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What Does Obedience Look Like?

Mar 23, 2021

 

I sat down for a while,” as the old folks would say, and reflected on what I had accomplished since the middle of July. I had prayed about my next step, what I had always dreamed of doing; writing to supplement my retirement income. So, I stepped out in faith and signed up for a course that provided mentorship to “Getting and Keeping Clients!” I knew the coach and I knew he was very successful in his own copywriting business. I took the plunge and it was well worth my effort. His administrative assistant told me, “It was one of the best Information packets she had ever seen!” I felt enormous pride in my accomplishment, (then, remembering the adage, “Pride cometh before the fall”,) I uttered a prayer of thanks as I continued to do the marketing portion of the assignment. 

 A few days before Christmas I decided to take two weeks off to travel and spend time with family, and that’s when, in a quiet moment with God, I asked Him. “Why have I only gotten nibbles and no actual contracts from all my hard work?” 

“I CLEARLY TOLD YOU MY DAUGHTER IN SEPTEMBER 2017… YOU ARE GOING TO SPEAK LIFE INTO THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE. AND, I TOLD YOU THE SAME THING AGAIN, SEPTEMBER 2018!” 

I sat very quietly (imagine the round-eyed emoji!) and I took a deep breath. It was true! I had clearly heard the Holy Spirit, as I screamed and yelled at God in my kitchen in September 2017, and then again in September 2018, while visiting Ghana( I visited Pastor Whitcomb’s Church, he was preaching a sermon titled, “ALL IN”.) I asked Jesus, “How can I carry out The Great Commission?” 

Response: Incorporate the Salvation message in your Speak Life presentations. My assignment was Speak … Serve… Share!

THIS IS WHAT DISOBEDIENCE LOOKS LIKE!

I had not done as I was instructed! I put Speak Life on the back burner and proceeded to do what I thought would bring the “best bang for my buck!” Immediately I dropped my head in a prayer of deep contrition. “Lord, forgive me!! Lord, I confess my disobedience and humbly ask your forgiveness!”

 

With a repentant heart and a new resolve, I sat out to do exactly what THE HOLY SPIRIT said to do.

Speak Life moved to the number one position on my “Daily To-Do List.” 

A few weeks later I was talking with a friend, who is an ordained minister, and I related the events to her. She calmly said Nora, God is doing a new thing in you! The next morning, I picked up my favorite devotional and BAMM! There it was again…

Isaiah 43:19 "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wastelands." 

Two days later, in a totally unrelated Bible study, there it was again! I call those occurrences God’s neon sign! The message pops up wherever I turn… ‘I am doing a new thing in you, Nora !!

  1. I prayed about my next step. I outlined what “I” wanted to accomplish and presented it to God.

My mistake was I presented “my” plan. I did ask God what my next step -after retirement should be?

  1. I stepped out on faith. If I had been walking on water like Peter, I would have begun to sink just as Peter did. Instead, God did not let me succeed at my plan. I got a few nibbles but no actual good-paying clients. And that’s what sat me down! I’ve walked with the Lord long enough to sense when I’m out of step with His plan. I had taken my eyes off Him, all I saw was the potential to make a large amount of money.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9: "I am pressed hard on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed."

Resolve: I honor God and His righteous hand of guidance in my life. I am purposed to Go…Speak… Serve and Share!

 

 

 

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