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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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Holy Spirit

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)


As Christians, the only way we will be able to experience Christ in our lives and be fully used by Him is to obey the Word of our Father (John 8:31, John 14:15, 1 Peter 1:14-15). We need to put God first in all that we think, say and do throughout each day (1 John 5:21). One way to do this is to read the Bible every day. In fact, the maturity and success in the works of a Christian is directly correlated to how much of His Word we receive in our heart and how obedient we are to it (Matthew 4:4, Romans 14:11-12). If we do not read the Bible on a daily basis we will spiritually breakdown (Galatians 6:7-9). When this happens, we risk falling right back into the hands of the enemy. At that point, who knows what Satan can use to tickle our ears (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 2 Timothy 4:3-4).


To disobey God's Word is a sin and sin always separates us from God and His blessings. Remember, "partial" obedience is disobedience. Therefore, begin at once to read what His Word says (Psalm 119:105). At the same time give up anything that is not according to the will of God. God has brought us to Himself, and now, through reading all of the Bible, He speaks to us all the thoughts of His heart. The Word of God is alive, sharp and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). As we read, it becomes our spiritual food providing the nourishment and strength to do what is best for our lives (1 Peter 2:1-3).


Accepting the truth of the Good News is the first step towards God. To live in obedience to His Word is to walk with God. He gave us an earthly life through our mother's womb and everlasting life through His Son. His promises, grace and mercy exists to those who now walk with Him. Study His Word, live by them and be an example to others. As Oswald Chambers said, "We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. (My Utmost For His Highest)"


May we all realize that we need to love and respect our Father. May the Lord help us all in our efforts to be more obedient in His direction and more faithful in His promises.


Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Romans 13:12-14, Ephesians 4:17-20, 5:7-11, 1 Peter 2:9-12



Half-Hearted Commitment (by Greg Laurie)
Created Thursday, March 27, 2008