Obedience: Continuing the Path Faith Initiated

We live in the country, so, it’s no big deal to see deer all over our yard at any given time of day. Our dogs go nuts…every…single…time. You would think they’d be unimpressed by now, but, no, they lose their minds howling and barking and smacking against the gate trying to get to them.

A few nights ago, one of our dogs decided she wanted to chase deer and enacted a highly deceptive plan. Well, basically, she stood at the gate and barked twice, which is her signal that she needs to go #2.  As soon as my son opened the gate for her, off she ran full speed toward our barn. We thought for sure it would be a while before we’d see her again; but, no sooner had she hit the edge of the darkness, she stopped and ran full pace back to the porch!! The big chicken. Her initial desire to chase the deer was so much stronger than her desire to continue the pursuit. Plus, she knew she’d get a hoof to the face.

This SO resembles my walk with God sometimes.

God offers an opportunity for me to step out in faith and I run to the gate, ready to go. But, once I step out, I get spooked and fail to walk with Him in Obedience.

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Continuing to trust God’s direction and not letting go of His hand. Persistently taking step after step to the end. This process brings life change, spiritual growth and, God’s unmatchable peace.

But, I don’t get those things.

Quitters who do not persistently take step after step to the end do not get the reward of obedience. Instead, I get to live with regret and excuses and the mental torment that comes from knowing I let my own inhibitions psych me out and send me running back to the porch.

I love Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthian Church.

“And I give this advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago: but now you also must complete the doing of it…”  2 Corinthians 8:10-11

 

Step out in Faith~Walk in Obedience

What has God called you to that you allow fear to rob from you?

Psalm 128:1

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him”

 

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