Christian Living
Complete Obedience
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Nov 10, 2021

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If we are truly trusting in God's plan and providence, then we will live in obedience to His will for our lives. Our trust in God is not meant to sit on a shelf. We will face trials constantly, along with temptations and struggles that will put our faith in God to work.

Before God would use him, Abraham had to take the first step of obedience and leave his pagan hometown, Ur (see Acts 7:2-3). But on the way to Canaan, Abraham and his family settled in Harran, another pagan town (see Genesis 11:31). Abraham's obedience was incomplete.

God does not want us to start out on His path and then stagnate.


God does not want us to start out on His path and then stagnate. Obedience involves commitment and follow-through. How many times do we settle for something short of the Lord's perfect plan for our lives? How many times do we set out in obedience, only to stop at the halfway mark?

God did not give up on Abraham. His call did not waver. "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you'" (Genesis 12:1). Finally, Abraham continued his journey and did not stop until he reached Canaan.

Prayer: Father, help me follow through in obedience to You. Show me if I am settling for something short of Your perfect plan. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you'" (Acts 7:2-3).

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