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Obedience (Just Do It)

21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Obedience (Just Do It)
Obedience is not just for children; it’s for adults too!  Its purpose is to secure prosperity and protection in our lives (Job 36:11). Obedience is listening to instruction and taking action on that instruction.  There are times when we have to obey the Lord when we don’t understand why (Genesis 22:12).  A lot of people don’t understand why the Lord gave us the Commandments.  These laws are not designed to confine us; instead, they were written to protect us.  The Commandments are an overflow of God’s love toward us (Deuteronomy 28:1-15).  When we obey the Lord, two things happen; God blesses you and another person because of your listening to the Lord.  A small step of obedience is a giant step toward a gigantic blessing.  However, we disobey, that places us in the territory of the enemy.
Disobedience
Its purpose is to cause lack, loss and destruction (Romans 7:12). It also causes curses, and it will cause you and other people around you to loose out on the blessing of the Lord.  Disobedience hinders our faith too (Deuteronomy 30:12).  Our obedience and disobedience determines the atmosphere for specific kinds of activity in our lives.  For example, temptation is an atmosphere that can cause us to disobey the Lord.  That is why it’s important to stay saturated in His Word (and His presence) so that we don’t yield to temptation.
Obey Big and Watch Victory Manifest Your Life
Obey the Lord in a big way!  The devil wants to steal your blessing when He tempts you to disobey.  Never compromise obedience and your blessing.  Your life depends on it.  Remember Abraham?  Instead of waiting for Isaac to be born, he stepped out of God’s will to make his own blessing, and that’s how Ishmael came into the picture.  Today, the world is still dealing with Abraham’s action.  We have to pre-decide not to sin against the Lord.  The good news is that we have the power to obey God (Luke 17:16) because Jesus Christ took away all of our sins.  Further, He prays that we will obey (John 16:33).  Finally, Jesus gave us authority to overcome the enemy.  In Luke 10:18-20 (The Message Bible), Jesus says   “…I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that’s the agenda for rejoicing.
Obey the Lord so you can live a good life.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity

Fact: Whether you realize it or not, your attitude says a lot about you.  It reveals if you are mature, stable, and positive…..or not.
Faith by Face
As a Christian, your face is the first line of ministry.  When you walk around frowning, how do you think people perceive you?  Smiling is not a preference; it’s a command and a learned habit (Proverbs 15:13; Hebrews 10:25).  Single people, by smiling, you are demonstrating a faith attitude, and that is a key to getting married!  Don’t scare people away with a mean, frowning face.
Smiling provides feedback; it also affects your favor.  Your face is an advertisement for God.  Show your joy because He has already given you everything you need.  Smile because Holy Spirit is your best friend.  He is a gift from the Lord.  Smile because the Lord has given you authority to rule over issues of the earth!
Frowning
When we frown, it reflects an unthankful attitude and lack of faith.   You get rid of frowning by filling your mind with faith thoughts and prayer.   People often frown because they reflect on negative things that have happened in their lives.  Instead, thank God that He delivered you!  Let go of the past, learn the lesson and forget the details (Proverbs 17:22, Nehemiah 8:10).   Frowning can often lead to complaining.  When people spend all of their time complaining, gossiping and talking about others, it reveals that they are not happy.  Fight frowns by being aggressively happy.
The Lord gave you the ability to smile because He wants you to be able to reflect your happiness and His goodness in your life.  Your simple, friendly smile can be the very tool that draws people to the kingdom of the Lord.  When people get saved, delivered and healed, isn’t that something worth smiling about?
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Faithfulness to the Lord
 
There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to depend on a person who cannot be counted on.  On the other hand, there is nothing more reassuring than having a person in your life that you can call on for anything!  The Lord wants to be able to depend on us to be faithful to Him so He can give us more.  Are you faithful to the Lord?  One way to find out is by looking at your church attendance.
When we are faithful to coming to church, it strengthens the corporate anointing (Hebrews 10:23).   Consistent church attendance is the foundation of spiritual maturity.  However, satan wants to steal our blessing, so he tries to knock the love and commitment out of our hearts (2 Timothy 4:2).  Faithfulness shows a willingness to take responsibility, a desire for consistency and finishing faith.  When we are committed to the Lord, we are keeping His treasure safe.  Our commitment to Him is a reflection of our loyalty because we are defending the assignment that He gave us.  If we are faithful, God will take care of us.
The Pure Heart (which is to be laid on top of faithfulness)
A mature person knows him or herself.  A mature person is transparent. Mature people show love without a hidden agenda, and they display the acts of God’s love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:16).  Even though salvation brings the saving of our spirits, but we have to work on our flesh daily.  The spirit of the flesh is at work in all of us, so that’s why it is important to build our spirit man up so we can override the cravings of our flesh. When our hearts are pure, we judge ourselves first to make sure that we are lining up with the Word.  When we know ourselves and examine our selves spiritually, we gain self-discipline (2 Timothy 2:7).
The Un-pure Heart
The un-pure heart has everything inside of it that pulls us away from the Lord.   The un-pure heart leads people to be immature, selfish, critical and always carries a hidden agenda. It’s wise to stay away from the critical/judgmental spirit because it robs us of our blessing (2 Timothy 2:5).  Also, the un-pure heart is manipulative and seeks to please itself.  In Psalm 51:10, King David prayed that the Lord would create a new heart in Him.  Let the Lord do the same for you so you can experience all His goodness in your life.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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