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 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22

Again, this morning’s reading hit the gut. I was led to Obadiah 1:3 but was immediately brought to the attention of this verse in James.  I’ll be honest, I don’t always follow through in responding to God’s Word.  I rationalize, analyze, and try to figure things out before taking action. I know this is disobedience and I know the longer I walk in disobedience, I’m not only deceiving myself, but blowing off the Lord.

Lately, I’ve been less eager to obey. I haven’t wanted to take any action because of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of disappointment, and the list continues. My life is slowly being altered behind the scenes and so is my heart. I feel it and yet, I’m not responsive. It’s like there’s a part in me who wants the light but on the same hand, pushes it away.

When God speaks to us, we have a choice. A choice to respond or reject His message. When we respond in faith, stuff happens beyond our understanding. 

Honestly, this is easier for me to write than act. I’ve been lazy in my faith for a while now. I’ve done things on my own and watched it fall apart. I’ve been obedient to God’s call in the past and saw things fall apart. Now, I just don’t want to put forth any more effort into anything that will inevitably come to ruin.

I know there are things I need to sort out between me and God. I’m working through those things as I type. In the mean time, God wants my obedience more than my excuses.  Today, I’m ready to do whatever He asks of me.

God’s commands aren’t optional. He wants us to respond and act on what we hear. 

Will you respond and act today?

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