The following is written by contributing writer, Tatiana Rhyne.

I do not like putting together furniture. I weigh my pros and cons every time I purchase something and the answer remains the same.

Con: it comes with too many little pieces, instructions are not clear, and it’s time consuming.

Pro: it’s cheaper and easier to do it myself.

So I follow the instructions, put the shelf together and smile at the finished project because it was worth it in the end.

This is how we sound when we don’t want to follow God’s instruction over our lives. We find ways to not listen- period. We pray for guidance, but once we get the instructions, we don’t follow them.

Let’s Define Instruction.

Instructions: detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled.

So now we have the definition. We get the information, but we still do the opposite of what is asked. Why?

Simple answer…EMOTIONS!

Stop letting your emotions deviate you from the instructions given to you by God.

An example of this is the Ten Commandments. We all know them or have learned about them, but just in case someone reading is not clear, here they are listed below.

   The Ten Commandments:

    – Do not have any other god before God

– Do not make yourself an idol

– Do not take the Lord’s name in vain

– Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy

– Honor your mother and father

– Do not murder

– Do not commit adultery

– Do not steal

– Do not testify or fear false witness against your neighbor

– Do not covet

They weren’t given based on how we felt or when Moses was ready to share them with the Israelites; they were instructions from God  for us to follow at that time at that moment. We question God’s instructions because of our fear (emotion) of falling short when He knows we fall short. All God desires to see from us is our obedience. By following the instruction given, we are showing God we can be obedient despite what may occur along the journey.

What instructions has God given you lately? Do you follow them? Our minds want to say yes, but our hearts are saying no. So I make a vow to the Lord that TODAY I will follow His commandments over my life. TODAY I will change whatever habits He needs me to stop. Will it be easy? NO! Will it be willingly? NO! Will it be worth it? Yes.

Here are a few scriptures to help during pray time. Follow them. His Word is worth it!

“Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.”

– Deuteronomy 8:6

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

“I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“Lord, Your word lasts forever. It stands firm in the heavens.” – Psalm 119:89

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