Monday, November 7, 2011

TGIF: Simply Obey

Today's Prayer
Dear God, Today I am burdened 4 my country and every nation. I pray 4 the installation of spiritual leaders 2 carry out Your will. I pray 4 the leaders in power now, that You would move in their hearts and minds 2 lead in the right direction 2 accomplish Your purpose. Please forgive us 4 our indifference and our sin. I pray that Christians will turn from their wicked ways and rededicate their lives 2 You and Your service; and that other people living in sin will turn from that sin in repentance and belief in You. Have mercy on us, Lord. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.
Simply Obey
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"But Naaman went away angry and said, 'I thought that he would surely come out 2 me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy'" (2 Kings 5:11-12).

Naaman was an army general who needed healing from Leprosy. A young servant girl of the king's house suggested that the prophet Elisha could heal him. He followed her advice and Elisha sent a message to him to do the following: "Go, wash yourself 7 times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed" (2 Kings 5:10). However, when the instruction came as to what he was to do, it seemed ridiculous to him.

Like many of us, Naaman expected God to perform his miracle through Elisha in a dramatic and "religious" way. Sometimes we fail to recognize that God can work through a simple act of obedience that seems unrelated to the problem. God told Joshua to walk around Jericho seven times 2 win the battle. He told a man 2 put mud on his eyes 2b healed. He told Peter 2 catch a fish 2 get a coin 2 pay his taxes.

There are other times God calls us to use the natural to receive a breakthrough. Sometimes we simply need 2 change our diet or go C a doctor 2 C a breakthrough in our health. Sometimes we need 2 change the way we are doing our work 2 [sleeping more] get a breakthrough in our careers.

Samuel the prophet told King Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice. Learning 2 listen 2 the Lord and following His instruction is the key 2 success in God. Sometimes God chooses the dramatic and sometimes He chooses the ordinary. In either case, both are miracles bcoz God is the God over all creation.

Ask Him what steps you are to take for your breakthrough.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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