OBEDIENCE - AUGUST 20th/21st

DAY 1

READ PSALM 128:1

Why do you disobey? Maybe you think the rules are silly. Maybe you can’t see how following the directions you’ve been given will do anything, but slow you down. Maybe you think that your way is better. But God knew that we would need people in authority over us. Because He knows that as we learn to follow the people we CAN see, it will be that much easier to trust and follow a God we cannot see with our own eyes.

Fill in the blanks of the verse using the code below.

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2    9       5     15        15    5     4      1     14    5        1    9      9    16    7     12    15   

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5      18      7     12    7    1    17    5

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14     5    15   13   5     3    16       6    12    14     16   7   5   9      12    14    4           
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16    7     5    19    9      8     17     5

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1      15     7     5          18   1    11    16   15      16     7     5     10      16   12      9         

___ ____ ____ ___ ___ ____ ___ ___.  128.1
8      17      5     13    15    1      9     10

THANK God for His love and plans for you.

A – 1              E – 5              L – 9              P – 13 V - 17

B – 2               F – 6            M - 10             R – 14 W - 18

C – 3              H – 7            N – 11              S – 15 Y - 19

D – 4              I – 8             O – 12             T - 16

DAY 2

READ 1 JOHN 2:17

Everyday, you’re growing and changing. You’re learning new things. Time is passing right before your eyes. You don’t get to rewind or have a do-over of your life. That means that today is the only shot at today that you’re ever going to get. So, the question is, will you make the most of it and follow God’s plan for you?

Lots of things end after some time. The ball game ends when time is up. Summer will end and you’ll go back to school. Someday your time on earth will end. In all these situations, the question is, what have you done with that time before it ended? Did you love others as God has commanded? Did you make wise choices that honor Him? Did you trust Him no matter what? Today is the day to follow God. So will you?

ASK God to help you make the most of the time He’s given you by being obedient to Him.

DAY 3

READ 1 JOHN 5:3

What are some commands that are HARD to obey? Write them down below:

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Sometimes we obey because it doesn’t cost us anything or because we don’t really have an opinion that’s any different from whatever our authority figure is asking us to do. But sometimes, like your list to the right, it’s hard to obey.

Did you catch the "his commands are not hard to obey" part of this verse? What the writer here is trying to explain is that obedience and trust go hand in hand. When you really trust that God wants what’s best for you, then it’s MUCH easier to listen to what He has to say. So the question is, do you believe God? Do you believe He loves you? Do you believe He has a plan for you and that those plans are WAY better than anything you could dream up for yourself?

Take a look at the box above. Ask God to help you obey in these circumstances. Ask Him to help you trust when you would rather do your own thing and disobey. Tell Him you love Him and thank Him for loving you.

LOOK to God so that you can follow Him in obedience.

DAY 4

READ PROVERBS 13:13

Do you play a sport? Have you ever competed in a dance competition? Ever entered the spelling bee or an art competition? When you compete, what are you hoping for? A win! You want that trophy, or medal, or certificate. When you perform with excellence, there’s nothing better than receiving recognition for all that hard work.

Did you know that your obedience will be rewarded? When you obey, you WON’T pay for it later as the first part of this verse reminds us. Instead, you will be rewarded. Pretty cool, right?

Cut off a piece of cardboard from a box. Draw the outline of a trophy on the cardboard and cut it out. Cover the top of the trophy with aluminum foil. Decorate the bottom and write the words "OBEDIENCE AWARD" at the base. Give this to an adult you live with. Whenever someone in your home shows obedience, they earn this trophy for twenty-four hours. Continue looking for obedience and awarding this trophy until the month is up.

KNOW that your obedience will be rewarded in the end.

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