FAITH CAPSULE: Are you obedient to God?
Obedience is a costly sacrifice.
Obedience with thanksgiving will be a powerful combination to gain life in the place of death.
Once, at the time of Jesus’ arrival to Bethany, Lazarus was dead.
Mary, Martha, and people were into mourn when Jesus’ commanded, and the people obeyed, Jesus gave thanks to God and Lazarus came out of the grave of death. Obedience and thanksgiving is a sacrifice, a combination of the power to gain life.
Bible records, John 11:38-44, “Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. “Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Are you one as Martha, with a lack of hope and not obey God’s word of command?
Jesus responds to the unbelief of Martha:
“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Martha does not believe, but the people obeyed Jesus, “then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
With understanding to obey God’s word and giving thanks to God will live life to the glory of God.
Are you experiencing a wilderness journey of life, the representative of the lack of provision with painful experience?
If you will give self to obeying God with a heart full of thanksgiving, God in His mercy will not look away from seeing you through.
Jesus, in the wilderness of the lack of provision, people that followed Him obeyed His command and His thanksgiving turned lack to plentiful for the people.
Mark 8:6-9 records, “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away.”
Are you giving thanks to God without living life of obedient before God?
With understanding, an acceptable sacrifice to God is with the combination of living a life of obedience with continual thanksgiving before God.
Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you to be giving Him a sacrifice thanks.