Tag Archives: obedience

Scripture at Sunrise 8.14.2018

And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.” -1 Kings 11:39

In the family of grace there is discipline, and that discipline is severe enough to make it an evil and a bitter thing to sin. Solomon, turned aside by his foreign wives, had set up other gods and grievously provoked the God of his father; therefore, ten parts out of twelve of the kingdom were rent away and set up as a rival state. This was a sore affliction to the house of David, and it came upon that dynasty distinctly from the hand of God, as the result of unholy conduct. The Lord will chasten His best beloved servants if they cease from full obedience to His laws: perhaps at this very hour such chastening is upon us. Let us humbly cry, “O Lord, show me wherefore thou contendest with me.”

What a sweet saving clause is that—”but not for ever”! The punishment of sin is everlasting, but the fatherly chastisement of it in a child of God is but for a season. The sickness, the poverty, the depression of spirit, will pass away when they have had their intended effect. Remember, we are not under law but under grace. The rod may make us smart, but the sword shall not make us die. Our present grief is meant to bring us to repentance that we may not be destroyed with the wicked.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.7.2018

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” -Joshua 1:7

Yes, the Lord will be with us in our holy war, but He demands of us that we strictly follow His rules. Our victories will very much depend upon our obeying Him with all our heart, throwing strength and courage into the actions of our faith. If we are halfhearted we cannot expect more than half a blessing.

We must obey the Lord with care and thoughtfulness. “Observe to do” is the phrase used, and it is full of meaning. This is referred to every part of the divine will; we must obey with universal readiness. Our rule of conduct is “according to all the law.” We may not pick and choose, but we must take the Lord’s commands as they come, one and all. In all this we must go on with exactness and constancy. Ours is to be a straightforward course which bends neither to the right nor to the left. We are not to err by being more rigid than the law, nor turn out of levity to a more See and easy way. With such obedience there will come spiritual prosperity. O Lord, help us to see if it be not even so! We shall not test Thy promise in vain.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 4.12.2018

ThursdayTheologicalTweet

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.” -Deuteronomy 28:2

Obeying God is not the death of your happiness. It is the death of everything that keeps you from full and lasting happiness. -Desiring God via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 3.29.2018

ThursdayTheologicalTweet

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:7
Courage is facing your heart’s greatest nightmare and doing the right thing anyway. -Tim Keller via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 2.6.2018

“If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city.” -Deuteronomy 28:2-3

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping His commandments there is great reward.”

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 12.13.2017

“If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:31-32

“The more you grow in the truth of Christ, the more freedom you experience. Grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word. If you love Him, you will keep His commandments.” -excerpts from Steve Wainright’s 12/10 evening sermon