THE BAD ATTITUDE OBEYER

One of the devil’s favorite techniques is to tell us to obey God and then to give his own definition as to what that looks like.
This puts us in a bind in which we feel disobedient if we don’t proceed but then mess up our lives if we try according to the devil’s description of what, forgiveness, turn the other cheek, or integrity look like.
Today I’d like to talk about the obedient bad attitude son.
You might ask why I find this topic comforting. Well, obviously, I like to remember that God sees my obedience as a good thing even when I’m not all that “pumped” to do it. Which is most of the time.
Matthew 21:28 One day a dad went out to work and asked bad attitude son to help. “No way” was his reply. Then he asked the good attitude son who replied ” in a minute dad.” Then the bad attitude son showed up and worked hard all day and the good attitude son never showed up. You figure out which one did the will of his father.
The devil suggests that it is hypocrisy to obey when we don’t want to or can’t see how it would work or don’t feel worthy. (See my blog on the definition of faith.) It is enough to have a picture of God’s principles in action and then to move your body members in accordance with this picture. Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
In fact THOSE THINGS I LEAST WANT TO DO, but do because He asks me to, THESE PROVE LOVE MORE THAN THOSE THAT BUBBLE OUT OF ME.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s OK to enjoy serving the Lord, but don’t wait till it all comes natural. I can teach and propound on God’s word and help His struggling children apply His wisdom to their situations with no struggle and with great enjoyment. However when I fast,pray or knock on doors, then the Lord knows how much I love Him. Don’t judge others or let them judge you when you find some obedience easier than they do, or they find some obedience easier than you do. I remember when, by grace beyond myself, I had managed to fast for 30 days. I ran into someone who said, “yeah, I do that all the time, it’s fun isn’t it?” I had to run to the Lord, who assured me that He was aware that I hadn’t found it fun but that He appreciated it because it was a sacrifice. (I did find it beneficial.)
2 Samuel 24:24 Neither will I offer offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.

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