Living by Rote - IN His Word 11-10-14

Living by Rote in His Word
Are you living by rote each day; walking through the day doing what needs to be done without much thought of what it is the Lord has given you this day to accomplish?
Are you taking on tasks without thinking of if it is His will at all for you to do them?
Do you put aside the desires of your heart to complete mindless tasks that are someone else’s job?
Let’s look in the Word today and see what it says about our lives and how we are to live them according to His plans and His will.

Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 12:28

It is the will of God that we do the right thing, but not just what we deem as right but what God says is right. Sometimes that is not what we think is the right thing to do. When we turn a blind eye to a brother or sister who are doing the wrong thing because we think we are ‘not getting involved’ or ‘causing trouble’ we are not doing what God would want us to do. When we are in doubt we need to go to God and ask Him what to do. He will give us the wisdom to follow and the truth to speak in love.

His Word is full of directions for each day, not like a fortune cookie or a horoscope but with truth and encouragement.

Just today while I was reading in one subject I came across another one that was the exact answer to what I was praying about a short time before. It was not even in my mind to look for the answer in the Word of God.
Yet, there it was in clear answer to my hearts cry!
The answer to a problem I was dealing with was right there in the scripture showing me that I was slacking in my part of this relationship. I think sometimes we don’t like the will of God working in our lives because it means we have to be held accountable to Him to achieve that which He has promised!

We need to observe all the words and obey all the words that He commands, or tells or shows us to do. How funny it is that we love it when we sing songs of blessings to us, but when it comes to obedience we shy away. It may take a tough love situation or it may mean we have to walk an extra mile to achieve what He has shown you to do today. It may take you standing on a street corner with a sign that says God loves you!
Or “I have failed in life but God still loves me”. Something that puts you out there for all to see your heart is not easy but sometimes that is what God says to do. For when we are weak in ourselves we can be stronger in Him.

Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 33:3-5

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
1 Corinthians 4:19

Paul talks here about wanting to bring unity back to the brothers and sisters in the Lord. He knew God’s will was to have peace with one another and that He was at work in his own life and that of the brethren.

It is God’s will that we not have strife with one another, but that we find a way to love one another. Ephesians 5 is full of wisdom in the Word.
 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  submitting to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:15-21

The Word gives us wisdom beyond measure but we have to choose to follow it and apply it to our lives today. Walk in the Word today and make it part of your daily desires, your daily plan, and your focus to walk in His will today.

Dear Heavenly Father; thank you for the instruction in Your Word, help us to apply it to our lives today, write it on our hearts that we may not only know it but that we may also live not just by rote but with purpose, in Your will in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 5:1-33, 1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Psalm 22:1-31, and Psalm 33:1-21