But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had predicted. (Exodus 8:15 NLT)
When God is determined to do something, He will never back off. Period. This is serious and every man has to understand that he can’t fool around but submit.
Just 2 or 3 unusual incidents are all needed to sense that we are not going in the right direction and it is time to stop, ponder and obey.
Exodus Pharaoh was an example that there are no human will that can be stronger than God’s will.
When God wants us to do His will, sometimes there is not much difference between stubbornness and negotiating with Him on what we can do.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Psalm 32:9
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. (Matthew 11:20 NLT)
Abusing God’s grace is unthinkable, but this is what willful rebellion (sin) does.
By meeting our needs supernaturally (miracles) God is not convincing us to worship Him. He does that to help us in our helpless situation only because of His deep love for us.
After seeing the hand of God move in our life if we don’t repent and turn to God – we just abused His grace on us.
God’s Kingdom is moving and ever expanding. His grace thru’ Christ Jesus hovers over all of us, and He is faithful to deliver all who calls upon His Name. There is only one expectation from God – repent and be baptized (meaning let go of our old willful self and put on the new man in Christ Jesus)!
The intervention of God in our lives must humble us, make us to self examine, feel awful about our sinful nature, agree to our deepest need for God’s salvation and cry out in repentance.
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord . (Psalms 4:5 NLT)
Religious sacrifices are a self-deceptive idea to please God and to fool ourselves that we are now in right standing with God.
It is also a religious idea to offer God something because of a guilt from past or for a present need.
God pay no attention to our great sacrificial offerings and cries when we refuse to change our ways and surrender to His will. In other words, God is not for sale.
“What is more pleasing to the Lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)
“Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” (Psalms 2:3 NLT)
Pride instantly brings a deceptive illusion that we are so big and shouldn’t be dependent of anyone.
The moment pride sets in, the relationship that we are dependent on will sound slavery.
Pride makes us to think we know better and make us mock the rules and regulations in place which indicates that we are prone to fail if they’re not there.
Every creature are created to be dependent on God. Period. We know our boundaries and what has to be submitted for God to do in our lives. It’s simply the pride that destroys God’s plan for our lives.
There is a peaceful freedom in submission to God’s authority!
They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. (Romans 2:15 NLT)
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. (Romans 1:21 NLT)
I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrew 8:10
Our thoughts and will make us to do anything it wanted – this is the reason we abruptly disobey, and find ourselves lacking self control and be a failure.
What if there is a total control on how we could think and willingness to do nothing but the righteousness!
There is only one thing that has such power to captivate human minds and turn the human hearts – it’s God’s Word!
The moment we allow this God’s control in our lives the fear of the Lord (obedience to Him) would become a delight and to seek God would become our earnest desire!
Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. Psalm 119:2
“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5
There is none who can train like the Lord to the one who He has anointed, separated and appointed for His cause.
Such calling is great but the price is very steep!
Prophet Jeremiah in Old Testament had such calling. Apostle Paul in New Testament had such calling. These men were constantly picked up, constantly encouraged directly by The Lord Himself.
These men risked their lives, were often in near death, beaten brutally, went unconscious in dungeons, betrayed, mocked – all for one reason: they spoke what the Lord told them to speak without altering one word.
After all they went thru’, the normal human emotions expects pity, soothing words – but the Lord gave a pricking statement that made them to run far stronger than before!
What is this strange love for God! What is this extreme obedience for God!
Prophet Isaiah expressed it, our Lord Jesus exhibited it!
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6
What excuse can we have for our disobedience to His word? How hard is it for us to obey compared with these extreme obedience these men had?
Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear. Proverbs 22:10
Every individual grows when there is a room for mistakes and room for correction.
Rebels grow when their mistakes are constantly tolerated and never corrected.
Any rebel would tend to think he/she is perfect while being wrong; as a result they mock others who are doing right, they constantly insults and brings shame if not sent away.
Lord has called us to live in peace and do the purpose for which He has called us. None are called to be drained out and be humiliated with mocking, false accusations and arguments.
It’s enough, let’s move on already!
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11