Brothers and Sisters this is something that that seems to be a major issue within the Body Of Jesus. Many have the attitude that they will do something that God Directs them to do, if it seems Important To Them, if They Have The Time and If, If, If, never Accomplishes God’s Will.
So what’s the big deal, whether I do something when God Says or whenever I get around to it as long as I do it…right? No… this is not right and has Consequence’s that can either be immediately or affect generations to come. This goes beyond Complacency, but it does deal with Your Relationship with Jesus.
Here are some Scriptures dealing with Disobedience, which is the course of being Proactive to Reactive. We need to understand this one thing first; God is always Proactive, even having a plain in His Reaction to any given situation.
“42 Go not up, for the LORD [is] not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites [are] there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. 44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, [even] unto Hormah.”
“9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. 10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. 11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. 12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. 13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, 14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, [Art] thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I [am]. 15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. 16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: 17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. 18 He said unto him, I [am] a prophet also as thou [art]; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. [But] he lied unto him. 19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. 20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which [the LORD] did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. 23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, [to wit], for the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase. 25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told [it] in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard [thereof], he said, It [is] the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.”
1 Kings 13:9-26
We as The Blood Bought Presume that because we are Saved By Grace, that to be Obedient is of little concern, that Jesus setting up the Five Fold (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher) is of no concern, that you can pick and choose the Will of God for your own lives, saying “We do not need the Apostle, or Prophet, or Evangelist or Even the Teacher, but we will abide and sometimes do even as the Pastor says”.
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
2 Corinthians 10:12
Throughout Scripture God has sent Men and Women to His people for Direction, Protection and His Love. God was and is Proactive in leading His people, and, God, by His Own Word is Accountable and Responsible for those very Actions to His people. Disobedience is a negative Choice, which will bring God’s Reactive Response that will be Negative to your Life, not Positive. It will not bring forth Blessings, but it will bring forth Cursing’s that you cannot escape from, whether in this World or when you Die. There is Repentance, but it does not change your decision to be Disobedient in the first place. There still will be a consequence to your Action.
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.”
What many do not understand about this one verse is that Jesus Must also give an Account for your Lives to The Father.
Many of you Ask, you Pray for Direction, you Pray for Protection in Your Walk and it seems that God is Silent or that God is Not Answering you, but He is. Jesus Sends and you Ignore, Jesus Speaks and you are as Deaf… because you have conceived within yourselves to know exactly How Jesus will do something in your life.
“6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”
Your Thoughts, Your Action are based upon what you have grown up with and in that Teaching you have become active to the things that concern you and Not God. Instead you have become Reactive to what Jesus is doing in your Life in a Negative fashion, being Disobedient to His Ways, all because YOU think you KNOW BETTER!
In myself, I Walk, I Speak, And I Do ALL Because Of Jesus! If Jesus Saved You from Hell and the Lake Of Fire, if Jesus did this and You say that You Trust Him, then why do you Walk in Disobedience to His Word! If Jesus set up the Governing Body, that is, the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, for Direction, Guidance and Protection, then WHO ARE YOU to destroy, deny, or change what He has done!
“10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
“1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Your active Walk is Not where God Is, you say one thing and yet You are doing something different, and then wonder why God is Not Answering you. Then, you become Reactive if things don’t go Your Way! You say you have Faith, but your Actions speak differently.
To be Proactive In Jesus, means that you Walk In His Ways, which means that you Must Trust Him in what way He chooses to Direct Your Life, How Ever He Desires You To Do So. If Jesus Sends you someone, then you need to be Proactive in Obedience, doing what Jesus has said to do, by whomever He sends to say to do it. If your Heart is Set on being Obedient To Jesus No Matter What The Cost, then you will Jump at every opportunity that He Sends you and by doing so you are Building A Relationship With God that only God can measure.
If you are being Reactive, that is, you decide that “Oh I Should Have…” then there is a good chance that you will miss a Blessing that Jesus had for you or others. Jesus Reacts to Your Actions.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
The Proactive is Your Love To God In Obedience, Your Proactive is having Faith In Jesus, whom is The Living Word Of The Father that, Whosoever, How Ever that Jesus desires to Help You, You accept it, being Obedient to His will.
Now a word of caution needs to be said here. Not everyone who claims to be from God, is from God. There are many whom Satan has that are sent to Deceive The Saints of God.
“1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
1 John 4:1-6
Here is a Rule that you can follow. If The Word or Action Leads back to Jesus In Praise, Obedience and Love then you can rely that it came from God, if it is Self-Glorification of any kind, or Glorifies the World in any fashion or Glorifies Man in anything, then you can trust that it is Not Of God!
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savor!!!
Amen and Amen!!!