|Posted on April 22, 2018 at 8:15 PM|
John 7:16-17 "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
I thought the Holy Spirit wanted me to read all of John 7 this morning, but I got stuck on these two passages. What a gloriously simple revelation! With child-like faith, we obey God BEFORE we have understanding of everything we think we need. He is telling us, THEN we will know whether all these false religions and doctrines of devils are of God or not. THEN we will know what decisions to make in the day. THEN we will know what we need to know as life unfolds moment by moment. OBEY GOD, whether we understand it or not.
Psalm 111:10 says it beautifully also, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that DO is comandments: his praise endures forever."
Samuel was trained up from a little child, obeying God and fearing, or reverencing God; by serving in the temple before he became one of the greatest prophets ever. Abraham obeyed God when he told him to leave all his kin folks and travel to an undisclosed location. The list goes on and on; but the point is, obedience leads to greater intimacy with God, which in turn leads to greater discernment of what is going on around us. Why? It is because the scriptures tell us so. Our greatest example of all is Christ Jesus, Yeshua, The Messiah.
Hebrews 2:9-10 "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
OUR LORD WAS OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, knowing it would offer humanity salvation to all who believe!
What will our obedience profit us if we are of the same mind? Think of all the souls we can touch and potentially sweep into the Kingdom of God! We gain intimacy with God, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding through it. How pleased Elohim, our Great God, would be with us.
Holy Abba Father: I pray we would honor You, reverence You, and have a pure desire to know You and obey You; for this is Your will for us. May we separate ourselves from the snares of this world and exchange chaos, confusion, and false ideals with peace, soundness of mind and truth; which only comes by knowing YOU! Father, may your people be salt and light in a lost and dying world; pointing them to the only One who can save and redeem them from eternal condemnation. Jesus, Yeshua...the Way, the Truth, and the Life! No one can get to You except to believe and confess Yeshua's death on that cruel stake, His burial, and His glorious resurrection; in the all-powerful and holy name of Jesus I pray, amen!