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Friday, December 6, 2013

Deciding To Say "Yes" To What God Says, Even Before He Speaks

In summary of Luke 8:15 it says, “The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit.”

Bottom Line:
The seed that fell on the good ground is like those who hear God’s teaching with good, honest hearts.  They obey it and then patiently produce good fruit.

What this means to me:
Taking in and absorbing God’s teaching, incorporating it into my life, being obedient to it no matter what; will enable me to produce good things, despite whatever situation life may bring me. God will speak to me if I’m going to do what he tells me to do, even before he tells me. My attitude should be, “God, if you want me to move, I’ll move. If you want me to _____, I’ll do ____. Before you even tell me, my answer will be ‘yes.’ Whatever you want me to do, I will do it.”  Luke 8:15 says, “The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit” (TEV).  The passage in Luke 8:4-15 speaks of four attitudes, of which I can experience all four in the same day.  At one moment I can be saying, “God, I don’t want to hear you, because I know what you’re going to say.” And the next moment I can say, “Lord, tell me quick”, hear it and think it’s good, but not do anything about it. Perhaps the fruit begins to bear in my life, but then I get busy with my job or school work, and the weeds grow up and take hold. Then other times I say, “God, whatever you want. I’m totally open to you.” God would want me to adopt the attitude of obedience. When I do, I can bear fruit (the biblical term for being successful.) Overall God wants me to be fruitful in my work, my family, my friendships, my health, and my relationship with Him and with others.  One hint I just learned this morning from Rick Warren in his Daily Hope devotional for Dec. 6th to help me accomplish this is that, I’ll bear fruit when God tells me something, I do it and then pass it on. This means when God tells me something, the quickest way to let it bear fruit in my life is to tell somebody else what I just learned. In summary, I can bear fruit by obediently doing what God is telling me with a willing attitude. Then I am to pass what I’m learning on to others.

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