to the direction, advice and orders he gives, and I obey them because; 1. He’s the boss; 2. he sees the big picture; 3. he gets enough hassle from others he doesn’t me micro-managing the Region; 4. I trust him.
    Following God should be pretty much the same, eh?

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