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Partial Obedience

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"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands." - 1 Samuel 15:11

Have you ever asked someone to do something, and they only completed a portion of their assigned task? Would you say that person obeyed that which you told them? Probably not. Saul struggled with the same thing. He wrestled with partial obedience. However, in principle, partial obedience is still disobedience. As Jesus followers, through our relationship with Him, God often calls us to take steps of obedience. And for a lot of different reasons, we may only partially obey. Saul's relationship with God was hindered greatly because of his partial obedience.

Is there any partial obedience that you need to confess and correct in order to walk in deeper intimacy with Him?

When the Rubber Meets the Road

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"By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him." - 1 John 2:3-5

At Hope, we constantly talk about the reality that our God Time is our main source of spiritual life. Abiding in the Vine (Jesus) is our greatest pipeline to becoming more like Him. But it's much more than simply spending time in the Bible; obedience to Him, or keeping His word, is when our rubber meets the road. It's when we practice living by His Word that it becomes real within us, and this is how God's love becomes "perfected." When someone prays for more love, God often provides an individual for you to practice love towards! This is how God gracefully tests and grows us, by giving us opportunities to keep His Word, and the more we are faithful, the deeper His roots grow.

How can you practice keeping God's Word today?

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