TOPIC: DISOBEDIENCE THE ENEMY OF REST
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15: 22. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! It has been confirmed that instructions are the ladder for anyone who wants to be great in life.
All through the Bible we see that stars are made by obedience to divine instructions! So also our rest in any realms of life is a function of strict compliance to divine instructions.
Therefore, disobedience is an enemy of rest in any dimension. Today we shall briefly examine how disobedience destroys people’s rest in life.
Why is disobedience an enemy of rest?
1. It breeds restlessness: Anywhere disobedience is in operation, the Holy Spirit gives way to an evil spirit that sponsors restlessness and confusion.
A good example is King Saul:
1 Samuel 16: 14. But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
Beloved, any time you disobey the Holy Spirit, you have simply opened a door to the spirit of restlessness, and there’s no way you can be at rest when your mind is restless.
2. It brings losses: When a man disobeys God, losses are inevitable! And where losses abound, there can never be rest. A classical example is King Saul who Lost his kingdom because of disobedience(1Sam.13:13-14);
1 Samuel 13: 13. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 14. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
For a genuinely born again child of God, any time you disobey the Holy Spirit, you will observe loss of peace and rest!
Some of us may try to explain why we disobey God but the loss of peace remains as long as you realize yourself and repent of your sins.
If however, you refuse to comply to His rebuke and correction, He will quietly walk out of your life. And you can be sure your restlessness continues when the Holy Spirit leaves you alone.
Beloved have you lost your peace of recent? Could it be because of your disobedience to the voice of God? The voice came through your pastor, you ignored it, it came through your Bible yet you ignored it!
The voice went further and came through your conscience, you ignored it and even in your dreams, you delibrately shut your mind against the warning of the Holy Spirit.
Now your life is full of confusion and restlessness! I have a good news for you, God is set to fix up your life again! He is still interested in you, if only you will be willing to cooperate with God.
What is it that God is instructing you to do? Please go and do it. Did God instruct you to preach to a particular person, go and do it. Is God asking you to sow a certain amount as seed, please obey God or is God asking you for something that is not money, just go ahead and do whatever instructions God has given you.
For some, it is disobedience to the calling of God. Whatever you like just do, until you obey God, you may never have your rest!. Some have attempted to bribe God with sacrifice instead of doing what God told them.
The Bible said;
1 Samuel 15: 22. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real! Every act of disobedience will ultimately lead to eternity in hell, so make your way right with God today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I receive grace to be an obedient child in the name of Jesus.
– I declare restoration of all that you have lost as you begin to obey God from today in the name of Jesus.
-I prophesy the tears-wiping Hand of the Lord, wipe away your tears today in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you