Recently, several times daily, The LORD has been bringing the word “Obedience” to my attention.
More recently, He has stated also sharing with me the word “Action”, and yesterday He has been reminding me the principles of 1 Samuel 15:22,
“So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.””
For a long time now, The LORD has communicated to me through others, usually to let me know when I have been thinking wrong things, for as is described in 2 Corinthians 13:1b,
“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established…..”
In these cases, I would receive two unexpected and unsolicited emails from around the world at the same time, contradicting what I had been thinking — my silly thoughts — and confirming instead how The LORD saw my situation. I saw them as the gentle correction of a loving Father, letting me know how things really were.
Yesterday at 4:40 a.m. I received an email confirming something I had spoken out over a friend the previous evening and from the wording of it, I immediately recognised it as a Word of encouragement from The LORD, and also wrapping up the teaching and Word I’d just given.
Yes, The LORD has been showing me that in this season, Obedience to Him is of paramount importance in all we do, think and say.
However, this Obedience needs to be lived out through our Actions, for as The Word says, by our fruit we are judged (Galatians 5.16-26). We cannot be obedient to The LORD in our intentional inaction.
The circumstances which brought the 4:40 a.m. email, were quite simple. As I had opened Facebook the previous afternoon, my eyes first alighted on comments from two persons unknown to me, referencing the name of someone I do know, and seeking a Word of his with which I was familiar. Without delay, I replied and provided the requested URL link and moved on.
My only thought as I did so, was to wonder why my eyes were so drawn to that one name on that page, among so much of what was of no interest to me.
Yes, it was a small thing, but as The LORD reminded me later in Luke 16:10a,
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much…..”
and in Zechariah 4:10a,
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin….”
Then, a couple of hours later, I felt The LORD urging me to minister to a visiting friend, urging him to speak out what he hears from The LORD while he is working. I felt The LORD wanted me to tell him that he can hear from The LORD, and does hear from The LORD.
So, I passed that Word on to him, and urged him to speak out to those whom he meets during his workday travels, and to whom The LORD wants to give personal messages.
The next day’s 4:40 a.m. email was a “thank you note” from the man whose name I had seen on Facebook, saying that he had been greatly blessed by my posting of that URL link.
On reading that email, I knew it was a massage from The LORD to encourage me in speaking out more to others, and that I had indeed heard correctly from The LORD, and in obedience to His Word, had acted on it.
It was The LORD’s encouragement, helping me to build Faith, that as I spoke more, The LORD would use me more and He would speak through me more. As The LORD says in Psalm 81:10,
“I AM the LORD your God….., ….. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
As I thanked The LORD last night for all this, I felt Him calling me to write it all down and publish it under a title which He also gave me.
For Christian, obedience must mean action, else we just become pew-warmers.
Stepping out in Faith and speaking out what we sense The LORD wants us to communicate to others around us, is our duty, or as Paul calls it in Romans 12:1, our “reasonable service”.
And…. the more we do it, the more The LORD will use us, and speak through us.
~ Angus MacKillop