He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28 (NIV)
A Blessed Life
What must you do if you want my blessing to be on your life? That might seem like a difficult question. That might seem to be a question with an unknowable answer. Is it? Nothing could be further from the truth. You have made it quite simple and very obvious what I must do if I want your blessing to be on my life. For that, I am quite thankful. For that, I am exceptionally grateful. Let me hear your answer. If I want your blessing to be on my life I must hear and obey your word. That is correct.
So, what will you do to assure that you are both hearing and obeying my word? First, I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will not casually hear your word. I will not occasionally hear your word. I will make hearing your word the utmost and highest priority of my life. Why would I not? Why would anyone not want to hear from you? Why wouldn’t hearing your voice speaking to me be the burning and passionate desire of my heart? Why wouldn’t hearing from you be far above all other possible hopes or dreams of mine? So, you really and truly and passionately want to hear from me? Yes, I do. That is why I have set aside a daily time and place to meet with you. Our time together is carved into my schedule. That is very good. Yes, it is.
What about obeying my word, how are you going about obeying my word? I have learned a secret. What’s that? You have been changing my heart and transforming my mind as I met with you in your word. Your word has been forming the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. Your word has been molding and shaping me. Your word has been guarding and guiding me. Your word has fought like a sword, in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word is making me able to stand against temptation and fight against evil. Your word has given me the desire to hear and know and do your will. Your word is guiding the entire course of my life. Your word has been given me the powerful desire and strong ability to obey you. Why is that? As I continue to meet with you in your word my love for you grows stronger every day. I hunger and thirst for you. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. You have richly blessed my live by helping me to hear and obey you. You are my strength. You make me able to know and do your will. In that, I rejoice. In that, I give thanks. In that, I give you praise. Being able to hear and obey you has richly blessed my life. That is very good. Yes, it is.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. I will take your word deeply into my heart, mind and life. Every day I will meet with you in your word. I will obey your word. I will allow your word to form all my thoughts, words and actions. Guide my life by your word. Amen
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