Finding Abundance in Obedience

By Annie Rohde

For me, God is almost always nudging me to obedience. In scriptures, worship, and devotionals, the Holy Spirit is always illuminating reminders for me to obey. So, it comes as no surprise to me that in the MUMs study of Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer, I would hear a message of obedience.

God wants me (and you) to live an abundant life (John 10:10) and He knows very clearly how that happens. He lays it out for all people in the Bible and for each person in their souls (the two will never contradict).

In Priscilla’s study, she gave an analogy about a football game . . . how all the players must follow the same general rules. Each player also has specific rules depending on their role in each play. My brain took it a step further (Yeah . . . my brain was thinking about sports, weird. Must be a God thing?) and I was reminded that someone who wasn’t following the general rules of football wouldn’t be allowed a role in the game. The coach would bench him. The referee would kick him out. I was reminded to be obedient to the general rules of the Bible or else I wouldn’t be given my specific instructions.

A couple years ago, my husband and I were convicted to start tithing. I had been making excuses like “God knows we can’t afford that while I’m in grad school” and “that doesn’t apply under the New Testament” and whatever else I could make up, even though the Bible is clear about honoring God with our finances. Eventually though, we obeyed and started tithing. Since then, we’ve always ended the month with enough. Right after Jude was born, we got a stack of doctor bills and an unexpected mortgage refund check. The refund check was just about the same amount as the doctor bills. Small reminders of the abundance that comes from obedience.

If you didn’t get a chance to take Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God class this past semester, Equip Her Bible studies will be offering it as our summer study starting in June on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Registration is now open online. Click HERE for more information.


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