Obedience Leads to Peace - Rick Warren Daily Devotional (September-25-2022)

Saturday, 24 September 2022 23:52

Rick Warren (September-25-2022) Daily Devotional: Obedience Leads to Peace

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

If you feel overwhelmed or confused about a decision that you’re trying to make, you’re probably caught up in yourself and not listening for God’s voice. The Bible says, “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV). He is not the author of confusion. So if you’re feeling confused, guess what? It’s not God’s voice speaking in your life. 

If you’re a parent, do you want your kids to feel pressured or confused when you ask them to do something? No. You want them to understand what to do and then respond in obedience. God the Father wants the same thing for and from you.

The only time pressure could be legitimate is if God has told you to do something and you keep saying “no.” Then the pressure will build. But there’s always peace when you say “yes” to what God’s asking you to do.

Satan wants to drive you compulsively, but God wants to draw you compassionately. Satan wants to take advantage of your compulsions and use them to drive your life. But God is your Good Shepherd. He wants to draw you toward himself and peace.

The late Peter Lord, a pastor I deeply respected, used to say, “Ninety percent of what God wants to say to you is encouragement.” If negative messages are all you ever hear from God, something’s wrong. The wires have been crossed.

If you feel like God has told you to do something but you’re increasingly anxious because of it, then something’s not right.

The Bible tells you, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).

Talk It Over

  • What decision do you feel troubled, anxious, or worried about? Do you believe this is something God told you to do?
  • Think about a decision you’re facing right now. What part of Philippians 4:6-7 are you already doing, and what part do you need to start doing?
  • What has God told you to do that you haven’t obeyed? What have been the consequences?

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Obedience Leads to Peace -  Rick Warren Daily Devotional (September-25-2022)
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  • Comment Link Doreen Flagg-Ratoza Saturday, 25 September 2021 12:43 posted by Doreen Flagg-Ratoza

    Thank- you!!
    Pastor Rick, I’m excited for my renewed focus and journey with my Lord and Savior!
    This journey is taking me into Saddlebacks new future…praying every Friday for your successor, becoming more involved with my Saddleback family and so on. :)
    Please pray for me, because I tend to run on the “shy” side, and I want to get pass that.
    Thank you again Pastor Rick!
    Say “hi” to Kay for me please.
    I’ll see Saddleback next Thursday am, I’ve registered for the women’s Bible study.
    WooHoo!
    Forever Blessings,
    Doreen Flagg-Ratoza

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Rick Warren was born in San Jose, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kay founded Saddleback Church when he was just 26 years old and he continues to serve as the senior pastor. To many, he is Pastor Rick, but to his church, he is Papa Rick—a voice of wisdom, hope, enco ...

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