DAY 5: LORD, HELP ME BE OBEDIENT – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

“When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,” – Matthew 1:24 ESV

DEVOTION

What made Joseph–Jesus’ earthly adopted dad–a great man of faith? The two words that come to mind are: “He did.” On several different occasions when Joseph is mentioned in the Bible his name is proceeded by an act of obedience.

“He did.” (Matt. 1:24)
“He took.” (Matt. 2:21)
“He rose.” (Matt. 2:24)

 Joseph was a man of obedience. Perhaps, that’s why Jesus selected him to have the tremendous honor of raising Him. Obedience is key. In fact, Jesus calls out the individuals who call Him Lord by name, but don’t have the obedience to match. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46 ESV)

Today is a great day to be obedient to whatever He is calling you to do. Remember, He promises to be with you along this journey (Matthew 28:20) and with Him, what can’t you do? Paul emphatically declares: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) If you’re struggling to obey today, you can ask the Holy Spirit to help for He promises to helps us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” – John 14:15–16 ESV

PRAYER

Lord, I need Your help today. Help me to hear Your voice clearly. And empower me to follow Your voice exactly. Help me not to swerve to the right or the left. Keep my foot away from evil. Lead me not into temptation. And protect me through it. I want to be obedient, even when it’s costly. And in the times when I don’t have that desire, do a work in me. Change my heart and renew my mind. Help to walk in obedience today! In Jesus name, amen

FITNESS