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Jonah 3:1 ” Then the Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time; ‘Go!’ “

The first time Jonah heard God say, “Go!”…He ran in the opposite direction.  So surprisingly, when  Jonah head God say, “Go!” this time, he obeyed.  So what changed?  Not God.  His command was simple, straight forward, and didn’t waver in what He wanted Jonah to do.  Nor was it the people of Nineveh who God wanted Jonah to warn.  They remained a perishing and lost people of the Assyrian capital.  No, the only thing that had changed was Jonah’s heart.  In the belly of that great fish, Jonah had received a second chance…and with it then came an attitude adjustment on Jonah’s part.  For our God is the God of second chances…from Jonah, to the Ninevites, to us… the Lord gives all of us second chances to change.

I John 2:3 ” We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.”

Our walk with the Lord is a process…a long, sometimes difficult passage, from what we once were, to what we are becoming.  But what happens many times,  we end up feeling stuck in the middle of our old and new self.  So that’s when it’s time to take inventory.  Turn around and take a critical view of your old self…not a pretty picture, right?  Now, ponder where your life is today with the Lord’s help.  It’s nothing short of a miracle in how you have grown in the knowledge of God…and with that knowledge, how you have been changed.  None of us will every be able to say, “I’ve arrived!”  when it comes to the full knowledge of God…but as long as we continually strive for more of Him in our lives…we’ll be making headway.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I’ve heard them called shoulder taps, or God moments.  It’s when the Holy Spirit impresses on your spirit to speak or do something for someone…sometimes a complete stranger.  It’s when that still small voice tells you to perform a kind act, or speak words of encouragement into a person’s life.  It may not be profound…it may only take a minute of your time…but know that this interaction is divinely arranged…and requires your obedience without hesitation.  These shoulder taps are a way that God manifests His love to a lonely and lost world…and what He asks of us is to just hear and obey.  So, step out in faith when the Holy Spirit urges you…for you never know the impact you may have on someone’s life.

Acts 8:26 “Now an angel of the Lord said to Phillip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ “

Following this divine prompting, Phillip met up with the Ethiopian eunuch traveling home on this desert road and gave him the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  God orchestrates divine appointments all the time for us…all we need to do is be obedient.  But so many times we hesitate out of fear and doubt…or because our pride says, “I’m far too important to go down some barren desert road for the Lord…I want to go places where I can be seen and honored!”   God said, “Go!” and Phillip didn’t question but rather obeyed…and a life was changed for eternity.

II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.

Isaiah 1:11 ” The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to Me? Says the Lord. I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”

God looks carefully at what we offer Him.  But He looks even more closely at what we don’t offer Him.  Are you withholding some area of your life for fear He’ll tell you to stop it?  Are you denying Him a corner of your world because you enjoy it way too much?  What we offer up to the Lord is much more important to us than to Him…for what He’s looking for is a total surrender…a relinquishing of ourselves…and a giving up of control.  As  I Samuel 15:22 states, “To obey is better than sacrifice.”   God’s looking for our obedience not some ritual.

II Corinthians 10:5 ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

When we’re going through a time of spiritual confusion…there are only two ways we can go.  We can argue or chose to obey.  We can spend our time trying to reason and debate our way out of the disconcertment in our life…or we can yield and submit  ourselves to the authority and supremacy of God.  You can’t think your way out of spiritual confusion…the only thing you can do is to obey what God places in front of you…step by step, day by day.  For Christ demands unquestioning obedience from us, even when the way is shadowed.