Wednesday, April 29

Duncan Williams Preaching on prayer - Obedience

OBEDIENCE
"Has the LORD as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the
voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to heed than the
fat of rams."(l Samuel 15:22)
The Greeks have two words for servant. One
is diakonos and the other is doulos. The first is
used for one who performs a duty as a waiter
or an administrator. The second one used for
a bondservant - one who has no rights of his
own. From the definitions, you realize that even
though they are all servants, one has rights, but
the other has none, and as Christians we are to
be bondservants of Christ, having no rights of
our own, and relinquishing all of our will to
God.
This means that we must subject our wills and
aspirations to the will of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, because obeying God is one of the
keys that open the heavens. Whoever walks in
obedience to the voice of God will always be in
good standing, and will be a servant that is well
pleasing to his master.
Do you remember the occasion on which Jesus
did His first miracle? The wine for the visitors
had run out and Mary wanted Jesus to work
a miracle for the hosts. "His mother said to
the servants, 'Whatever He says to you, do
it.' Now there were set there six waterpots of
stone, according to the manner of purification
of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons
apiece. Jesus said to them, 'Fill the waterpots
with water.' And they filled them up to the brim.
And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and
take it to the master of the feast.' And they took
it."(John 2:5-7)
The miracle that carne that day was because
of their obedience to do what seemed rather
strange. If you want to receive from the Lord,
one thing you must do is obey Him. What
has the Lord told you? Does it seem strange?
Regardless of your opinion or your will, do what
He has told you because obedience is better than
sacrifice.
PRAYER: Father, I submit myself, my will and
my desires to You. Let Your spirit lead me and...

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