1 Kings 20:42 “He said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people”
God gave Israel victory and according to God’s law the enemy should have been destroyed – in allowing the king to live, Israel sinned against God.
Sometimes the things that God asks us to do are hard things. They are hard because we view them through a human lens and want to judge the actions based upon human logic. If the Lord tells us to slay a giant – we feel that this act would be inhumane – and we would, instead, want to imprison the giant. This is a truth across our lives and is truly a test of our heart’s devotion to God.
When we face an issue, are we really willing to do whatever it is God demands of us? We want Him to assure our victory, but are we really willing to do whatever he demands?
I am reminded of the scripture that tells us that those who love him and would follow him would ‘hate’ father, mother, sister, brother, etc. There are times in our lives when God may ask us to cut off relationships, confront sin, admonish the unfaithful and even harder tasks. He assures our victory if we would only obey his word without compromise. But our hearts and minds must be truly girded up with the full armor of God if we are to be able to stand. It is important that we remember at all times that our lives are hidden in – wrapped up in — and lost in … the person of Jesus Christ. If we take thought of our own desires or even the unpleasant nature of a request posed to us by the Father we are living with our minds on things of this earth. As we set our minds on God’s will and God’s way – it is imperative that we really believe that without obedience victory will not come. We must live our lives in the name of and for the sake of our King. No compromise! It is good to extend mercy – but not if God speaks against it. It is good to be gracious to our enemies – but not if God speaks against it. We must be prayerful – listening – trusting.
Father, As you lead me and guide me, may my heart be malleable, open and ready to receive your instruction. Help me to lean only on your understanding and not be tempted to bring to mind what I believe and know in the flesh. Father help me to obey completely at all times and in all situations. Help me to fight the fear of this world and this age and to embrace Your approval only. May my heart seek to obey, love and trust you with all that is within me. When you tell me to rout the enemy, please give me the courage to do so. When you tell me to extend mercy, please give me the wisdom to do so. Lead me and guide me. I will follow. Amen
The phrase ‘obedience is better than sacrifice’ has almost become trite in Christian circles.
These words of our Lord, however highlight the significance of obedience.
It not only indicates our love for Him; but opens the way for the Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, to dwell within us.
So many cry for the Holy Spirit to come. But, so many are not willing to lay their own wills down in obedience to Our Lord.
It is necessary that we obey. In order to obey … it is necessary that we know His commands. In order to know His commands … it is necessary that we spend time in His Word.
Jesus is clear that a prerequisite for receiving the Holy Spirit is obedience.
Father, help us to rightly cry out to you from hearts that are rightly submitted to Your will and Your way. Help us to understand that we have no right to come to You for help, teaching, or power … when we live in disobedience to You. Help us to obey in all things from hearts that love You and are willing to obey!!
Saturday, December 1st!! I know that is tomorrow, but I will have completed the 6 weeks that the hospital appoints me. But today – November 30th, there’s been a blessing!!
Last weekend I had a fellowship the Saturday after Thanksgiving that was very encouraging to me. It was a time with our Ghanaian friends/family from all over Houston; that just lifted me up!
I cooked gumbo. Lloyd said it was great.
I tasted a Whataburger Jr. LOL! I liked it more than Sonic but do no understand why people would eat it regularly
And the best news is … The difficulties are not bothering me!!! Vertigo, tiredness, vocabulary, recognition of people … they are still there but I feel ABSOLUTELY blessed!
Lloyd has been pretty clear that we were going overseas in our job soon. I didn’t really believe it, but the doctor’s office called me to let me know it was necessary to ensure that I’m ready to return full time to my job. The doctors office also let me know that they have been communicating this to Lloyd which means, I’m on a plane!! We are going to France (NO! not Paris) to visit three missionaries who are learning French in preparation for their work in Africa.
I was a little scared at first, but I was reminded by my Spiritual Director, Minister Denise Foxx, to remember that I have not had a seizure in six weeks AND I haven’t had even an airplane seizure since the Lord placed me under the care of this neurological team. I believe in The Amazing Almighty God! I trust Him! Yes, I do! He has guided me and He will keep me. Y’all … pray for me!
When I return from the trip, I will be meeting with the surgeon as soon as I get off the plane … literally! He wants me to land and drive straight to the Houston Medical Center. I love the relationship I have with them, and God’s impact on them through lil’ old me! 5 days after meeting with the surgeon I have an appointment with the neurologist. It is not over yet!
I know that The One who is healing me is worthy of all praise. In fact, I know that The Almighty God has healed me of the seizures and sent me through surgery because I can let others understand the work of Our Father in medical care. I’ve had six weeks without ONE seizure! The Holy Comforter has kept me in my right mind. The Great I AM reminded me day by day that I am a child of the King who is!!
My Father, my Lord, the fullness of my joy is in Your presence! You receive my praise each and every single day! You have loved me, My Father. You have called me to be a saint and have, through Jesus Christ, given me grace and peace. I’m rejoicing today because I know, with no doubt, that you will keep me firm until the end. I know that Your hand keeping me will help me to be blameless when Jesus Christ is looking at me! My Father, you are so faithful. I am grateful beyond my own understanding that You have called me into fellowship with Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ. Traveling across the ocean is a place that You will keep me. Using me to serve people who have been called by you into missions, I know you will use me strongly for the sake of Your Kingdom. (Proverbs 3: 23 – 24; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9)
If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!
Grateful that we are alive
Grateful that we are living somewhere
Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
Grateful for our family/friends
Grateful for jobs
Grateful for something to eat
Grateful for salvation
Grateful for mercy
Grateful for grace
You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.
As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!
If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.
I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!
Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid. Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty. But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You! You are so worthy!
When we are little children, right and wrong are so very simple. Just do what our parents allow and abstain from what they prevent. Stop when they say stop and proceed when they approve. Not so simple when you grow up.
There are foundational dos and don’ts out of Exodus: no idols, no using the Lord’s name out of place, no murder, no adultery, no lying, no lies, no lusting someone’s spouse; no craving someone’s stuff; honor God as Lord, honor God above any other lesser god, honor the Lord’s day as Holy, honor your parents. And I’m sure we ALL do these with no problem at all. (SMILE!!) Well, at least I know you all do. I’ve got a bad hip from kneeling to repent so often! So very grateful for His forgiveness and His cleansing. But that’s not what I’m wanting you to think about.
What about what happens on the inside of you. If you have a personal relationship with The Lord, there is something in your life that He has asked you to do (or not to do) that is in addition to that list above. You know what I’m talking about – His will for your life. This might be giving your belongings to some person; it might be ending a romantic relationship; it might be writing a book; it might be refraining from some food; it might be moving to some foreign country to serve in missions full time; it might be accepting an illness as His assignment to teach believers how to die, etc. It could be easy and uncomfortable. It could be difficult and unimaginable. The bottom line is – you don’t want to do it!
The Holy Spirit’s conviction is strong within you and yet you don’t act in the way that you are led because of your own confusion or even your own fear. And now – you’re not feeling well, you’re worried about who you’re disappointing, etc. I want to encourage you to trust the Lord enough to act in the way that He is calling you. If you just trust Him the confusion and fear that you are facing will cease! I’m serious! The unrest, sickness, dissension, disunity, fear, duality, and sense of disloyalty to the King of Kings will cease! And let’s just be honest — you’re walking in sin when you act against what you know to be God’s will for you even if that action is not something that is against the teachings of Scripture. I’m praying for you!!
But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. Romans 14:23
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39