How Obedience Will Make You Avoid Evil

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Daily Reading: Zechariah 9-11 GW; Romans 16 GW

Obedience protects.

Pick a topic: relationships, money, work.  The Bible has a lot to say about all of those and many more.  Did you know the big book talks more about handling money than salvation?  Probably because money is something we all need to manage.  Unfortunately, the love of money gets you into trouble.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10 ESV)

Notice, “love of money” is the problem, not money itself.  If you follow the principles in the Bible about money, you will learn how to manage money instead of letting money manage you.

Become obedient.

Obedience isn’t a one-time thing; it’s a constant becoming.  Whether you’re putting your finances in order or trying to have healthier relationships, it doesn’t all happen at once.  Taking repeated steps in the right direction pays off in the long run.

God’s word gives us practical advice on how to live.  Not because God doesn’t want us to have fun, but because He’s protecting us from ourselves.  Before I became obedient with my finances, I was up to my eyeballs in debt, losing sleep at night, wondering how I was going to pay my bills.  God’s peace was far from me because money was managing me.  Not until I became obedient to what God said did I begin to control money.

Whatever your struggle, find out what God’s word says.  If you are having relational issues, Google “Scripture on relationships,” you’ll find plenty.  You can do the same thing, no matter what the topic.  Compare different translations of the same verse so you can better understand what it’s saying.  Pick one that resonates with you, make the verse your screensaver, or write it somewhere you will see it often.  Allow the words to become part of you as you put them into practice.  Watch how God uses it in your life for good, not evil.

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Lord, thank You for having an answer to all of our problems.  Forgive us for not wanting to know what You have to say.  As we search the scriptures for answers, they lead us exactly where we need to go.  Help us become more obedient to Your word every day.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

What Google search do you need to do today?

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