Obedience Reloaded: Part Two
LOVE THAT GROWS WITHIN
A collection of devotional series for women
BY LUCIA BRACHO
“And without faith living within us, it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)
Do you have a strong “emunah”?
It is impossible for us to move forward in God's path already set before us, if we are not rooted in our firm foundation. We ought to have the capacity to trust him without borders, to have our gaze fixed on the heavenly realm. A big part of trusting God comes by believing in Him, i.e. To have Emunah.
The Hebrew translation for “faith” conceptualizes the term as firmness in action. However, the Ancient Hebrew Research Center denotes that, “to have faith in Elohiym is not knowing that Elohiym exists or knowing that he will act, rather it is that the one with emunah will act with firmness toward Elohiym's will.” Is our emunah strong enough to move mountains? To endure trials? To remain unshakeable?
Your obedience determines your legacy
On Mother’s day, Pastor Alli Munsey from City Church Chicago preached an amazing message underlining that there is more for us and our future generations. I agree with her. The Bible tells us in Philippians 1:6, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Hence, our submission towards God’s commandments will set the pace for our purpose and the generations to come.
Walking under the promise
As previously mentioned in the first part of this chapter, Abraham’s obedience led him to God’s promise, consequently appointing him as “the father of nations.”
When I asked Stephanie Bustamante, (missionary, leader, and friend) how submission was represented in her life, she replied without hesitation, “Submission to me means laying down my life every day to obey His will and direction. Submission can be very difficult, painful, and uncomfortable but it is how I can fully honor this life He has given me.” It’s a tough love kind of relationship but with the perks of walking to eternity. The same God of Abraham is the same God now and will be forever (Hebrews 13:8).
He is able to do the impossible (Luke 18:27), He will exceed our expectations--as He always does--and He will direct us as we surrender and trust Him: It all stems for praying, listening, and obeying.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3
In my last year as a follower of Christ, I’ve come up with the conclusion that, following Jesus is quite simple, it’s like following a trail of footsteps in the snow. We--and our flesh--are the ones who make it hard. Therefore, I designed three practical steps to apply in our walk with Jesus:
1- Ask God to be part of your routine: Include him in every decision, he longs to hear what’s cooking in your mind and no better way than Jesus way!
2- Listen to his voice: In a world of distortion, find the voice of truth. Tune in with your Creator! Abba knows best!
3- Pray unceasingly: Just because it hasn’t happened, it doesn’t mean he won’t do it! Be persistent, and bring all your petitions to God with thanksgiving.
Prayer of the week
Dear God, as I deep dive into my calling, I invite you to be part of every detail of my life. To increase my faith and trust in you, and direct me to walk aligned with your plans and under your wings. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.