BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
The stories of Abraham and Noah in the book of Genesis reflect the results of being obedient to God. Many times, we think it is sacrifice that brings blessings. People often think that sacrificing time to pray, attend church or pay tithes will bring them the ultimate blessing. The truth is that those are things we should be doing automatically, and not feeling that they are a sacrifice. Those are just a few examples of things that are required of us, and should be done with the understanding that we do these things because we are grateful for what has been done for us.
The Bible states that obedience is better than sacrifice. Regarding Abraham and Noah, had they only sacrificed, but were not obedient, then Abraham would not have been blessed as he was and Noah would not have been able to have saved himself and his family from the Great Flood. Many of you reading this right now might have found yourself being disobedient to God and suffered a setback because of such an action. This doesn’t mean that the believers will not go through trials and tribulations because the Bible is clear that even the righteous will go through afflictions, but God promises that he will bring his righteous, obedient followers through their afflictions.
The question today should be: How can you become more obedient as a child of God? I have three steps you can follow that will help in that area because when we stay obedient to God, we access every blessing that He has on reserve for us. Every believer should want full access to God’s favor and blessings upon our life and the generations of our family.
The first step is that obedience begins with faith in the sovereignty of God. If we fail to believe in God’s sovereignty, we will find it difficult to obey Him. Recall that Abraham based his relationship with God on his confidence that God would do what he had promised (Rom 4:20-21). It is vital for you to begin to study and meditate on God’s word.
Secondly, we grow in obedience by working on God’s timing and not our own. In the Bible, we find that God is very time conscious—not in terms of seconds, minutes and hours, but rather in terms of us acting in obedience according to His schedule for our life. God works in “The Fullness of Time” (Gal 4:4), where He is never early or late. He is always on time for us when we submit to His schedule. Take David, for an example. David was anointed as a teenager as the next King of Israel, but didn’t assume the position until he was an adult. I believe that you are anointed for greatness, but you still have a few things to learn before assuming the position that God has on reserve for you. It will be your obedience that will allow you to walk into that position in your future.
My third and last step for you to continue to grow in obedience is that you need to give God prompt responses to His instructions. Hesitation can block you from walking into a blessed situation. When you know that God has opened a door for you, it is in your best interest not to question God and do exactly what He is telling you.
Sometimes, it might mean that you need to relocate, reset some things in your life or delete some people from your circle. Whatever it is that He is telling you to do, it is for your best interest. Don’t wait for the door or window of opportunity to close on you. Trust that God has directed you, so He can take you to the place for which He has created you. I pray that you will be obedient to His instructions, so you will reap a great harvest. God bless you!
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