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Day 40 – Walking in Obedience

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

Why is it that the hardest thing for a Christian to do is to walk in obedience?  The Bible says the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41) God calls failing to walk in obedience rebellion. He went on to say that rebellion is witchcraft (I Samuel 15:23). I don’t know of any believer in Jesus that would knowingly participate in witchcraft. So to keep us from walking in what the Lord calls rebellion, we must learn then how to walk in obedience to the word of God.  To do this we must learn to live by the Spirit.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” 

Galatians 5:15 (NIV)

The eyes are the lamp of the body. If your eyes are fixed upon good things, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are fixed on bad things, your whole body will be full of darkness (Matthew 6:22-23).  Our eyes then, are the gateway to our soul for they reveal what is in us. If they are a gateway, then we must be careful about the things we allow to pass before our eyes. David kept his eyes fixed on the Sovereign Lord (Psalms 141:8). In Matthew (6:33) we are told to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. We know that Jesus is God’s righteousness revealed to us. So we are to seek Jesus and keep our eyes fixed upon Him. Our eyes cannot defile our body and cause us to sin if we are careful to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

It sounds easy, and yet, we live in this world and there are many things that compete for our attention. It seems that no matter what, there is always a distraction. If we sit down to read the Word or pray, the phone rings or the things we need to accomplish are suddenly the focus of our thoughts. When we learn to keep our eyes fixed on Him, then we will learn how we may walk in obedience.

Father God, I want my eyes to be fixed on you so that my whole being will be filled with Your light.  I desire to walk in the obedience of Christ.  Holy Spirit, I am asking for your help to do so now in Jesus’ name.

— Tari Topolski

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