Notes for Foundations: A Testimony of Christian Obedience

Posted on January 1st, 2014

Notes for Foundations: A Testimony of Christian Obedience
presented by Melanie Post

In this session Melanie shares her story of learning to obey God and stand in the upright, vertical position.

“To be in God’s grace is to be in His obedience, because it is our obedience that keeps us close to Him and to the protection, fulfillment, provision and joy that fellowship with Him brings. Gospel obedience is not constricting but liberating, because it keeps us in tune with the will of the Father which is always a will for our liberation and wholeness.” Thomas A. Smail, ​The Forgotten Father​, 146.

It is written: ‘Man must not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’. Matthew 4:4 (HCSB Version)

“Listening to God is obeying Him.” Leanne Payne, ​Listening Prayer​, 125.
“Sin has to do, in a very real sense, with rebelliously demanding to experience what is not, what God

did not create and can never look upon – much less bless.” Leanne Payne, ​Healing Presence​, 85. “The journey of life is for setting love in order.” Leanne Payne quoting Fr. Allen Jones, ​Restoring the

Christian Soul,​ 68.

“When strength or joy or pity of truth urges him, let him speak it out and not be afraid – content to be condemned for it, comforted that if he makes a mistake the Lord Himself will condemn him and save him, too. The condemnation of his fellow men will not hurt him, too. If he speak the truth the Lord will say “I sent him”, for all truth is of the Lord.” George McDonald, ​Knowing the Heart of God,​ 94-95.

“Love is more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” C.S. Lewis, ​The Problem of Pain​, 28.

“In choosing to fear God rather than others, we opt for inner integrity and a change from the inside out that ends in fullness of being.” Leanne Payne, ​Listening Prayer​, 50.

Footnotes 

  1. Thomas A. Smail, The Forgotten Father, pg. 146
  2. Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer, pg. 125
  3. Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence, pg. 85
  4. Leanne Payne, Restoring the Christian Soul, pg. 156
  5. Leanne Payne quotes Fr. Alan Jones, Restoring the Christian Soul pg. 68 (Melanie misquoted the source of this quote as “Listening Prayer” in the video).
  6. Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer, pg. 118
  7. George MacDonald, Knowing the Heart of God, pg. 94 & 95. Full Quote: “When strength or joy or pity of truth urges him, let him speak it out and not be afraid – content to be condemned for it, comforted that if he makes a mistake the Lord Himself will condemn him and save him, too.  The condemnation of his fellow men will not hurt him, too.  If he speak the truth the Lord will say “I sent him”, for all truth is of the Lord.
  8. C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, pg. 28
  9. Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer, pg. 50