Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, July 22
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Deuteronomy 4:1 ERV “Now, Israel, listen to the laws and to the commands that I teach you. Obey them and you will live. Then you can go in and take the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.”
TAKING THE LAND
After I shared yesterday’s Devotional, titled Asking In His Name, I was asked why prayers are not answered. I knew when I shared the Devotional that many people would have similar questions because many people are asking and not receiving. I gave the following reasons: sin, unbelief, wrong purposes, not asking according to the will of God, maltreating our spouses and living in disobedience.
I’ve always thought that obedience was only about “doing something”. But to obey also means “submitting to the authority of someone”. Before you can do anything pleasing to God, you must have first submitted to His authority. Have you submitted to the authority of the word? What’s your attitude to the word of God? Isaiah 66:2 says “This is the Lord’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word.”
Many people want to enjoy the promises of God, but they do not want to submit themselves completely to the authority of His word. They will not take the land! It’s not about shouting the loudest Amen, you must first submit yourself to the authority of the word. When you do, receiving answers to your prayers becomes very easy!