Today's My Utmost for His Highest devo says:
"You could read volumes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when five minutes of total, uncompromising obedience would make things as clear as sunlight. Don’t say, "I suppose I will understand these things someday!" You can understand them now. And it is not study that brings understanding to you, but obedience. Even the smallest bit of obedience opens heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours. Yet God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already. Beware of becoming one of the "wise and prudent." "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know . . ." John 7:17
Wow, that is power packed!
It's so true. I've said for a long time that I have notice how many Christian self help books women read without ever changing their lives. They just read and read. I have always tried to guard myself from doing that. How true that we can read a bunch of books about the work of the Spirit, yet never have the work of the Spirit manifested in our lives. How awesome to think that we can have the understanding NOW if we just listen to the voice of the Lord...truly hear, listen, obey. That's why the Lord says, "he who has an ear to hear..." because some really don't have an ear to hear. They technically physically hear but do not listen and obey.
Obedience is the key to an open heaven. Lord, please help me to hear you ever so clearly and have immediate obedience as my first response.
Just returning from Ft. Lauderdale. It was a good trip as usual. I worked on the computer all the way there and back on a project and finished just as we pulled in the driveway at home. When we came home Sally was cooking dinner. It was so good. Pistachio encrusted chicken, and lots of veggies to go along with it. We enjoyed a couple mile walk so now she's at the store and I'm blogging until it's time to get in the jacuzzi. I've been at co-horts in Lauderdale for 2 days but now it's back to the office tomorrow and playing catch up. I did work from the road but there's still so much to accomplish, only I know how much! In addition to my regular work I have 27 orders right now to fill of products, to send out. Somehow, we'll get it done.
Still waiting to hear back from the publisher on my latest book proposal. It's getting down to the wire with the response time. I keep telling myself maybe no news is good news but then again, the publishing business is so fraught with rejection I try to never get my hopes up. However, despite the rampant rejection, I do know my miracle is on the way. It's just moving slow, but it's headed toward me. And I made the decision back in August to turn down whatever else came my way that may compete with it, in order to receive it. Some may call me a fool for turning down something possible for something that many might deem impossible, or something requiring so much of a wait. But it's a matter of calling. The fact is, I'm as called to write as I am to pastor. That has become clear over the last year. So, it is with this knowing that I resolutely proceed. Obedience. That's the name of the game. Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus...but to trust and obey.