“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:21 NLT
It is our practical obedience to what Jesus says to us that releases His hand to fulfil whatever He has said to us! It is when we act upon, or do what Jesus says, that enables us to capture what He has said in such a way that we get the benefits of what He says to us.
If we do not obey what He says, we soon forget what He has said. We lose the benefits of the voice of God to us personally. If we are only passive hearers, then we are like the person who looks in the mirror, turns away, and then forgets what has been said to him. That precious moment in God when He speaks to us is lost because we fail to capture it, and then translate it into an act of obedience!
A disobedient Christian is a fruitless Christian when it comes to pleasing and obeying God. If we do not obey, we will never enjoy the fruit of what God said to us in the first place!
‘For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:23-25 NLT
God does not ever ask us to do anything we cannot do. He says what He means and He means what He says. And when He tells us to do something, we should quickly obey because He will empower us to do what He has asked of us. He knows we can do it. If we make excuses and say we cannot do it, then we are arguing with God and telling Him that He is not God and cannot do what He says.
When we are committed to hearing and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, there is no room for any excuses ~ at all! Excuses are a means of telling God there is something wrong with our relationship with Him! Excuses will take us into self-deception. When God speaks ~ and we obey ~ there is always a blessing in obeying God!
When God speaks, faith is released in us to do what He has asked of us. Faith is a prophetic word that “comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Faith is action; the releasing or doing of that which God speaks to us. So many opportunities in life are missed and wasted because we fail to act upon that which God has spoken. Let us not be deceived any longer.
Be committed to act upon that which God speaks, and you will see good fruit come out of it ~ every time!