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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Simple obedience

Here's what I know:  Never underestimate the far-reaching ramifications of simple obedience.
A powerful example of this is found in the life of Esther (in the Old Testament).
Esther remained faithful to God - and obedient to Him.
In the face of tremendous negative circumstances - her simple obedience saved a nation.
(I encourage you to read the book of Esther this week).
Esther "seized the moment" that God gave her.
Ask yourself this question:  What if this timid Jewish girl had been afraid to speak or too shy to say anything to the King?  The results would have been devastating.
If Esther had not been "simply obedient" there would be no Jewish people, there would be no birth of Jesus Christ, there would be no church, no apostles, no kingdom of God on earth - and you and I would not be connected to Christ. 
Do you see how important it is for you and I to remain obedient to God?
I encourage you today to never, ever resist the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit - to trust and to act.
Don't sell yourself short!  You can have an impact that will last throughout eternity by simply being obedient today!  You can make a difference!
Because of your obedience today:
Somebody may be in heaven.
Somebody may keep going when they are tempted to give up.
Somebody may be in church because of your life.
Somebody may be in ministry because you lived and prayed in a godly way.
I want to be like Dr. John Geddie, a Presbyterian missionary, who went to Aneityum, an island in the South Pacific in 1848 and worked there for God for 24 years.
On the tablet erected to his memory these words are inscribed:  When he landed, in 1848, there were no Christians.  When he left, in 1872, there were no heathen."
Just a thought for a Tuesday.

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