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[S]ay unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. – Leviticus 19:2-4

In my youth I cringed to hear, “Because I’m your Mother, that’s why!” It didn’t seem a good enough reason. Even in post-graduate psychology class we studied Jean Piaget, a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher, and embraced his theory that the most noble reason to act is because it’s right not because we were told to do it.

God must not have read Piaget! No less than fourteen (14) times in just one chapter He gives his reason for obedience — “Because I’m your God, that’s why!”

— fritz@langgang.com

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Swallowing Frogs

God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. – Genesis 22:2b-3 (NIV)

Abraham was told to do something he really didn’t want to do – sacrifice his promised and long-awaited for son, Isaac. He did not put it off, drag his feet, or delay but arose early.

If you must do something you really don’t want to do, it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible. My dad had a saying, “If you have to swallow a frog it’s best not to look at him too long!”

True obedience is early obedience.

– fritz

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The idea that you can trust Christ and not intend to obey him is an illusion generated by the prevalence of an unbelieving “Christian culture.” In fact, you can no more trust Jesus and not intend to obey him than you could trust your doctor and your auto mechanic and not intend to follow their advice. If you don’t intend to follow their advice, you simply don’t trust them. Period.

– Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart, Pg. 95

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Taking Divine Opportunities

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. – Luke 5:17 (KJV)

There is a lot of meaning in small words like, “them”, which can be easily passed over by even the best scholars. The King James literally uses “them” whereas other interpretive versions paraphrase.

Luke emphasizes the point that when Jesus was gathered with the PhD’s (smart people) and the religious the power of God was available to heal “them”. But the only one healed was a poor uneducated paralytic carried in by four friends.

So, just having divine intervention available does NOT mean it is taken.

The focus of teaching must be experiencing. I want to learn, it is essential, but the purpose of learning is to experience – to move beyond knowing Jesus changes lives but to say, “Jesus, change me!”; beyond knowing Jesus heals but to say, “Lord, heal me in every way I need it and whatever it takes!”; to be a friend and help a friend experience Christ in every way possible.

– Fritz

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