David Westerfield

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Tag: Obedience

His Delight is in the Law of the Lord

‘…his delight is in the law of the LORD…’ (Psalm 1:2)

Though this certainly means delighting in his word as a whole, this verse gives specific reference to the law. The blessed one of God, the one in God’s favor, delights in the commandments of God and doing them, for it is to this he has been saved. For the one blessed of God, no longer is obedience a burdensome task of trying to find acceptance with Him (justification) since that has already been obtained through Christ and His work through faith, granted as a gift. Christ has provided the righteousness necessary to stand in the Father’s presence, out of His sheer mercy. But now, having been accepted, obedience stems from the joy of the believers heart, because of God’s work on his behalf. The one in God’s favor delights in obedience out of the overflow of His heart.

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Promises for Believers

This is a great list of promises from God for believers, written up by Ken Miller at Christ Chapel Bible Church. There are certainly many others, but this is a great summation. Reciting the promises of God, from Scripture, is a sure way to stoke and kindle your faith. It is these promises that motivate the heart unto obedience and faith. Gospel-motivated obedience is sure to last if we return to these truths, and more, daily. Just trying harder is not the answer, because you rely upon your strength to maintain your own righteousness, which is sure to fail. When your perspective is changed to see you are completely accepted by God through the finished work of His Son, regardless of your moral record, “good” or bad, because of His works and promises, you are freed from the heart to obey. Meditate on these things, let them soak into your heart. In Christ alone, and His perfect work in His life, death and resurrection are these established for us, and by them we know that God is for us, when circumstances are excellent or terrible. This is solid ground to stand upon. What a sure, true and faithful word! You can hover over each of the verses to read these great truths!

  • Promises guaranteeing the safety and security of the true believer: John 5:24; 6:37-40; 6:47; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 8:28-29; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:5; Jude 24-25
  • God’s constant care – 1 Pet. 5:7
  • God’s great faithfulness – Lam. 3:21-23; 1 Cor. 1:9; Heb. 11:11
  • God’s sufficient grace – 2 Cor. 9:8; 12:9; John 1:16-17
  • God’s eternal love – Jer. 31:3; John 31:1 ; Rom. 8:35-39
  • God’s unfailing promise – Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18; Num. 23:19; 2 Cor. 1:20; Rom. 4:20-21; Heb. 11:11
  • God’s abiding presence – Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6,8; Matt. 28:20
  • God’s mighty working – Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 3:20-21; Heb. 13:20-21
  • God’s adequate supply – Matt. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:19; Psalm 23:1; 34:10
  • The promise of God’s peace – Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:6-7; 4:9; John 14:27; 16:33
  • The promise of God’s joy – John 15:11; Gal. 5:22
  • The promise of God’s rest – Matt. 11:28-30; Heb. 4:1-11
  • The promise of forgiveness and cleansing from sins – 1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:5; Prov. 28:13
  • The promise of answered prayer – John 14:13-14; 15:7; 1 John 3:22; 5:14-15; Matt. 7:7-11
  • Promises for new strength – 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil 4:13; Isa. 40:28-31; 41:10
  • Promises for needed wisdom – James 1:5-7
  • Promises for needed help – Heb. 13:6; Isa. 41:10,13
  • Promises for needed comfort – 2 Cor. 1:3-5; John 14:16-18; 2 Thess. 2:16-17
  • Promises for needed guidance – Prov. 3:5-6; Psalm 23:2-3
  • Promises for needed faith – Rom. 10:17; Hebrews 11
  • Promises for victory over sin – Romans 6; John 8:31-36
  • Promises for victory over temptation – 1 Cor. 10:13; Heb. 2:17-18; 4:15-16
  • Promises for victory in the midst of trials – Heb. 12:5-11; James 1:2-12; 1 Pet. 1:6-8; 4:19
  • Promises for victory in the midst of suffering – Rom. 8:18,28; 2 Cor. 1:3-4
  • Promises for victory over the world system – 1 John 2:17; 5:4-5
  • Promises for victory over Satan – James 4:7; 1 John 4:4
  • The promise of reward for keeping God’s commandments – John 14:21,23; Psalm 19:11
  • The promise of reward for seeking God – Heb. 11:6; Matt. 7:7; Jer. 29:13; Deut. 4:29
  • The promise of reward for faithful living – 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 4:2-5; Luke 16:9-10
  • The promise of a future heavenly home – 1 Pet. 1:4; Rev. 21:3-5; John 14:1-3; Heb. 11:10
  • The promise of the return of Christ – John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 John 2:28-3:3; Tit. 2:13

Ephesians 1:13-16

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'”

1 Peter 1:13-16 (ESV)

Having been adopted into the Kingdom of God by faith in Jesus Christ, we have been destined to receive all of the righteousness of Christ, the righteousness He earned while He was here, submitting perfectly to the expressed will of the Father, where it climaxed at Calvary.

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