Learning To Obey
I’m a dreamer, which means that many times when God has a message He wants to get across to me – a warning, a promise, a prophetic word – He delivers it in a dream, while I’m sleeping. Even now, as I look back at some of the things God has revealed to me concerning my own life long before they happened, and how He’s protected me from great harm time and time again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
You see, many people confuse the idea of living by the Spirit as living legalistically, bound to a religious code of do’s and don’ts. They consider themselves ‘spiritual’ because they are good, and so they walk around donning an air of superiority. But the Spirit of God isn’t interested in legalistic righteousness; instead, what matters most to God is us growing in deep relationship with Him through obedience.
In Galatians 5:25, Paul says “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” There’s no profit in God speaking to us if we refuse to listen, and there’s no benefit in Him guiding us if we do not follow His directions. So it is that there’s a tremendous difference between simply hearing God`s voice and actually listening to His voice; for listening, being led, and ultimately living by the Spirit means to live in obedience to what He says.
Learning to be obedient to the voice of God, however, doesn’t always come easily; in fact, there are many of us who still struggle with doing exactly what God tells us to do. This is because God doesn’t operate from a place of human logic and rationale; what He says doesn’t always make sense. Case in point, according to natural law, water when poured into an empty jar should remain as water in the absence of any other ingredient. Yet, when Jesus told the men at the wedding in Cana to pour water into jars, what came flowing out of the jars and into the guests` cups was wine, rich and flavourful (John 2:1-11). Likewise, logic says that the number of people that can be fed at any one point in time is directly proportionate to the amount of food available. With that said, it is no less than impossible for five small loaves and two fishes to sufficiently feed five thousand hungry people; yet one day in the middle of the desert, God`s miraculous overthrew the natural and thousands were fed (Luke 9:12-17).
My point is that living in the Spirit and by the Spirit requires that we silence our flesh, regardless of how reasonable what our flesh has to say to us sounds. Being in sync with the Spirit of God flows out of a conscious decision to agree with Him, in everything. If He says, `Don`t do it`, then don`t do it. If He says, `No, that`s not the one I have for you`, then wait, another one is coming that is far more suitable. If He says, `Move now, it`s your turn`, then don`t hesitate, act quickly!
God calls us friends (John 15:15). Therefore, He desires to share secrets and reveal mysteries to us. God will tell you things that will make others wonder; He will direct your steps so skillfully that your enemies will be baffled at how you overcame their efforts. So is the nature of our relationship with God. Today, choose to agree with God, and demonstrate your agreement by making every other voice in your life, including your own, subservient to His. He`ll take you on an amazing journey.
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” – Galatians 5:25