* Determination to obey God
Samuel urged the Israelites to get rid of their foreign gods. Idols today are much more subtle than gods of wood and stone, but they are just as dangerous. Whatever holds first place in our lives or controls us is our god. Money, success, material goods, pride, or anything else can be an idol if it takes the place of God in our lives. The Lord alone is worthy of our service and worship, and we must let nothing rival him. Have the determination to obey God. If we have “foreign gods,” we need to ask God to help us dethrone them, making the true God our first priority. (NLT)
1 Samuel 7:3 – Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the Lord, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the Lord; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”
* Determination to do what Jesus asks of you
Although Jesus knew he would face persecution and death in Jerusalem, he was determined to go there. That kind of resolve, determination, should characterize our life too. When God gives us a course of action, we must move steadily toward our destination, no matter what potential hazards await us there. (NLT)
Luke 9:51 – As the time drew near for his return to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
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