The Dilemma of Obedience

January 30th, 2012 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision —1 Samuel 3:15


God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, “I wonder if that is God’s voice?” Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of his circumstances (Isaiah 8:11). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work, or do we see things as mere occurrences?Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on you, say, “Speak, Lord,” and make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline— it is meant to bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, Lord.” Think back to a time when God spoke to you. Do you remember what He said? Was it Luke 11:13 , or was it 1 Thessalonians 5:23? As we listen, our ears become more sensitive, and like Jesus, we will hear God all the time.Should I tell my “Eli” what God has shown to me? This is where the dilemma of obedience hits us. We disobey God by becoming amateur providences and thinking, “I must shield ’Eli,’ ” who represents the best people we know. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli— he had to decide that for himself. God’s message to you may hurt your “Eli,” but trying to prevent suffering in another’s life will prove to be an obstruction between your soul and God. It is at your own risk that you prevent someone’s right hand being cut off or right eye being plucked out (see Matthew 5:29-30).Never ask another person’s advice about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you will almost always side with Satan. “. . . I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood . . .” (Galatians 1:16).

January 30, 2012

Journal for Today-JDV

Lord, sometimes I wonder if it is your voice that I hear, or  my own. Is it your leading or my own mind taking me where I think I ought to  go? God I don’t want to hear my own voice, or the voice of the pastor or my brothers,  I want to hear Your voice and know it is You. When I know it is You I know I  can be obedient. Please help me discern the sound of Your voice.

And God says…”You will  learn to discern My voice among all the others calling you, when you are  obedient and practiced at hearing My voice.  Listen for Me all day long, and you will know the sound of My voice.  Search for Me and you will find Me throughout your day. I am right beside you  and you find Me right inside of your obedience and listening. However, knowing it is My voice has not  historically guaranteed your obedience. Are you obedient to my every word in the Bible? Your obedience, your ability to obey comes from being connected to Me and responding to every word and call. The more you are conformed into obedience, the greater your propensity and ability to hear and obey…”the next time”.

 “Seek and you shall find,  knock and the door will be open, search and you will find. All those that  search for Me find Me, and most of the time you will find Me right at the point of  your need as the result of your trust and obedience.”


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