Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
“He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.’” – Exodus 15:26 NLT
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.” Again, when God called Joshua, He said to Him, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.”
Jesus said in John 8:29, “And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” And 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 says, “Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
There’s always a clause. We don’t walk with God on our own terms, but on His. His expectations and desires are clearly spelt out: to get the best of God we must live in a way that pleases Him. Period.