How to Get Yourself in a Place to Receive God’s Instruction

Do you walk in obedience at your convenience or do you walk in strict obedience to our Father?

Obedience requires sacrifice. It requires us sacrificing what we think is important and what our flesh wants. It sometimes requires us sacrificing the easy way out. It requires us to get rid of our fleshly tendencies. Obedience requires discipline. Discipline to be adamant about following His orders, obeying our prophecies and directions that He has given directly to us.

Some of us would say we are obedient to God. We go to church, pray and worship, but this is not the obedience I am talking about. The obedience I am talking about is following His instruction.

How closely and attentively do you follow His instruction? Do you write down His instructions? Do you remember His instructions? Do you ignore His instructions or do you listen to His instructions? We don’t all like to be told what to do, even by our Heavenly Father. I assure you, we do need His instruction.

How do we get ourselves in a place to receive that instruction and act on those instructions? It is by allowing God to instruct us in all areas of our life, big and small. We look for God’s direction in big things, but when we hear His direction in the small things, often we don’t think it is God and that we don’t need to obey in the “little things.” It is obedience in these little things that the Father uses to instruct us how to have obedience in the greater things. When we hear these instructions and obey, we will learn to hear more clearly as a result of our obedience.

As you look at your life, do you consider yourself an obedient person? Would you be obedient if God told you to give away a piece of your jewelry? What if He told you to buy a person’s meal? Now let’s go a little further, what if there was something you really wanted to do badly and He told you not to do it? Could you be obedient? What if there was a situation that you really had to walk by faith and not by sight? Could you be obedient? What if you thought, oh it’s no big deal I will do it anyways?  That is not obedience! Doing something contrary to what He has instructed you to do is nothing but disobedience.

Obedience comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. Our Heavenly Father is requiring us to be obedient in all things—all things, not just some things, but all things. This requires us crucifying our flesh, our wants and our desires for His. Our life is not our own; it belongs to the One who sits on the throne! We must get to the point where every thought, every action is in obedience to Him, is in relationship to Him.

We must examine our past instructions from the Father and ask ourselves, are we completing them, are we living them out? We need to go back into the past and say what has the Father told me to do, what have I written down, what did He tell me to start or complete that I am not doing. We need to make sure the things of the past, present and future are under the guidance and leading of the Father and that we are heeding His instruction willfully, obediently and quickly.

There is much more we can be doing for the kingdom if we will take the time to repent, confess, submit and take a huge step forward in complete obedience. No matter what it feels like or looks like, will you take that step forward with me in complete obedience? Remember our life is not our own; it belongs to the One who sits on the throne.

IT’S ALL ABOUT HIM; IT’S NOT ABOUT ME

As I sit meditating in prayer this morning the revelation came to me…WHEN HAVE WE STOPPED HELPING PEOPLE???  I am specifically thinking about helping other ministries advance.  Aren’t we supposed to all work together and unite for the Kingdom of God?  When did it become all about us and “our ministry?”  Our ministry isn’t our ministry it is God’s ministry for the people of God.  Our ministry is about any calling the Lord has bestowed upon us.  Aren’t we supposed to be helping others advance?

 

In the church today there is much competition and jealousy.  Pastors and church leaders don’t want to invite prophetic and evangelistic ministries out to speak in fear of them “stealing their people and their money.”  It isn’t their people or their money, they are God’s people and God’s money.  How are evangelistic ministries going to “steal” these people anyways, most of the time they are from another state or region?  They are simple coming in to enhance the church, deliver a word and assist the pastor.

 

We need to step back and say, “If I promote others, God will promote me.”  “If I sow financially into good ground and good soil, God will sow into me.”  “If I am more concerned about other’s than myself, God will bless me.”  The righteousness of Christ within us is helping and assisting others in any way we can.

 

In the day of social media we can assist others by sharing their facebook posts and not concerning ourselves that someone got another like or friend request.  We can be a pulpit for ourselves and others.  The question is will we lay aside selfishness and do so.  When did it become all about us?

 

If we are called to make disciples and we are, then we need to be about advancing anyone who comes in our path.  If we want to be about the Father’s business than we need to do His business without being selfish.

 

In the day and age of facebook and social media we have the perfect opportunity to promote and exalt other ministries. Aren’t we supposed to be about the Father’s business and making sure people get the word of God, new teaching and revelation? Why are we intimidated by sharing status’, tweets and other information? If we are truly about the Father’s business it is not about our ministry because our ministry is His ministry and the people’s ministry.

 

It is about getting the Kingdom of God advanced in any means possible and not being self seeking and self exalting in the process. It is about establishing people to be greater than yourselves. You can make a difference on the internet, on your wall in your retweets.

 

So therefore share what you can and advance the Kingdom anyway you can…time is short and people need to hear the truth of God’s word without selfishness involved. This truly is a word of the Lord for the people of God this morning. Advance the Kingdom by advancing others. It doesn’t matter who spreads the gospel as long as it gets spread.