How can you obey God’s voice if you are not listening to Him? How can you hear Him? Should you be hearing Him audibly? No. Should you base all your decisions on how the spirit is leading you even if it might be contrary to Scripture? No. Is it the “still small voice” you hear sometimes that you should be listening to? No. God speaks to us through the Scriptures. So, if you are not reading the Bible every day, and embarking on some sort of daily Bible study (ie. TAN method, WBS, or some other form of study) how are you going to know what God wants you to obey? Our pastor, Pastor Mike Fabarez of Compass Bible Church very seldom doles out definitive directives from the pulpit where he uses his authority to ask firmly that his congregants do something specific. Now remember, if you have placed yourself under someones authority such as your husband, boss, and yes, your church, and that authority asks you to do something (that is not outside moral law) then you need to do it. They will be judged by God on how well they led, and you will be judged on how well you submitted to the authority you are placed under. Yes, man is fallible, but it is your responsibility to do as they ask even if you don’t fully agree with it, again, only if it is not outside God’s moral laws.
Understanding this, our pastor has asked us to read the DBR (Daily Bible Reading). He has specific reasons for this and it is important that you do as he asks. He desires first of all that all of the people at our church are in the Bible every day. Second, though, he is not asking that you haphazardly read whatever you wish. He wants you to read the WHOLE Bible every year so you can get the “Big Picture.” And third, he wants his congregation to actively read together and he has asked that we all post a comment on the DBR even if it is as simple as “I read it and it was good.” I am absolutely stunned at how many people DO NOT do as our pastor asks. So, I am encouraging each one of you to read the DBR every day AND post a quick comment that simply says “I read it and it was good.”
Let’s also consider how we are submitting to the other areas of our life with respect to the authorities we are under. God will bless you that it may be well with you!
“But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’” ~ Jeremiah 7:23