Psalm 92:12-14

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Psalm 92:12

When we are given an assignment and it turns out wonderfully, but it isn’t what the person assigning us the task communicated for us to do, is that success? In the world around us, there are many people who appear to be successful by man’s standards—fame, wealth, riches—but by God’s standards are complete failures. They missed the mark. They aren’t becoming what He intended for them to become.

If our desire in life is to obtain godly success, we must first get our assignment straight: What is God’s will for our lives? God’s will for everyone is to know Him and to develop a personal, intimate relationship with Him while becoming what He created each person to become. However, how that looks specifically in each person’s life varies.

For David, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the trials and struggles of becoming king of Israel. For Jonathan, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the tremendous sacrifice of yielding the throne to David. Godly success looked different in both these men’s lives, yet they both achieved it by following God’s will.

We establish ourselves as men and women of God if we are willing to hear and obey His will for our lives. It is the only way we can have true, godly success in our lives. It is the only way to measure success—are we doing what He has asked?

Father, establish me as a person who is willing to hear and obey Your will. Let me measure my success by doing what You have asked.

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One Response to HEARING and OBEYING

  1. Hearing and obeying God’s voice means you know which commandment is the Most Important One to Jesus. No it’s not “love.”

    Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
    Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from the Law of Moses.

    Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it? The one in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, or the one in Leviticus 19:18 ?

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [Mark 12:29-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5]

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22:37-38, Deuteronomy 6:5]

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”


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