Words to stand on
by Julius R. Malone
Pastor-Teacher of New Testament Church of Milwaukee
Trust and Obey
In the words of the Hymn “Trust and Obey,” the only way to be happy in Jesus is to trust and obey. Jesus said, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them (John 13:17). Jesus also said “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is h who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself To him” (John 14:21).
Obedience brings the manifest presence of God, and in His presence there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). God commanded Joshua go meditate on the Word of God day and night for the purpose of obeying it (Joshua 1:8). Let us practice trusting and obeying God and not leaning to our own understanding in order that we may experience happiness and joy in the Lord (Proverb 3:5-6; James 1:22).
Making Prayer a substitute for anxiety
When we make a prayer a substitute for anxiety, the peace of God guards our hearts and minds. Therefore, pray when you are anxious, and stand on these words: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).