Gracious Lord! Teach me this lesson, that it is only through knowing Thy will one can know Thy heart, and only through doing that will one can abide in Thy love. *
"Obedience puts the flesh in its proper place, under control of the Spirit-led mind. 'The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace'" (Romans 8:6).
"This doesn’t mean we are under the law. Our sense of peace may depend upon obedience, but our salvation does not..."
"If we are afraid to push against the confines of our weak flesh, we won’t become stronger."
"By an act of will, we can immerse ourselves in His Word, turn away from other influences, and thus give Him time to rehydrate our hearts with His truth."
*Andrew Murray, True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16, Obey and Abide. This work is in the public domain and can be accessed online at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray