It is half of the month, and am sure that if you have truly engaged with God in studying the Word, you should have received instructions from Him that would guarantee you greatness. Truth is: The Word of God is filled with virtues for our lifting and turnaround, but there is always something to do to get your desired breakthrough.
That is why I started talking with you, this month, on the need for obedience. In the first part, I talked on what obedience is and its benefit to your glorious destiny. In this edition, I would dwell on disobedience and its consequences. The Bible says:
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me (Isaiah 48:18-19).
This is God’s promise to all and it is always available for the taking, to everyone that is interested to pay the price of obedience. Many people would have long been great, they would have gotten to positions they never imagined they could attain, if only they had been obedient to Scriptures and every Word as spoken to them by God, probably during their quiet time, Church gatherings or personal studies.
Today, I would present several examples from Scriptures of great destinies that gave in to disobedience and lost either their greatness or something precious. When you are disobedient to instructions, you always lose something. It never leaves you neutral. Similarly, obedience always changes your level, it never leaves you neutral. That buttresses the fact that every of our actions have effect on us, either negative or positive. Please follow and ponder on these examples carefully, for there are lessons in them:
Saul: He was the first to be anointed as king in Israel (1 Samuel 10:1) and that would have made history for him, but he lost it to disobedience and God said to him through Samuel:
…Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
He lost his kingdom, which was intended to be forever, to disobedience. That will not be you in the name of Jesus Christ!
Samson: He was another kingdom giant. He was a one-man army and could not be defeated by anyone or nation, but he was disobedient to instructions meant for his greatness (Judges 14:1-3). In chapter 16 of 1 Samuel, we were told of how Samson who was the strongest and feistiest became an object of ridicule for the lords of the philistines.
David: The man after God’s heart, who God blessed and was with him all through his reign as king, almost lost it to disobedience. David was instructed by God not to take censor in Israel, but he did otherwise and the consequence was very grievous. The whole nation was almost destroyed for the disobedience of one man (2 Samuel 24:1-25).
Thank God for mercy! However, you might not always have such opportunity to repent. So, you must be obedience at all times.
The issue of disobedience does not only occur with ordinary individuals, but even the anointed can be disobedient. So, it is your duty to consciously guide against it through watchfulness and prayers, so you don’t fall a victim.
The story of that man of God from Judah who God sent to Jeroboam to warn him of all his wickedness in Israel, makes it clear that your calling or anointing notwithstanding, disobedience would always bring about stiff punishments (1 Kings 13:1-33).
Therefore, in line with the above examples, you are confronted with a choice to either choose to follow to the letter every of God Word, or refuse to do as told. However as the Bible says:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Therefore, choose to be obedient to every Instruction from God and your destiny shall be made and established by Him.
The truth is, you cannot be totally obedient to God if you are not born again. Being born again and yielded to the Holy Spirit empowers you with the grace to be obedient to every Word from God, no matter how “impossible” it may seem. Thus, if you wish to be born again today, say this prayer of salvation in faith:
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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