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The One Thing Holding You Back

Most of us know God wants us to obey Him. But have you ever stopped to wonder why?

Some think we have to obey God’s commands to get to heaven. Others see obedience as a way to earn God’s love and become worthy of a relationship with Him. But the truth is God already loves us. He loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins so we could have a relationship with Him (John 3:16).

God does not tell us to keep His commandments so we will get into heaven. We can ask Jesus into our lives and never obey another thing God tells us to do, and we would still go to heaven. God tells us to keep His commandments so we can live a full life on earth (Proverbs 7:2).

Lots of things promise to complete us. How many times have we believed the lie that if we just had more money, more influence, more stuff, things would be better? But they never are, are they?

God created the world and everything in it. He knows how life works best because He invented it. When we choose obedience, we’re choosing to trust that the same God who saved us from death can bring us the most out of life.

Obeying God is not about obligation, but opportunity. When we obey God’s commands, we have the opportunity to see Him do things we never dreamed were possible. From Moses parting the Red Sea to the people Jesus healed during His ministry, every miracle started  with a step of obedience.

We will never experience more freedom and more joy than when follow God’s commands. When we live life God’s way, He gets the most glory and we get the most joy.


  • When was the last time you took a major step of obedience? What’s one opportunity that came as a result?
  • What’s one way that your life with Jesus is more free and joyful than it was before?

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