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1-5th

Obedience Vs Sacrifice

 What is more pleasing to the lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22 NLT

The life of sacrifice is a life of demanding my rights and living as I wish. The life of obedience, though, is a response to God’s gracious invitation and is lived as an upward spiral of dependence and intimacy.

This is why Jesus didn’t say, “If you love me, sacrifice for me.” Instead He said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

This kind of obedience (as a response to divine love) always leads to intimacy and dependence. This is why obedience is better than sacrifice.

Ask the Holy Spirit to let you know whether there is any disobedience in your
life.

MEDITATION

A delayed obedience is no obedience at all.

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6 – 12th

Prayerless

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His presence continually!

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

From personal experience, I know that my prayer life can tends to be very shallow unless I deliberately and intentionally make the effort to deepen and develop it on daily basis.

Prayer is the chief exercise of faith.

Prayer was central to Abraham’s life.

What a simple yet fundamental principle that is as necessary for our spiritual life. Prayer must be central to our lives if we are serious about staying strong on this journey.

If you are feeling spiritually weak the hardest part is to identify what it is that keeps you from bringing your heart under the authority of the word of God. The easiest way to do this is to ask yourself why.

“Why don’t I want to pray?”

It might take a few minutes of reflection to work out what it is.

Once you’ve identified it, the next step is simple but difficult.

Confess that to the Lord as sin. When we see a sin for what it is and submit it to God then the power of that sin is broken and we are able to re-engage with the Lord.

MEDITATION

“Our busy schedules aren’t keeping us from prayer, our hearts are.”

– Jackie Hill Perry

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I hope you have been blessed!

I pray this Word – this Seed falls on the good soil and May The Lord answer your heart cry today, Amen!

#DailySeed

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