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The Habit Of Obedience

We cannot do what God does, and God will not do what we can do. God will not give us good habits or character, and He will not force us to walk correctly before Him. We have to do that ourselves. We cannot save nor sanctify ourselves – God does that.

We must work out our own salvation which God has worked in us (Philippians 2:12-13).

Be determined to act immediately in faith on what God says to you when He speaks, and never reconsider or change your initial decisions. If you hesitate when God tells you to do something, you are being careless, spurning the grace in which you stand. Beware of the tendency to ask the way when you already know it perfectly well. Take the initiative. Stop hesitating. Take the first step. Make a decision of your will right now, and make it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you, saying, “I will write that letter,” or “I will pay that debt”; and then do it! Make it irrevocable.

We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we have not yet been. We have to get into the habit of carefully listening to God about everything, forming the habit of finding out what He says and heeding it. If, when a crisis comes, we instinctively turn to God, we will know that the habit has been formed in us.

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