AMPLIFY: God's Word
Lesson 11: Obedience That Leads to Life
Lesson 11, Devotion 1
In your room or someplace privet, set a timer for three minutes. Now stand up, and do as many jumping jacks as you can in that time. While you are exercising, try to see what you notice going on around you. Do it.
Now that you're finished, what are your first thoughts? What did you hear while you were doing Jumping Jacks? What did you see? How are your heart rate and breathing afterward?
Now set your timer for three minutes again and sit down. Silently, with no distractions. Keeps your eyes and ears open. In this time see all that you can take in and notice.
Now that you're done, what are your first thoughts? What did you hear and see this time? What are your heart rate and breathing like?
What was the difference in what you noticed and took in during exercise and sitting still?
You may have heard the Bible verse from the Psalms that says, "Be still and know that I am God." However, you are wondering what this has to do with obedience? Our relationship with God is described in the Bible as a "walk," not a "sprint." Do you remember that when we looked at Deuteronomy 5:33 this week? That's because when we don't slow down enough to get to know God well, we can't trust in knowing Him well.
When we don't know God, it's harder to follow His commands, because it feels like a list of "rules" instead of a way to be in a better relationship with Him. How many of God's commands do you really know? Take the time today to discover one more of God's commands. Pray the Lord would help you follow Him because you want a deep relationship with Him.
Lesson 11, Devotion 2
Today's devotion is pretty simple, but you have to agree to do it several times today. Ready?
Read this Quote:
"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!"
- Benjamin Franklin
I don't know about you, but when I first read that it was hard to hear. Basically, it's saying, a lot of people are willing to celebrate Jesus, but not many are willing to do what it takes to follow Him.
Think About This . . .
- Do you think that is true that a lot of people will take the time to "celebrate" the fun with God (like Christmas), but when it's hard to do
what He asks, they don't want to have anything to do with it?
- What about you? Do you want to do some partying for God, or do you want to really do what it takes to follow Him?
- What's the hardest part about following his "precepts" or "laws?"
Pray and ask the Lord for a desire to really follow Him and His ways (that includes His commands) today.
Lesson 11, Devotion 3
Go outside today and push against your house with all of you might. If you are too embarrassed to go outside, close the door to your room and push against your wall with all of your might. Try a couple of times and see if you can push your house over, or even take your room down. Go ahead. We'll wait.
Did it budge? even if you were to put a hole in the wall, would you be able to take down the building? What do you think kept it from falling down?
The answer is most likely the foundation. All of the standings is about the foundation. Even if you live in an apartment complex that large building needs an even more solid foundation. What if you are growing up in something that doesn't have a foundation? A tent might be easier to push around because it doesn't have something (more than little stakes in the ground) to keep it down.
Obedience to God is kind of like the foundation that keeps our relationship with God close and keeps our life firm.
Grab a journal or your note-taking app. Write some words that help you know obedience to God is holding up your relationship with Him. (An example might be. "Hope." For you know as you obey God and follow His ways you understand how to have hope that He will take care of everything.)
Today when you are wondering if being obedient to God's commands is important to lean against a wall and think about why the whole building doesn't fall over in one push. Obedience is the foundation of your faith.