In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 12, 2007 – The Strength to Obey – Mark 1:32-35
Jesus Christ was perfect and sinless. But still, He expects flawed and sinful people to follow His example of total obedience to the Father (Luke 14:27). The idea of perfection is intimidating. But Christ’s expectation is reasonable when we understand His example of how to have the strength to follow God.
Jesus learned obedience moment by moment, just like us (Hebrews 5:8). Each
day presented new opportunities to follow His Father’s plan. The Lord was fully God, but He was also fully man. Jesus had all the temptations and internal struggles that go along with being human. That’s why we read so often in the Bible about Jesus slipping away from the crowds to spend time alone with the Father. Talking with God and meditating on the Word were essential for Him to make right choices.
Jesus also had help from the Holy Spirit, who visibly came to Him at His baptism in Matthew 3:16. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:14 that, through the Spirit, Christ made Himself a sacrifice to God for mankind’s sin.
Jesus has a spotless record of obedience, even obedience unto death. He drew strength and wisdom from His Father and the Holy Spirit. We can do the same. We serve a living God who delights in meeting us to give instruction, direction, and warning. He provides a constant Companion to keep us safe and offer wisdom. When we experience daily fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, it will empower us to obey.
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