Christian Living
Obedience over Sacrifice
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jul 12, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

Making small compromises, choosing the middle of the road, and flirting with sin are all recipes for defeat. Allowing Satan to come in and set up a beachhead in your life or in your family's life can only lead to a disaster. Even if disaster does not take place for 20 years, it will happen, and hence our concern for the next generation. Because what this generation does is going to impact the next.
My Devotional

A lot of people are sacrificing, but very few are obeying.


Satan doesn't come in suddenly and attack. He takes one inch at a time, and then by the time we wake up, it is too late. This is the insidious way Satan invades the homes of believers.

People get busy and run around doing all kinds of good stuff, which is great, but let it not be out of guilt; let it be done in obedience. It is the will of God for us to be found faithful. It is the will of God that we be obedient. Remember the words of the prophet Samuel to King Saul: "To obey is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22). A lot of people are sacrificing, but very few are obeying.

Prayer: Father, help me to examine my heart today to make sure that Satan is not setting up a beachhead in my life. Help me to be faithful and obedient to You—not just busy with good works. In this way, help me to set an example of righteousness for the next generation. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"To obey is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22).