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Life of obedience

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 The Christian life was not intended by God to be difficult. The Christ we made our Lord and Savior, lived a perfect, obedient, and sinless life, stands prepared to live His life through us. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20). The same is true with the will of God. He made it easy for us to discern His will for our lives. He has given us the Scriptures and in it we discover His will. The Holy Spirit’s presence within will guide us to His perfect will in every situation (see John 16:13). Our greatest challenge is to fully submit our lives to follow God’s will obediently as He reveals it. From the text, Moses gathered the Israelites around Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. God once again reminded them of how important it was that they follow God’s command. Obeying the command was not difficult for God’s word was with them. God gave them detailed instructions so there was no mistaking of what was expected of them. But they have to make the choice that they would obey His commands. If they chose to disobey, there will be consequence. The implication of their choice could lead to life or death. Choices made obeying God would mean being at peace would God and His blessings. Disobedience would lead to destruction and death (see Deuteronomy 30:17-18). God’s Word comes to us in the same way. God made it possible for us that we could understand His word. Our relationship with God means that we have the Holy spirit within and He will guide us into all truth (John 16:13). The question now is how do we respond to God’s revelation through His word? God will not let us to have excuses as to why we disobeyed for there are grave consequences to our disobedience. God, through His Holy Spirit, will always give us adequate revelation. He will also provide us the strength so we can take the next step of faith with Him. Always remember “the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.”


Noel De Guzman

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