Obedience is Better than Sacrifice!

In 1 Sam. 15:23 God told Saul that obedience to him is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of lambs.

The Lord made it clear to Saul that he wanted him to hear his voice and obey his commands and that was the way he was to worship.

The Lord made a command to Saul to slay every inhabitant of Amalek including their animals. Saul leaned on his own reasoning in the situation. Rather than do what he was told, Saul spared the king of Amalek and took the best of the spoil for himself.

The Lord took Saul’s disobedience as a rebellious act against his Lordship.

Saul said that he was going to sacrifice the sheep and oxen he had taken to the Lord but the Lord wouldn’t accept it.

Saul it seemed wanted to serve God Saul’s way. He knew better than God on how to serve God.

Saul even justified his action by saying he did everything that he was told to do but he took the best of the animals to make a big sacrifice to God. Plus Saul let the king or head of the Lord’s enemy live.

Amalek was a descendant of Esau. This lineage had no respect to God’s covenant. They were disrespectful of God’s holy ways.

By letting Amalek’s king live Saul was compromising with evil.

God’s view was that Saul by taking matters into his own hand was therefore in rebellion and operating in a witchcraft spirit. He in effect was denying God.

This story is really a parallel to the religious spirit that decides how God should be worshiped. The religious spirit comprises with things that disrespect God’s word.

Religion wants to make all kinds of obligations and ritualistic observations in preference to what God’s word has to say.

The religious spirit wants to perform feats that guise as worshiping God but in reality only exalt man’s ego.

God requires obedience to please him. Romans 6:16 tells us that obedience to the faith moves into righteousness or justification.

Obedience means attentive hearkening, complying with a command or request.
Submitting to the authority and moral conviction of the religious truth of reliance on Jesus Christ for salvation. This is obedience to the faith.

God’s way of worship is by faith in Jesus Christ! Not rituals and all kinds of humanistic effort.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to demolish high minded reasoning that oppose knowing God and bringing captive the intellect to obey Jesus Christ.

In other words cast down any form of worship that is against what God’s word defines as worship.

What is obedient worship acceptable to God?

1 Peter 1:2 says that God the Father has chosen those who by his foreknowledge through sanctification (purified and made holy) of the Holy Spirit unto ( toward) obedience (hearkening to command ) and sprinkling of the blood atonement of Jesus Christ.

The only form of worship pleasing to God is through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ and obedience to the gospel.

Those who hearken to this command will be received by God the Father and are well pleasing in his sight.

Anything added to that or taken from that is considered disobedience to God.

Sin Shall Not Have Dominion!

Romans Chapter 6:14 tells us that sin shall not have any dominion over us.

To have dominion over means to exercise Lordship, ownership, to be ruled by.

If in fact scriptures tell us that sin shall not have dominion over us then why does sin have dominion over some Christians?

Why are some Christians living very much like they are not much different than the unsaved?

Let’s take a look at what scriptures tell us about the matter.

We find out in the next verse that sin has no dominion over Christians because we are not under law but under grace.

In other words Christians now have a new Lord. The Bible tells us that prior to salvation sin was our master. We were under the control of the devil through the sin nature. Sin is the devil’s nature. That is why Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees who were under the law that they had the devil’s nature.

Continuing on in the chapter we can find the remedy for the sin nature. Verse 15 makes it clear that just because we are under grace or favor from God through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ that does not mean we are free to continue to sin.

Verse 16 tells us that whoever we yield ourselves to obey is whose servant we are to whom we obey. If we yield to sin it is because we have sin as our master. If we yield to the Holy Spirit it is evident that God is our master.

Yielding to sin produces death. That means our fruit will be rotten, leading to decay and death. In other words our lives will produce defeat, sickness, poverty, and all kinds of ailments which may lead even to eternal death.

That is why Jesus said to test the fruit to see if someone really belongs to Jesus. If our lives are producing bad fruit then it is because of one or two things. Either there is no real salvation experience or their is ignorance of God’s word.

Vrs. 17 tells us that if we obeyed the teaching we received about salvation then we are free from the dominion of sin and are now become servants of righteousness.

Righteousness in this verse is translated as justification. Made in right standing with God. Now some Christians will stop there BUT it does in fact not end there.

This verse goes on to say that if we have been made righteous then our fruit will be unto holiness. In other words the fruit of our lives will be producing a sanctified purified life.

Now what is the key here to going from the righteous of God in Christ Jesus to holiness or godly living?

The key is in this word. YIELD. If indeed we have received Jesus Christ and are justified by his blood then we will be servants of that righteousness producing holy living.

Under the sin nature we yielded to sin. It was our master. But now we belong to another, born of his Spirit and are become servants of righteousness. If we are servants then we are not free to live any way the old flesh or earthy senses try to dictate.

We are now called to yield to God. That is to the Holy Spirit given to us at the new birth which makes his will know to us by revelation of the word of God. To yield means to give way to, adhere to. Submit to.

Verse 23 declares that the wages or earnings of obeying the sin nature will produce death but the gift of God which is salvation through Jesus Christ freely given to us produces eternal life.

Those under the dominion of sin are the slaves to sin but those under the dominion of the Holy Spirit are now become servants of righteousness unto holiness.

Yield or give way your vessel to the Holy Spirit and he will empower you to live a life that pleases God!

Idle Words !

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew chapter 12 that everyone will have to give account for every idle word that they speak on the day of judgment.

The word idle is argos in the Greek which means to be lazy, inactive, barren, non productive or slow.

Jesus spoke this after having encounters with the religious people of his day. What words were these religious leaders speaking to Jesus that caused him to say this? Let’s take a look at Matthew Chapter 12.

The religious leaders in this chapter’s account were accusing and condemning Jesus. They were also using scriptures to try to entrap him. Then when Jesus answered with wisdom this really irked the religious leaders and so they conspired to stop Jesus from performing his ministry. They wanted to destroy him.

On top of all that the religious leaders began to call his miraculous works of the devil. Jesus told them that they were committing blasphemy by attributing his miracles from a demonic source. He also told them that by speaking against the Holy Spirit when they saw the miracles that they were in danger of hell fire.

Jesus explained to his disciples that what the mouth speaks is what is in the heart. Words spoken reveals the spiritual condition.

If the words spoke are negative, non productive, ungodly then that’s because of the condition of the heart.

An angry bitter person speaks negative critical words. An unbelieving heart speaks doubt and unbelief.

A faith filled heart speaks uplifting encouraging words.

Jesus said that the words we speak from our mouths reveal our heart condition. In other words we are what we say.

This is why we will be judged by our words. If we breath out cruelty, meanness and criticism then we will eat the fruit of our words. Jesus did say that we will have what we say. We become in our actions the condition of our hearts verified by the words we speak.

If however as Jesus said, we have good things in our heart then we will produce good things. The word of God living in our hearts will bring forth much fruit.

This means that when situations arise in our lives we will automatically draw from the word of God we have put in our heart.

For example, if we loose a job we can say, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory through Jesus Christ.”

If we have someone oppose us we can say, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue rising up against me shall be condemned.”

We speak what’s in our heart when situations arise. Faith filled hearts speak faith filled words but hearts filled with dark things speak dark words.

This is what the Lord means by “A pure heart will see God.” A heart filled with the word of God will see God’s hand at work in every situation. (Matthew 5:8)

Idle words are non productive words in the Kingdom of God. Words of no spiritual good. Words that speak contrary to sound doctrine and have no faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:1 Mathew 21:22, 23)

God’s word is like a fire in the heart’s of his people. These hearts bring life and liberty in Jesus Christ through their words. A pure heart sees God’s divine intervention in every situation and declares God’s word into the situation.

God’s words spoken are words seasoned with salt bringing grace to the hearers. (Jeremiah 20:29, Colossians 4:6)

So put God’s word in your heart and speak God’s word in every situation. Then you will find the Lord bringing his miracle working power into all your situations.

Fear Not !

God commands his people not to fear or be dismayed. Rather he says to be strong and of good courage. (Joshua 1:9 )

What exactly is fear and why is it important not to be afraid?

The definition of fear is believing that something or some one is dangerous, likely to cause pain or is a threat.

Dismayed means to be distressed or filled with anxiety and worry. A form of fear.

Simply put, fear is Satan’s weapon. His whole kingdom of darkness is run by fear. To fear is to agree with the devil. To side with his kingdom and agenda. To believe in his power in the circumstance.

Satan uses intimidation, lies, deception in order to control. He is the ultimate rebel and sorcerer. He bewitches people to believe his lies.

When we fear we are believing in Satan’s deception. We are putting our feelings and trust in Satan’s power and ability.

Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith is the key principle on which the kingdom of God operates. Faith trusts God in the face of difficulties and unsavory circumstance. Faith in God releases the power of the Holy Spirit and the angelic realm to work on our behalf.

Faith believes in God’s remedy even though fear says the opposite.

To exercise faith is to choose to agree with what God says in his word and not in the devil’s projection of facts. The devil’s facts can change and be removed when faith in God is exercised.

Faith is not feelings and emotions. Faith is a choice. Faith refuses to side with the devil’s facts and chooses to agree with God’s word.

Let’s look at God’s remedy for fear.

Scriptures tell us not to fear because God is with us. He is on our side! God says he will give us strength in our situation. He promises to uphold us with his victory. (Isaiah 41: 10)

Jesus gave us his victory! He won the battle and his victory is our victory. The new covenant of promise is ours if we believe it to be so. Remember Jesus said “according to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29)

God commands us to be strong. That is not an option but an order. Scriptures tell us that we are strong in the Lord through HIS mighty power! (Ephesians 6:10)

God also commands us to be encouraged. How do we do that? Just like David did and the children of Israel did! They encouraged themselves in the Lord. They sang songs declaring the victory YHWY brought to them. They declared his word and all his mighty deeds.

Encouraging ourselves in the Lord brings faith to our heart. We stop looking at the devil’s puny power and look at the greatness of our God and his power to heal, set free and deliver. Remember that scriptures tell us that those who put their trust in the Lord will NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED. (Isaiah 49:23)

In fact the Lord says that those who put their trust in him WILL BE BLESSED! (Jeremiah 17:17)

Never is never! We don’t give up! We know who we believe! We know who sits on the throne!

God’s remedy for our circumstance is also to pray and bring our needs before his throne. To praise him until the answer comes! He has promised deliverance if we trust in him and surrender our hearts to him! (Philippians 4:6)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24:

If God is for us then no one can be against us! God will defeat every demonic power set against us if we chose to trust him and reject Satan’s lies.

Satan says….”there is no way out. No deliverance for you. No healing, no provision, no peace.”

God says… Fear Not! I will help you! I will deliver you! I will show myself strong on your behalf! I am on your side!
Psalm 118:6

God loves us and his love for us casts out all fear! (1 John 4:18)

The scriptures tell us that fear is not from God. Fear is debilitating. Fear brings bondage. Fear brings sickness, depression and even physical problems. Fear is the devil’s power.

Faith or trust in the Lord is the nemesis of fear. Faith in God is to have his power, his love and his soundness. Faith in God is the healing balm of Gilead. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear not says the Lord! It is your Father’s pleasure to give you his kingdom! God is our salvation! He is our light in the darkness! He is our fortress and deliverer! (Psalm 27:1, Psalms 34:4, Luke 12:32)

I will not fear because he is with me through every darkness. His authority is over me! I will fear no evil!( Psalm 23:4)

Be not afraid, only believe ! Mark 5:36

Trust in the Lord and be saved! (Acts 18:31)

Trust in the Lord and be healed!   “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14 

Trust in the Lord whose promises are Yes and Amen! (Roman’s 8:15, )

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

Faith in God is the answer to every difficulty. No exception. When we exercise faith in God then fear must flee! Fear has no power over God’s love for us! His perfect love for us will cast off every fear!

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD FOR I AM WITH YOU!

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