Obeying God – even when you don’t want to!

Obeying God – even when you don’t want to!

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Obeying God – even when you don’t want to!

By Lynne Pillitteri, Jubilee Church Wirral

If you love me, you will obey what I command.

John 14:15

So, hands up who only does this if we like the command?

Yep, that would be me.

God has been talking to me about a certain matter for many, many years. I listen, I pray, I make a plan, I pay it lip service, I make excuses then I just carry on. I know me best, right? I know what I can cope with, right? Wrong! This behaviour was hurting me physically, mentally and emotionally. I hope one day to tell the full testimony but for now let me share this:

Anyone who knows me well, will know my distaste for social media. However, my son Lucas has recently started college, and his college shares a lot on Instagram and TikTok. So, I downloaded these apps, just to follow my son.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, God chose this medium to speak powerfully into my life. Through a shared experience on TikTok I was at once convicted, I identified completely and strangely, I felt seen and understood, all at once, having listened to someone else’s story. 

It was overwhelming. It’s worth noting here, that this person is not a Christian.

Since that day I have changed. I live in obedience to my Father, in this respect, every day. It was a struggle at first for sure but now I am starting to see more of the person God would have me be.

Turns out I am not the all-singing, all-dancing extrovert I thought I was. In fact I am quite the opposite – quieter, more content and introspective. And while I have always considered myself very much a “Martha” – “worried and upset about many things” – I find, to my delight, I am becoming more of a “Mary”, knowing that “few things are needed – indeed only one”.

These changes have been difficult, even painful at times, but Jesus has never left me. His spirit guides me, forgives me and refreshes me when the path isn’t straight. Along with the challenges, this change has reaped many benefits both in my relationship with God and with those in my family.

Our Father wants us to obey Him, simply because He knows best. He wants us to be close to Him with no barriers and to be peaceful in our lives. He cannot help us with that if we do not obey His commands.

Lynne Pilletteri of Jubilee Church Wirral

Lynne Pillitteri, Jubilee Church Wirral

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Waiting for an answer to prayer

Waiting for an answer to prayer

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Waiting for an answer to prayer

By Lynne Pillitteri, Jubilee Church Wirral

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us.

1 John 5:14

I know that God hears my prayers. I also know that His answer comes in one of three forms: Yes, no or not yet. What I don’t always know is, if I am praying according to his will.

When Covid restrictions began to relax I really believed God put on my heart to organise a way of helping friends of Jubilee to reconnect with us and each other, such as lunch club regulars as well as new friends made through the Good Neighbour Project. I spoke with others from church and they felt the same – so it must be God, right? And so Jubilee 121 coffee mornings began towards the end of last year. With great enthusiasm, I sent invitations, recruited bakers and told everybody I met.

The first couple of weeks were quiet – very quiet. Well, that’s ok, I thought, new events often start slowly then build. I prayed with others and alone for God to bless 121 with the people he wanted us to connect with and against any obstacles preventing people coming. The next couple of weeks remained quiet – well, it’s cold isn’t it? And some people are wary of mixing – right?

For our Christmas session I had planned a ‘God slot’ and games but alas not enough people stayed long enough to do that. So now I am really starting to think, 121 may not be a God thing….but a Lynne thing, YIKES! The printing and advertising has been done now!

We listened when it was suggested to change our time to the afternoon and with firm expectation we started back in the new year. Nope, no change, the same few (lovely) people joined us. It’s about now I realised that my answer wasn’t “no” but “look who I have sent you – don’t worry about others.” We really enjoyed our next afternoon, hearing all the news and views of our faithful few.

Praying before our next coffee afternoon I jokingly said to God “Suppose there is no point asking for a bus load today?” Then it happened, 10 new people with their carers arrived, cleared us out of cake and had a thoroughly nice time! Knowing they had travelled some, I asked if they had come on public transport and was told “Oh no, we have our own bus”!

What an amazing father we have and what an answer to prayer. These lovely people now come each week.

Waiting for an answer to prayer can be so difficult but we can relax in the knowledge that Jesus ALWAYS has the right answers.

Lynne Pilletteri of Jubilee Church Wirral

Lynne Pillitteri, Jubilee Church Wirral

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