A Life of Obedience

March 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Over a lifetime, we all make a multitude of decisions, and there’s typically a predominant factor governing each choice and action. In certain circumstances, we might be guided by reason or feelings; at other times, our main consideration could be desire, duty, or profit. For Christians, however, the primary basis of all decisions should be obedience to God.

But have you ever experienced situations when obeying the Lord conflicted with what you desired or considered reasonable? That’s probably how Joshua felt when God gave him what must have seemed like the strangest military strategy ever conceived: March around Jericho for six days; on the seventh day, circle it seven times; then blow the trumpet and shout, and the walls will fall down (Josh. 6:3-5). If you were the one to receive those orders, what would it take to obey?

We can learn from the way Joshua responded to God’s instructions. He’d seen the Lord keep His promises and knew nothing was outside His sovereign control. So a foundation of unwavering faith enabled Joshua to courageously submit and follow those instructions to the letter (Josh. 1:7; Josh. 24:15). That’s how you and I should follow God, too. Reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in the past will give us the courage we need to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This month’s devotions are written to help you walk obediently. I pray you’ll find encouragement to confidently trust and follow the Lord.


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3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.

4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead."

7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight--

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