DAY 5: SUNDAY, 6TH JANUARY 2019
FOCUS: LORD, HELP ME TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS OF SELECTIVE OBEDIENCE IN MY LIFE AND FAMILY
TEXT: 1SAM. 15:1-35
INSIGHT FOR EFFECTIVE AND FERVENT PRAYERS
Today, obeying the word of God is becoming more difficult simply because people do not want to do everything it says. Jesus said, “why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say” (LK. 6:46). As true believers, following Jesus Christ does not allow for selective obedience. It demands that we must obey all the commandments of God, not merely the convenient ones.
Truly, it is sometimes difficult to do the will or things of God in some areas but we have to, against all odds. However, some of us do self-serving-selective obedience. We pick or choose the areas from which we will and will not obey God.
For all true Christians, obedience is never peripheral. Genuine love for Christ will always manifest in total obedience, not selective obedience. Walking in total obedience to God is absolutely necessary for christlikeness. You can never be christlike, if you obey God selectively.
Selective obedience is nothing but willful disobedience. Willful disobedience to God, Spiritual Leaders, Parents, Teachers, Pastors, the Government and Employers. Selective obedience is nothing but rebellion in disguise. Any believer who chooses to be rebellious is undoing himself or herself. If you are genuinely saved, you will posses a heart that desires to obey the word of God in all circumstances (Ezek. 36:26).
Selective obedience means hearing what we want to hear, not what God says. It also means hearing what God says but doing those ones that are convenient for us. It is making decision that override what God will is. It is willfully stepping out of some of the divine boundaries God set in His word. It equally means, willfully avoiding some of those things you know you are supposed to do. Selective obedience could also means someone who is not seeing the wrong thing, he is doing. Selective obedience gives us the feeling that we are obedient, this is why it is more dangerous than total disobedience.
The Lord instructed King Saul to destroy the Amalekites, completely. However, King Saul partially obeyed God’s instruction. He proudly thought his own plan of action was better than God’s. He and his people destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality. When the man of God, Samuel confronted him, he defended himself, hiding his guilt by blaming the people. He did not admit his sin until he heard the consequences.
Selective obedience causes one to make excuses for his disobedience. That was why Saul truly believed that what he did was right. King Saul really felt that he did the will of God. He was so proud of himself that he went to Carmel and set up a monument for himself. And when he saw Samuel, he quickly told him that he did what the Lord asked him to do (1Sam. 15:16).
Beloved, selective obedience is more dangerous because it gives you the feeling that you are obedient “And Saul said unto Samuel, blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord (1Sam. 15:13). Therefore, we need to ask ourselves the following questions:
- How selective is my obedience to God?
- What part of God’s words am I willfully and purposefully avoiding in my life and family?
- What part of God’s word have I chosen not to obey in my life and family?
- In what areas of my life am I hearing what God is saying but doing only those that are convenient for me?
- In which areas am I willfully stepping out of some of the divine boundaries God set in His word for my life and family?
- In which areas of my life and family have I ignored some of the things I know that I am supposed to do?
- What are the commandments I have made up my mind not to obey?
- Which areas of my life that have become more difficult for me to do what your word says?
Lord Jesus, help me. Give me the grace to call a spade a spade. Show me every area of my life and family; wherein I need correction, and grant me the courage and boldness to do the correction without any delay. Beloved, personally raise some prayer points from this exhortation.
LET US PRAY
- Lord, obeying your word is becoming more difficult today, but grant me the grace and inner-strength to do everything your word says.
- Lord, deliver me from obeying you selectively.
- Help me O Lord, in those areas wherein I find it difficult to do your will, doing it willingly against all odds.
- O Lord, help me and empower me to love you genuinely and walk in total obedience to you in all things.
- Heavenly Father, deliver me from any act of willful disobedience to you and your Church.
- O Lord, deliver me from the following problems:
- Hearing what we want to hear not what God says.
- Hearing what God is saying but doing those ones that are convenience for me.
- Willfully stepping out of some divine boundaries God set in His word.
- Willfully and deliberately not doing some of the things I know I am supposed to do.
- Not seeing the thing that I am doing wrong as wrong.
- O Lord, deliver me from the problem of selective obedience in all its forms.
- Lord, deliver me from any wrong feeling that I am living obedience whereas, I am walking in disobedience.
- O Lord, have mercy on me and help me not to become blind to any disobedience like King Saul in the Bible.
- O Lord, give me grace to obey you in any aspect of my life, that has become more difficult for me to do what your word says.
- Lord, grant us your divine strength to walk in total obedience to you in all areas of our family lives.
- O Lord, correct me in whatever area of my life that I need correction.
- Lord, reveal to me those areas of my life and family, where I have failed to obey you in all things.
- Special ministration for the day: As determined by the Pastor.
- Special intercession for the day: For all those people importing ungodliness and sinful practices into GOFAMINT.