As I Obey

When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
~ John 15:10 [NLT]

Being obedient can be difficult to do without the right attitude. There is something deep down inside us that fights against submission and obedience. But in a loving relationship with God, our will becomes aligned with His will because He has our best in mind. Our heavenly Father takes joy in knowing we happily obey His requests of us. What is your attitude towards obedience? 

Jesus Lives

Resting in Him

Though you sit in darkness, I will be your Light. Sometimes you need to rest in the shadows. If you continue pushing yourself—ignoring how weary you are—you may collapse altogether. Many of My followers drive themselves to the point of exhaustion or utter discouragement, while pretending everything is all right. Your enemy the devil rejoices—even gloats—when he sees this happening. He understands the power of pretense to weaken My children till they are easy prey for him.

Do not panic when you have fallen, for you will rise again. Be content to sit in darkness while I refresh your spirit, mind, and body. I am as fully present with you when you are sitting as when you are standing or walking. Look for Me in the shadowy place where you find yourself now. I want to shelter and nurture you under My wings, where you will find refuge. While you are relaxing, I will be your Light—protecting, healing, and restoring you. 

When My work of restoration is finished, you can crawl out from under My wings: ready to rise again and continue your journey. My Presence will go with you, illuminating the way before you—strengthening and encouraging you. Hope in Me, My child, for you will again praise Me for the help of My Presence.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
~ Micah 7:8 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
~ 1 Peter 5:8

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
~ Psalm 91:4 

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. 
~ Psalm 42:5 [NASB]

Show Kindness

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.

~ Proverbs 14:31 [NLT]

God cares about the poor, oppressed and needy.  He is a God of justice.  We please our Maker when we show kindness to those in need.  Find one practical way to show compassion towards someone in your life today.

Evening Prayer

THE LORD CARES FOR THE NEEDY  
Deuteronomy 15:11; Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 19:17; Isaiah 25:1,4

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you may have a heart of compassion for the poor and needy. As the Lord loves them, may you also show the same love by extending kindness to those in need. I pray that you will be open handed toward the poor and needy around you. May you learn to look beyond your own situation, and be sensitive to the needs of others. I pray that you will receive God’s promise of a reward to those who are kind to the poor.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.