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Obedience is greater than Sacrifice

When I spoke in front of a women’s group for the first time, someone told me afterwards that obedience is greater than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). I hate to speak in public and I am very uncomfortable when all eyes are on me. I did horrible, but I did it! God doesn’t really care about how good we are at something, He just cares about us doing what He has called us to do. He will work everything out. It’s not about us anyway. We can’t change hearts or minds, that is done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We just need to be the vessels of change. I believe that even though I muttered my way through that message, someone needed to hear it and was helped by it. Sometimes people just need to see that you will get up and step out even though it hurts.

I guess God asked me to do something that I know for a fact I couldn’t do without Him. Like I said in my message that day, ‘If God called me to do it, He will get me through it’. He did. I trust Him. I have history with Him and He has NEVER let me down. I look at my kids and know in my heart that God loves me. He actually let me have the opportunity to raise them up. What a privilege and an honor! He let me see a small part of what true love is. We need to also remember that God even loves the unlovable. We generally love people that love us. Jesus loved the people that murdered Him. If you have ever wondered what love is, there’s your sign! 1 John 4:10 NLT, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”

My prayer has always been that God would help me to help others, even if that means speaking in front of a crowd or writing a book. I want others to know that they don’t have to feel depressed or hopeless. John 10:10 KJV,“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus didn’t come for us after we die. He came to help us now, through our life on this fallen earth. He came to give us power and strength to overcome the enemy and his plans.

Will you obey God’s calling even if He asks you to do something hard? You know that street preachers don’t really want to stand out there and be mocked and made fun of. They are answering the call of Jesus even though it’s not fun or easy. Mark 16:15 NLT, “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” To God be all the Glory! It’s all worth it for just one soul to be saved from hell. Jesus came for the 1. He left the 99 for the one that needed Him. Matthew 18:12 NLT,“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” That is beautiful! That’s my God!

The hope in our testimony

Testimony is defined as (Merriam-Webster.com): Proof or evidence that something exists or is true; the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic law; the ark containing the tablets; a divine decree attested in the Scriptures; first hand authentication of a fact; an outward sign.

In Exodus, the NIV refers to the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ as the ‘Ark of the Testimony’. I had never really noticed that before. The Bible is actually testifying about Jesus. That’s why a testimony is so powerful. You are giving people hope of a better life and freedom from bondage. Just like the Bible is giving us hope that we can receive salvation because of God’s mercy and grace and also have the power to overcome the devil’s schemes.

God wants us to tell our testimony to others, not keep it to ourselves. It doesn’t even do us any good if we don’t share it. We must stop thinking inward and start seeing the bigger picture. When we start sharing our testimony, hope will spread like a wildfire and others will be delivered just because of our obedience. Revelation 12:11 “We are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”

An expected end

It’s our choice where we spend eternity. Everybody will die from this life. Hebrews 9:27-28 says, “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes the judgement. Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice.” If we didn’t die from this life, sin would be forever. Sin is not forever. There is an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “for I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. (KJV) also says “to give you an expected end”.

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11

That should give us peace when we lose someone that we love. There is no more pain or suffering for them. It’s all good after we pass from this life to the next. The devil is not there to torment us. It’s actually going to be what God intended from the beginning for us. A never ending life of peace and companionship with Him. When we get called home, it’s like we have passed the test of life and can finally start our new beginning. It’s all part of God’s plan for us. It’s hard to comprehend, but there is a purpose for everything that we go through, even death.

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~Proverbs 23:18 (NIV) says,” There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”~

I truly believe that the devil has desensitized us to the word ‘hope’. What comes to my mind when I think of hope is: ‘(Sigh) Well, I hope it will be ok.’ –OR- ‘I hope that this will turn out good.’ It’s more like wishing or wanting, than what God’s definition is.

~1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) says,” And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. ~ If one of the three things that remain is hope, then it can’t be as insignificant as we make it. ‘Oh, I’m hoping and praying…’ sounds so wish-ee wash-ee.

Definition of HOPE from the merriam-webster.com website is to cherish a desire with anticipation: trust

To hope means to trust. We need to get this deep in our spirit. We will not have success in our freedom without hope.