Nothing demonstrates love for the Father better -- or pleases His heart more-- than an obedient godly life. Christians may say they love the Lord, but often their conduct tells another story. Although we will never attain perfection in this life, God rightly expects His children to exhibit a lifestyle of obedience. Honoring God however, means more than following His commands just to avoid sin's painful consequences--obedience should be the overflow of gratefulness for what Christ did on your behalf.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. FOR ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN AS THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERETH, AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY. But the word of the Lord ENDURETH FOR EVER. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch the beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOR AND HEAVY LADEN, AND i WILL GIVE YOU REST.
TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU, AND LEARN OF ME; FOR I AM MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART:
AND YE SHALL FIND REST UNTO YOUR SOULS.
FOR MY YOKE IS EASY, AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.
Just think-our God, who created the world and is Lord of all, wants us to find pleasure in our union with Him. His word teaches us that He "richly supplies us with all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 6:17). But the most important thing God has given us to enjoy is Himself. We are to find satisfaction in our elationship with Him.
The greatest praise and honor is reserved for those saints whose single desire is to humbly serve the Lord. While human nature craves attention and recognition, mature Christians know they must allow Christ to shine through every aspect of their lives. Humility is essential to leading a fruitful life and growing in Christlike character.
Although life's circumstance are continually changing, God's peace is a constant that's always available for those who seek His quieting touch. Our world offers peace in the form of financial security, possessions, or power. Even though these may appear reliable and concrete, they are ultimately an illusion. The simple yet accurate description of peace-the inner serenity that flows out of a right relationship with God. When you know that the Lord is with you, His power will bring a sustaining calm that will encourage your soul while delivering you through every storm.
How God decides to bless us is up to Him, but as believers, we can rejoice that whatever He gives is more than we can imagine or desire. Seeking the Lord provides us with wisdom, protection, and the joy of knowing that we're living a life of obedience. God is faithful to honor those who walk in humility and serve others.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where-unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Our Lord has given us a variety of appetites, one for our physical body for survival. Also a spiritual hunger.
Hungering for the Lord is a desire to know and draw closer to Him. Although some believers don't have this hunger,
because it lies dormant. They are saved but have no desire to know more. The longing for God can be awakened if we are willing to
to change our priorities and pursuits. To cultivate a desire for the Lord takes time, the joy we'll experience is lasting, and the rewards
are eternal. He will open your heart and mind to understand and desire Him even more. The more we are satisfied in Christ, the more we want of Him.
With God's Love,