30 Sept 2014 by Kim Yung CM-
Pastor Dianthini recently shared the Word at Faith Oasis Fellowship on 13th of September where he opened by saying, “God prepares you for His work; it’s a process of moulding — you either yield to the Lord’s hand or you yield to your problems. Peace is not the absence of conflict but it is the presence of God in that conflict. You need His strength to help you carry through”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Detailed observation of the entire Bible proves to us that all who were called by God faced adversities one way or another. It was their adversities that challenged them to rise up in faith because all of them looked to the Lord; they were able to carry out God’s will in their lives.
But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)
Obedience defeats the enemy. This is a powerful principle to remember. Obedience is better than sacrifice. There are many times we tell the Lord, “I have sacrificed this for you.” But the Lord may not have wanted that from you. He may have wanted you to sacrifice something else, and that sacrifice would come as your obedience unto the Lord. “Do not do something that the Lord does not want you to do,” shared Dianthini.
Asa did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God, 3 for he removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, 4 and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment. (2 Chronicles 14:2-4)
According to the scripture above (2 Chronicles 14:2-4), Asa cleaned up everything that was not of God, and came back to the Word and Law of God. Through that, Asa became spiritually clean and righteous. Due to his obedience, when the armies of a million men came against him, he cried out to the Lord and arose victorious as the armies fled (2 Chronicles 14:9-11)! “Because of his walk with God and his righteousness, he had every right to remind God. They were not only delivered from their adversaries, they even received blessings after that,” he shared.
Now Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and he came to Mareshah. 10 So Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” (2 Chronicles 14:9-11)
Your obedience to God will defeat the very purpose of the enemy. Going back to the very beginning, if Adam and Eve have obeyed God, we would not be in the position we are in today. You have to be loyal to God and God will be loyal to you.
“Remind yourself of this every day because it is something that is required from you. If you do not fulfil this requirement, then how can God help you? He may help you to a certain extent because of His love for you but He will not be able to deliver you. Receive Jesus as your personal saviour and give priority to obedience.
“It is important that you know that the Kingdom of God operates by the will of God, and the will of God is found in what He wants you to do and your obedience to Him. Great things will definitely come into your life because you dedicated your life to obedience. That is a promise of God,” said Dianthini.
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