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Sept 20 Devotion: Religious Obedience

Religious Obedience

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath 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 hearken than the fat of rams.

This is one of several verses we can find in God’s Word that talks about obedience is better than sacrifice. This does not make sacrifice any less important. However, that sacrifice, without a truly repentant heart is meaningless. A sacrifice could become just a ritual between a person and God. It was something that could physically show a relationship existed. Think about today’s society. People will physically go to church, read, pray, or other things that show physically on the outside they seem to have a relationship with God. However, that outward showing means nothing inward if their heart isn’t obedient to God. You can read your Bible everyday, attend every service, and still be empty on the inside!

Being where we need to be with Christ starts with having an obedient heart! Are you obedient today, or just practicing religious rituals?

God bless you today!

Bro. Josh Richardson

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