Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice - Christian Daily Devotions

June 6 2006

Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice - Verse of the Day : So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, also also because he consulted a medium for guidance.
-1 Chronicles 10:13

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : 2 Corinthians 8

Evening : 1 Chronicles 9-10

Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

Partial obedience is the most dangerous form of disobedience. Like Saul, when you obey partially, you will always try to justify your own actions (1 Sam. 15:9, 19-21). What God wants is your complete obedience instead of your best sacrifice.

There are two types of believers: (a) The immature believer is like a Slave that needs to be told all the time what to do. (b) The mature believer is like a Son who understands the heart of God (Gal. 4:6-7). "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are [the mature] sons of God" (Rom.8:14).

A spiritually immature person is childish. King Saul was an immature person. Like a child, he had no control over his moods or emotions. He was impatient and presumptuously offered a burnt offering to God (1 Sam. 13:8-9). Out of anger, he made a rash oath that put his entire army under bondage and weakened the morale of his soldiers (1 Sam. 14:24).

King Saul disobeyed the commandments of God and failed to totally destroy the Amalekites. As a result of that, Saul lost his entire kingdom and died a very tragic death by the enemy.

June 6 - Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice - Christian Daily Devotions

Saul was the chosen one by God, but he was not faithful to his calling. We must know that during the second coming of Jesus, only those who remain faithful are qualified for God's inheritance. "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful" (Rev. 17:14).

Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27). True love for God is proven by our obedience to His Word.

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23). If we love Jesus, we WILL obey Him! It is a willing heart that wants to please God. We cannot love Jesus more than we obey and love His Word.

Be faithful to God, never compromise! To God, obedience is better than sacrifice, for "to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams" (1 Sam. 15:22).

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