Admit Study Guide



22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with PATIENCE. Romans 8:25 (ESV)

It is that time again. New Years resolutions abound and many of us will make promises of commitment towards change. Diets, finances and all the like, many Jesus followers will make proclamations to finally “read through the Bible,” “pray more,” or finally taking that “faith step” towards that perceived “ultimatum” Jesus is issuing. Amidst all these promises one thing usually fades – consistency.
Consistent: acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate; unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time; compatible or in agreement with something.
Being consistent is often directly related to patience. many wain in consistency because of their lack of patience with the end goal or hoped for result. The Apostle Paul speaks to this in his letter to the Romans. In the above verse he helps us lean into what hoping should produce; Patience. As all creation we are all hearing for change, for hope, for transformation. To make the point of what produces hope, Paul directs us to the person who is hope; Jesus. All our hopes, dreams and goals should be affixed around the one who can only bring the redemption and transformation we all long for.
In the midst of our hope. Paul does not negate that there will be moments where everything seems grim. Moments when we feel the push back against our movement towards hope. This is why he connects us to an action that holds us firm amidst the adversity. The action of being patient.
Consistent will be my word yet again this year. As the definition points us to, consistency brings us in agreement with change, it is to align ourselves with our decisions and to conform our lives to the hope we have. Being consistent is not always perfection, but it is an ever patient posture steadily pressing forward into each and every moment squarely focused on what we have hope for.
Whatever your goal this year, I pray you meet it with consistency. Ultimately, I pray your faith in the One who is hope is ever fixed in consistency. Take every moment, every thought, and every opportunity captive. Hold firm in the action of patience and move forward with consistency that what lies ahead shall be accomplished.
-Dream big, dream clear. (Big is not always best, but clear is always effective.) 
-Do what you know needs to be done.
-Plan with the end in mind (Those who fail to plan plan to fail.)
-Take small steps. (Big moves are made up of many small steps).
-Don’t let past failure determine forward progression (one slip doesn’t have to result in a fall)

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Obedience is Better

And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.  1 Samuel 15:2

Yesterday we experienced a time when obedience and faithfulness was challenged. On the last song of our worship set I knew within, within my spirit, that what I had planned for the pulpit was not the exact word God was wanting for His people. This can be an unsettling and challenging proposition in many ways. With only minutes between this moment and when the preaching would ensue, there was much trust required in simply laying down what was prepared for what God desires of us. Laying down something good for what is best. Laying down our desires for His ultimate purpose. Something expressed every week is how we gather to worship Jesus. To make much of Him and Him alone. Yet how often we just plow through with our own initiative and dismiss what He may desire to do among us, simply because we are not open to His leading and moving. 

The prophet Samuel reminded the people in the above verse that ultimately obedience is better than sacrifice. It is clear that, much like our lives today, the peoples hearts had become a fixed in routine. Bring sacrifices to cover sins, give offerings before the Lord because He requires it. Going through the motions. Singing songs of praise never giving thought of God’s great grace. “Sermonating,” the words of men and never hearing or moving to the voice of the Lord. So many similarities. 

What was said yesterday was timely and what God desired to say to us. As the messenger that day, would I say it was my best presentation? Likely not. But, it’s not about me right? What I would say is that what was said was exactly the word God knew we needed for that time in our lives. So, as told to the Israelites, obedience is better than sacrifice. 

How are you being opened to being truly obedient to God’s leading and guiding? Are you open to the reality that he may desire to change your plans? Are you open to laying down what you may think is better for what God is deeming best? He desires our obedience. Our obedience to His leading demonstrates and exemplifies who has our hearts affections. Obedience is better than sacrifice. 

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