Now, let’s consider what we will experience staying in God’s will (Obedience)
Most people believe that freedom is doing whatever we want, when we want. However, according to God’s Word, obedience and knowing what not to do, allows us to have freedom. Just because we are free to do something doesn’t mean we should. We are free to walk into traffic but again it doesn’t mean we should.
Some of us may know the scripture: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33). If we really study and pick apart this scripture we can see that there are 2 requirements of us. We must seek God’s Kingdom. This means we must know and understand His work, willingly study and go to him for everything. The other component is living righteously. Part of this is being obedient! We can’t just be seers and hearers of the word by studying; we must also DO, by being obedient.
Brings glory to God
Sometimes we may look to receive God’s blessings without ever being obedient. We should not wait to receive to obey. There are times where faith comes in to play because we may not understand or see why God is telling us to do something. We may not comprehend at the moment but it is still important to obey. An example would be when God told me to start attending another church for Sunday service. To me, this made no sense. I was concerned what people would say about me and what the whole point was. Reluctantly I followed through and God was glorified because I was blessed for following what He told me to do. I understand the Word better and I have grown spiritually. It was not on my own accord that these things came to past. God blessed me because I was obedient.
I don’t know about you but sometimes when it comes to assembling things I don’t read instructions. I mean how hard can it be to put together a bookcase? However sometimes when I’m done the piece is either missing something, does not come together correctly, isn’t sturdy or it takes entirely too long. I like a sense of accomplishment when working on things. Whether it is this blog, a skirt that I’m sewing or creating a headboard (post coming soon). Imagine how much easier it would have been if I had just followed the instructions laid out for me. The bookcase that took me 2 hours could have been a mere 30 minutes. It’s the same when it comes to staying inside of God’s will. He has a plan for all of our lives and there is so much more that we can accomplish if we stay the course. The only way to know God’s will for our lives is to know His Word. David attempted to move the Ark and because he did not ask God the correct way to move it, the progress failed.
Some of our desires are given to us by God. The problem is we try to satisfy them in the wrong way and/or at the wrong time. In these situations we are to use God’s Word by knowing and obeying scripture. Our methods against temptation (Satan’s attacks) are knowing, obeying and applying God’s Word. I’ve been an example of know the Word but not obeying and completely disregarding application. Let me tell you, it’s not worth the trouble that comes along with surrendering to temptation, in whatever aspect it may be.
Now just because we are in God’s will does not mean that it’s going to be easy all the time. We will experience some tough times because the devil wants us back and he will do anything in his power to get us to turn away from Christ. Even for a time Moses and Aaron suffered for obeying God. The good part is Christ is stronger and as long as we stay committed and dedicated to His Word we have him to lean on. HE will fight our battles. I can speak on this because sometimes I have anxiety issues. Does that make me less of a Christian? No! It means that I still have areas where Christ is pruning and improving me to be without spot or blemish for his kingdom. There are times when I’ve let my flesh (physical issues) overcome me and I was left distraught, hurt, abandoned because I was focused on my problem instead of Christ. On the other hand I have to remember that even though I may have tears and I may have doubts, I must always turn my face back unto Christ because without him I would surely be dead.
So a question I must ask myself everyday is: Am I operating within God’s Will?