Are You Obeying God And Still Being Mistreated?

Luke 6:31
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

One thing I had to learn about the command Jesus gave above, is that when we treat others the way we want to be treated we are not guaranteed to get that treatment back! Jesus tells us to treat people the way we want to be treated because it brings Him glory when we reflect the love of Christ.

If you are doing good to others but are being treated unfairly in return, continue obeying Jesus! God is the One who will reward you for that obedience. Also remember while Jesus lived on earth He was treated very badly even though He was good in all His ways.

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

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Staying Close To Jesus

I can recall times that I sought after Christ desperately, then after getting some breakthrough I became relaxed in my spiritual life (I.e not praying, disobeying God, & etc). In time I went right back to the same struggles I had prayed and fasted to break free from. 

I learned the hard way that seeking Jesus is not seasonal! Anytime we weaken spiritually, we become more likely to follow after the desires of our flesh. If we want to be spiritually stable and walk in the power of God, we have to be consistent in praying, fasting, and studying the Bible. 

Do you struggle with consistency in your walk with Jesus? Pray daily for strength to seek God diligently and obey Him. 

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” ‭‭(1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

A Growing Love For Christ

In my walk with Christ, my love for Him has been strongest when I spent a lot of quality time in prayer. When we spend time with God we are feeding our spiritual nature, and in turn we desire more of God. If you want a love for Christ that is fire hot, start spending more quality time with Him by fasting and praying. Meditate on His Word (the Bible) throughout your day, and commune with other believers.

Absence from Jesus will not make your heart grow fonder!

Mark 12:30
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

Love For Christ Produces Obedience

When I dedicated my life to Christ, I was excited to learn about the things God liked and didn’t like. I wanted to be close to Him so badly, that I was enthusiastic about being obedient! A time came however, when obeying God in some areas started to feel like an obligation, and God showed me this verse:

Revelation 2:4-5
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

If obeying God feels like a burden, then your love for Jesus has become lukewarm. Ask Jesus to fill you with a love for Him that is fire hot! That is a prayer He won’t deny 😄🙏

I John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”