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Ye did run well; who did hinder
you that ye should not obey the truth?
"...Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat
of rams" 1 Samuel 15:22
Here we see that obeying is important. It is not what we do but that we obey
what we are told to do. If God instructs us to do one thing and we have excuses as to why
we can't do it but we do something else he may be indulgent in that but we have not
obeyed. A servant of God must be willing to obey regardless of what he says to do. Paul is
admonishing the Galatians saying you did run well, who is keeping you from obeying now?
What is standing in your way that you are not obeying now? Why are you being hindered from
following the truth? Jesus said he was the truth. We all must strive to obey the truth.
How many of us today are letting things hinder us from running the race set
before us? How many of us today are letting the cares of this world hinder us? Maybe the
Lord told you to get out this weekend and do something but you let the cares of the world
stand in your way. You said but I overslept, or I couldn't get the kids ready in time or
my spouse wouldn't go.
The excuses are as varied as the individuals they come from. Everyone has
their own reason for not reading or witnessing or going to church or whatever it is the
Lord has instructed you to do. But I want to pose this question to you , are those reasons
you have going to stand when you come before Christ as your judge? What can you say to him
when he says to you why didn't you obey me when I told you to do this? Do you think its
going to be all that important then that you couldn't get your kids ready to go to church?
or that you had to get your laundry done? or whatever excuse you have for what you didn't
do that he commanded you to do?
Is it going to matter that you say but Lord I did this for you instead? To
obey is better than sacrifice. Sometimes we do things just because he is testing us to see
if we will obey him. Do you think Abraham wanted to sacrifice Isaac? But he had the faith
that the boy would live. Nonetheless he took and and even got so far as to raising the
knife to slay him when the Lord stopped him. But he obeyed and God honored that
obedience. Abraham didn't have any doubt that he would be taking Isaac with him home. He
told the young men that came with him to wait here while he and the lad went yonder to
worship and and come again to you. (Genesis 22:5) This was an act of faith speaking out. He
knew that by obeying God even if he slew his son God would bring him back to life. When
Isaac asked his father about the lamb he told Isaac the Lord will provide. But Abraham was
obedient. He didn't let anything stand in his way of what God told him to do.
That's the way we need to be today let nothing stand in our way of obeying. He
may start you out with a little thing, I want you to go to this church. If we obey then he
will trust us with other things. Then he may give you a little bit bigger task. He may
trust you to go pray for someone or some other little thing but we cannot expect to do the
mighty works if we have not learned to obey in the small things.
When teaching a child to cook you don't take them into the kitchen and say
here I want a seven course meal, no you take them and teach them the little things in
cooking first. So it is the same way with God he won't let us do deliverances and perform
miracles until we have proven we can handle the smaller things first. We may think we have
done these great works but remember Satan is the master of deception, he will deceive the
very elect if he can. When we learn to handle the small things God will entrust us to the
Even within the parable of the talents we find the master did not give the servant who
wasn't a good steward of the one talent ruler over many things, instead it was taken from
him because he was not faithful in doing what he could with that talent. He didn't do what
he knew he should have. We have many examples throughout the Bible where we are instructed
to obey and be faithful over a few things. It may start out by being faithful about
reading your Bible or going to church. If we are not faithful in this how can we expect to
become a powerhouse doing signs and miracles for God? If we refuse to obey him and let the
little cares of the world stand in our way how can we ever hope to become the powerhouse
for God that we desire? We must strive toward the mark of the high calling and let nothing
hinder us in the way we should go.
You all have a blessed day.
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