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Obedience~Obey the Lord. Those words can immediately instill self-condemnation, and lack of desire to Praise Jesus because we are immediately reminded of our failures in doing that. It can also become overwhelming because we immediately think of what we can’t do, or what we have to change in our lives, and God seems so much farther from us. Wrong Thinking…Wrong Response! Look at this: You find yourself at a place that you know you cannot handle another thing wrongly affecting your life so you turn to Jesus. He holds your tired body and you stay there. Every day you begin to turn to Him first in all things, you give yourself over to Him, you find that your desires to do things you normally would do and take part in, are diminishing. You only want Jesus, He guides you in reading the Bible with Him because He alone is your guiding Light. You find that just learning about Him on Sunday mornings from someone else isn’t enough anymore; you have fallen head over heels in love with Him. Your life is changing, you immediately find yourself doing things so “unlike” your old self, and you come to realize you don’t even truly know who you are because the Holy Spirit is now starting to actively mold you so that you will fit more fully into Jesus and become whom God had created you to become from the beginning of when He first chose you to be born. Obeying the Lord? Well, it becomes a part of you and the only way to respond is in immediate obedience because you want to stay where He is at. You have actively experienced Jesus and want more. You learn that one of the reasons why God wants you to obey is because only He knows what is truly going on in the physical and spiritual world around us so by obeying Him He is able to successfully lead us, and can continue to be our Shield by being able to keep us very close to Him. Then the Holy Spirit reveals a deep, seated truth to you: by obeying Him, He is able to bring you to a place that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God had prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10.) And then He tells you that your first act of obedience was actually when you first turned to Jesus for help! Don’t get stuck in the words and meaning, or the uncertainty they bring to your mind. May you have a wonderful, obedient week in Jesus so that He will be able to reveal to you the intimate depth of experiencing Him that no words can describe nor contain. :o)