DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
How many people today claimed that they love God, but refuse to obey His commands? Is this really love? Jesus said, if you love me, you will obey what I command. Jesus is uncompromising. When He says we are to obey His commands, He means all of them, not just a few.
Some of God’s commands are that we must walk in love, forgiveness, we must be born again, giving to the poor, having faith in God, and walking by the Spirit so as not to gratify the things of the flesh.
We read in Galatians, Chapter 5, that the acts of the flesh are: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. We are also warned that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Rather, when we live by the Spirit, we will produce the fruit of Spirit which is: Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Obedience to God’s Word brings us blessings. We become wiser, we have a peace that surpasses all understanding, we have joy unspeakable, God takes care of us by meeting our every need, and we live a successful life.
Sometimes, to many of us, obeying God’s commands may seem difficult and pointless. But, if we should just obey, we will receive the victory at the end. God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
In the Book of Joshua, Chapter 6, God told Joshua to march around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
We read that Joshua’s obedience to God gave them the victory and they possessed the city. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
On the other hand, we see in the Book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 15 that when King Saul was commanded to go and attack the Amalekites, to destroy them and all their possessions, killing their men, women, children, babies and all the cattle, Saul disobeyed by sparing the life of King Agag and the best sheep and cattle as a sacrifice.
There is a price to be paid for disobedience. God rejected Saul as King for his disobedience. He reigned for 42 years as King of Israel and David was anointed to succeed him. To God, obedience is better than any sacrifice.
As children of God, let us not live in ignorance by conforming to the evil desires of this world. Let us live a sanctified and obedient life unto God. Many today are seeking God for a financial breakthrough, for a turnaround in their marital relationship that seem to be collapsing, or for job opportunities. But, have you considered your ways? Have you repented of your sins and fully surrendered your life to God? Are you living in obedience to God?
Yes, we know that God is merciful and He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust, but there is a price to be paid for disobedience to God. Disobedience is a sin. God hates sin and the wages for sin is death. But if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, it is time to repent and believe the Gospel.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6:46 , “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Brothers and sisters, we are only deceiving ourselves if we are only hearers and not doers of the Word of God.
Just as it was with Joshua, God will give us the victory if we walk in obedience to His Word. If we listen and serve Him, our days will be prosperous and we will live our years in pleasantness.
I encourage us to let us fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Amen.