So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. 1 Peter 1:13-15 MSG

The Bible means precisely what it says. God’s commandments are not offered as helpful hints or timely tips. God’s commandments are not suggestions; they are ironclad rules for living, rules that we disobey at our own risk.

The English clergyman Thomas Fuller observed, “He does not believe who does not live according to his beliefs.” These words are most certainly true. We may proclaim our beliefs to our hearts’ content, but our proclamations will mean nothing to others or to ourselves, unless we accompany our words with deeds that match. The sermons that we live are far more compelling than the ones we preach.

So today, do whatever you can to ensure that your thoughts and your deeds are pleasing to your Creator. Because you will, at some point in the future, be called to account for your actions. And the future may be sooner than you think.

– Steve Arterburn

The Fall is simply and solely Disobedience, doing what you have been told not to do: and it results from Pride, from being too big for your boots, forgetting your place, thinking that you are God. – C. S. Lewis

If I were asked to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

We all make messes in our lives through ignorance of God’s way. – Joyce Meyer

Obedience is the outward expression of your love of God. – Henry Blackaby

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. – Deuteronomy 13:4 NIV

Character builder
Be honest with yourself as you consider ways that you have, in the last few days, disobeyed God. Then, think about specific ways that you can be more obedient today.