Hosea 1:1-3:5 / 1 John 5:1-21 / Psalm 124:1-8 / Proverbs 29:5-8

Standout Verse:

1 John 5:3

“For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.”

God calls us to trust Him, obey Him and walk in His will and His ways.  Living this way leads to FREEDOM and PEACE…maybe it’s just me, but freedom and peace sound pretty good, hugh?!

These days that we are living in are filled with an abundance of things that falsely define freedom - freedom to “be” and “do” and “think” whatever you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody, freedom to “choose” whatever suits you best - these FALSE FREEDOMS lead to bondage, confusion and pain.  That’s the way the enemy (Satan) works – he presents us with cleverly packaged sin and enticing choices that are actually poisonous entrapments (dressed up like freedom) designed to ensnare our souls 

The solution is to KNOW GOD and KNOW HIS TRUTH.  This doesn’t just happen by osmosis or somehow automatically at salvation.  WE MUST BE PURSUERS OF HIS TRUTH!  When we know Him, we will grow in our understanding of His LOVE FOR US, HIS GOODNESS, HIS DESIRE TO SEE US GROW AND THRIVE as well as being able to grasp the things He is calling us to do… 

WE GET TO OBEY HIM!  This kind of living is exciting and NOT burdensome – it’s actually addicting…in a GREAT WAY!