The power of your obedience
Job 36:11 “If they OBEY AND SERVE HIM, they shall SPEND THEIR DAYS IN PROSPERITY and THEIR YEARS IN PLEASURES.”
The place of OBEDIENCE in our walk with God cannot be substituted. Obedience is a powerful force for our upgrade and personal transformation. Every instruction from God always moves us forward and God’s instructions to us are not in anyway to reduce us or bring us down. The missing link today in our Christian experience is OBEDIENCE, which is KEY and the true test of our faith. Imagine a community, where everyone there OBEYS GOD. The positive effects of our collective adherence to God’s instructions cannot be quantified. It is very easy to preach, teach and do many other things.
Satan is a preacher. He even preached to JESUS (Matthew 4). Some of us even want to sacrifice, engage in 100 Days dry fast, etc. But God says to obey is better than sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22-23 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as GREAT DELIGHT IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES, as in OBEYING THE VOICE OF THE LORD? Behold, TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, and to HEARKEN than the FAT OF RAMS.” Luke 5:5-6 “And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless AT THY WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NET; and when they had this DONE, they INCLOSED A GREAT MULTITUDE OF FISHES: and their net brake.” Peter continued to toil until he received specific instructions from the LORD.
His professional expertise, business acumen, huge assets and resources could not bring the needed breakthrough, until he followed the LORD’S directives. One instruction from God that is fully complied with will terminate struggling and bring the needed turnaround. Abraham would never have been a father of many nations, if he had remained in the Ur of the Chaldeans. His obedience of faith put him in a very unique position and special relationship with God. All through Biblical history, those who obeyed God by faith received God’s distinct touch of Grace. Noah and his household would have been destroyed, if he did not obey God’s instructions of building an Ark of safety. No position we occupy empowers us to disobey God.
The quality of our relationship with God can be measured by our constant and consistent obedience to God’s instructions. It is even said that we are in the era of Grace, which is basically the era of instructions. Every instruction by grace moves us to another level of unprecedented overflow of God’s blessings. All those who have made their positive marks in ministry, always declare how God spoke to them and they complied. Naman (the Syrian military general) would have remained leprous, if he did not wash seven times in River Jordan. It is amazing how God rates disobedience with witchcraft, idolatry and other ungodliness. God says the man who, worships idols and practices witchcraft, is in the same category with the one who walks in disobedience or rebellion. God told King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:23 “FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT and stubbornness is as iniquity and IDOLATRY.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” In effect, it means that you are a witch and an idol worshipper, if you walk in disobedience. ARE YOU A WITCH? We have nothing to lose by obeying God. What is God telling you personally? Stop arguing with Him. Do what the LORD says. You will surely blossom and prosper. All those who disobeyed God in Scripture suffered negative consequences for their actions. Saul, Eli, Esau, etc. did not live to maximise their potentials because of disobedience. God says if you OBEY AND SERVE HIM, you will spend your days on earth in prosperity and your years in fulfilment and contentment. Ask God today to destroy every force of disobedience in your life. Pray that you will be swift to repent and obey God in everything. Obeying God is very rewarding. Isaiah 1:19 “If you are WILLING and OBEDIENT, you will eat the good of the land.”
PRAYER: Today, I renounce the spirit of disobedience in my life. I belong to the LORD Jesus and I am the sheep of His pasture. I obey the LORD’S voice constantly and consistently. By the grace of the Almighty God, I will always walk in obedience.