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Lord Help Me to Obey You

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Learning to Obey our Lord with gladness and joy can be difficult.

We learn to obey and disobey from our childhood, through interactions with our parents, our teachers, our coaches, and so on… Unfortunately for all of us, we naturally lean towards disobeying!

Recently we have been even more intentional in the language we use when we discipline our two-year-old. Of course, I’ve always tried to use positive, “nice words” and as a former teacher, I thought I was doing pretty well. But after reading Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp, I realized the great importance of teaching my child to obey us.

I wholeheartedly recommend this parenting book if you want to parent according to the way God calls us to.

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Learning to obey starts early

I thought it was okay to let things slide when my 2-year-old daughter would disobey. I learned though that when I allow my daughter to disobey, I am putting her in a dangerous position because God has commanded children to obey their parents. I also realized that I am building bad habits early on that will carry throughout her whole life, and someday may affect her relationship with Christ.

So, when she isn’t obeying right away, I say something along the lines of “You need to obey Mommy. What does God say? God tells you to obey.”

And as I just said this a couple of minutes ago and she came forward in obedience, I thought, “man I wish I had someone telling me to obey like this. I know God tells me to obey in certain situations and I don’t. I need someone following me around telling me to obey God.”

I’m not kidding, I really thought that.

Ok not this kind of following. Remember Brainy from hey Arnold!?

We do Have someone Helping Us Obey the Lord, The Holy Spirit!

Then immediately God convicted me and reminded me of this great truth: I do have someone helping me obey! The Holy Spirit does exactly that.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).

The Holy Spirit is literally named the Helper. He helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26). And as John 14:26 tells us, the Spirit teaches us and reminds us of all that Jesus taught…including commandments. So not only will we remember them but by the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16) through Jesus Christ we can obey God’s commandments and not live by our flesh (Galatians 5:16). We don’t naturally have the desire to obey, just like my daughter doesn’t. But when we are born again, we are given a new nature (Ephesians 4:24; Ezekiel 36:26-27) and His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).

It’s amazing watching my daughter obey. She’s a two year old born into sin so I’m not trying to pretend that she does it right away or does this every time. But most times when I ask her what the Lord says about obeying me, she will obey. I will often say, “Do you love God?” And she will say, “yes.” And then I will say something like, “Well God tells you to obey Mommy.” And this usually results in obedience. It is the exact picture of John 14:15 and I can definitely learn from her.

Do We Trust on The Spirit to Help Us to Obey the Lord?

In John 16 Jesus tells us it is to our advantage that He goes away because then the Helper will come. Do we view the Holy Spirit in this way? I sometimes think about how amazing it would have been to walk around with Jesus, learning from Him. I also wonder if I would be doing certain behaviors if Jesus were in the same room with me. But my heart doesn’t fully grasp the beauty of the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside me. It as if Jesus were in the room with me!

So, I do have someone around me at all times telling me to obey. The Holy Spirit guides us in truth (John 16:13), bringing God’s words (and commands) to our minds, and empowers us to obey. He is better than the Helper I was hoping for.

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

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