Anita and Ben Wedding Photo

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The REAL Question Is: “Who’s in Charge? You or God?”

It’s one thing to accept Christ as your Redeemer. It’s quite another to accept Him as your BOSS. How many of us want salvation and all that comes with it, and still live life as we choose?

Obedience – The other Spiritual Dimension     

 

There are two dimensions to faith – grace and forgiveness – and subsequent obedience.  Doing what God says doesn’t gain grace or forgiveness. That’s already a given. “We are saved by grace through faith.” Obedience acknowledges God’s rule in our lives. Obedience shows how much we love Jesus.

Before Jesus left this earth, He told his disciples, “The one who obeys Me is the one who loves Me.” Do we really love Him or love ourselves more? Are we willing to acknowledge we need Him? Need His forgiveness? Need His help? Need His presence?

In front of our house in VahunWe Don’t Want to Submit to God’s Will

Our pride tells us we don’t want to humble ourselves to admit that. But the truth is, God is far bigger than we are. Just look up in the sky and see the moon and stars He made. There’s a Sunday school song that says, “Oh, who can make a flower? I’m sure I can’t, can you? Oh, who can make a flower? No one but God ‘tis true.”

Despite our scientific achievements, we didn’t invent this universe. We may try to explain it away without God. However, in our last breath, we will find that God is very real when we enter His eternal universe.  I’d rather have God be in charge in my earthly life. He will most definitely be in charge in the eternal.

The Only Way to Be Peaceful                                                        Anita at table with two kids

Have you given your will to Him? Do you want His will in your life more than your own? It’s the only way to live a peaceful life in the face of life’s uncertainties and insanities. We will never understand God’s purposes until we step into the eternal. But in the end, when we see Jesus face to face, I believe it will all be made clear. I’d rather trust Him now because He’s in charge anyway whether we realize it or not.

Blessings on your spiritual journey!

Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine DennisThe Farm Girl & the African Chief 

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!