I have been learning about obedience lately. I’m learning how to clear my mind and hear The Lord tell me what to do with my life. Let me give you a definition of obedience – compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. Obedience is doing what we are told to do under someone’s authority. For example, when we go to work, we are supposed to obey our boss and do what he/she instructed us to do. Children are supposed to do what their parents tell them to do. Well, as a Christian, we are supposed to do what God tells us to do. How do we obey God? We follow Him through His Word and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides you as you go about your day. When you obey Jesus through your spirit, He can protect you from danger.
Have you heard Jesus tell you don’t take your usual route to work, consider this route? You think to yourself, “that’s the route I always take, I’m going that way.” You end up heading your regular way, and find out there is an unfortunate accident that is keeping you from getting to work on time. Guess what? Jesus was speaking to you to take another route because He knew that there was an accident , and he was trying to protect you from being late to work. You were disobeying Him because you didn’t listen to what He was telling you. If you want to live wholeheartedly for Jesus, you must surrender yourself and obey The Lord. I understand that we’re human but this is another area that we need to work on in our lives. How can we say we love God, but can’t obey what He tells us to do? We go around sinning and partaking in the worldly activities, and still saying we love Him. We can’t love God that much when we are disobeying Him.
For me, I used to be hard-headed with Jesus. He would tell me simple things like don’t say that or don’t lie, and I would still do it. I know I heard Jesus say it, but I continued to do it. I would end up feeling sorry for hurting someone’s feelings with my words or lying to somebody when I could have been honest with them. Sometimes, I still have moments of not listening to Jesus because I’m stubborn. Lately, I’ve been paying attention
often because I’ve gotten to this point that I can’t do life on my own. I understand that Jesus knows everything and I don’t know anything. Obeying Jesus has been feeling great to me because I know he’s proud of me for listening. I want to please Jesus with all of my heart now!
I’m going to tell you some stories about how I’ve been obeying The Lord. Two months ago, I felt The Lord lead me from secular music. I’ve been listening to Gospel/Christian music non-stop for two months. It has been the best feeling to have a clear mind and a clean heart. I realized that The Lord steered me away from lustful thoughts, profane language, and a racing mind. I’m telling you that my mind is so peaceful that I can go to sleep without being anxious. My heart does not feel as heavy as it did when I listened to Rap/Hip-Hop or R&B. I go to sleep hearing a song about Jesus and waking up thinking about Jesus.
God can comfort you when you are obedient. He has been reassuring me about not having a job. I’m a college student, and I want money, but The Lord will supply my needs until He is ready to reveal what is in store for me. I’ve learned that if I do things God’s way, He’ll let me know that my blessing is coming.
Another one is over the summer, someone asked me for money. I didn’t have much money, but The Lord told me to give the person $10. I sent the person $10, and because I delivered with no hesitation, The Lord blessed someone else to give me $30. I share this with you to tell you that God will bless you when you listen to Him.
Obedience is also displaying that you trust Jesus with your life. In the Bible, Abraham exhibited a tremendous way of showing that he trusts God with his life. In Genesis 22, God told Abraham to go up on a mountain and sacrifice his only begotten son Issac. Abraham headed to the mountain early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his servants and his son Issac to the mountain. He chopped wood for the fire to prepare for the burnt offering. On the third day of their traveling journey, Abraham spotted the place God instructed him to go and took his son to the place. When Abraham and his son got to their destination, Abraham put the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders. Issac had no clue that he was going to be the offering, so he says dad, we have fire and wood, but where is the sheep? If you don’t know, the sheep was sacrificial before Jesus time.
Abraham tells him that God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering. He started to build an altar and arranged the wood on it. Abraham then tied his son and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. I could imagine that Issac was like dad what are you doing? Abraham picked up a knife and was getting ready to kill his son as a sacrifice. Suddenly, an angel from heaven called out, “Abraham, Abraham!” Don’t lay a hand on the boy! Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” (Gen. 22:11-12). After The Lord observed Abraham about to use his son as a sacrifice, the angels showed him a ram caught by its horn in bushes. Abraham used the ram as a burnt sacrifice instead of his son. The angel called Abraham and said “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. (Gen.22:16-18).
Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son because The Lord said so. He didn’t ask why do I have to do that? He was about to do it with no hesitation. We have to learn how to be like Abraham and do what God said because He said so. We talk like we trust God with our whole heart, but do we trust Him? We can’t just obey anything that comes to our spirit because that could be the trick of the enemy. That’s why The Bible says in 1 John 4:1 that we have to test the spirits to determine if it is from God. However, that leads to another post for another day, which is to learn to read your Bible for yourself. If your spirit is telling you to go against The Word of God, then that is not from God, and you should not obey that.
My last point is that obedience can teach you lessons. I obeyed God recently and learned that I was prideful in asking others for things. He showed me that when He told me to ask for money from family members on Facebook. I was in a bad place financially, and The Lord wanted me to learn a lesson instead of just blessing me like He always does. I was able to let go of my pride and not be afraid to ask for money or anything when I need help. Be obedient to Jesus, my friends. It will take you a long way, and it will improve your relationship with God.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. (1 Sam. 15:22) Learn how to obey God, so that He can bless you, He can see how much you trust Him, and you can strengthen your relationship with The Lord. Continue to stay in The Word and know that God will get you through whatever you are going through right now! I love you, and I want you to please Jesus just like I am doing. I hope that you are inspired to obey God and become better for Him. Have a great day, evening, or night!
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Prayer: Lord, we come to you right now to ask you to help us obey Your Word and what you say to us from the Holy Spirit. Please help us to test the spirits so that we know that we are listening to You. Help us to read Your Word so that we can know who You are! We don’t want to be left behind because we didn’t listen to You! Help us to discover our purpose on this Earth. We love You, and we want to do Your will. We know that You will lead us in the right direction. In Jesus name, Amen!
Philippians 2:8 NET – He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death –even death on a cross!