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Willing and Obedient

If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken (Isaiah 1:19-20).

To receive God’s best we must pursue Him with our whole heart and seek to obey His plan for our lives. It is not possible to walk in the best that God has for you spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and financially without obeying His call for your life. You can’t have the blessings without intimacy with the one who brings the blessings!

When I lived in Tulsa, I frequently attended Kenneth Hagin’s meetings and heard him share several times about a lady that he could not pray for to be healed. Many years ago he had gone to a hospital to visit a lady there who was around 58 years old. As he sought to pray for her, he said he just couldn’t pray for her healing. He said it was as though a hand lifted his hand off of her as he sought to lay hands on her.

He asked her why he was having trouble praying for her healing and she responded by telling him that she had been called by God into ministry as a missionary at age 13. As she grew older, she said she longed to get married, have children, and have a normal family. She said that she reasoned in her mind that she could obey the call of God by being a secretary in a church and by just supporting missions.

She said to Rev. Hagin that she did what she wanted, got married, had children, and supported missions, but that her health broke and she had never been healthy all her life. And now she knew that she could not be healed because she was not in line to receive God’s best due to her disobedience.

Sometimes people fail to receive healing for similar reasons. Unless we put God first, we’re not in line to receive the promises of His Word. We all should take the time to seek God in prayer and find out what His perfect will is for us. He won’t speak to you about it unless you initiate! Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

Take time regularly to consecrate yourself to do the will of God. Obedience creates in your life the atmosphere for blessing. Disobedience or slackness in seeking can open up a door to the devourer! Seek God today!

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