“… He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let your nets down for a haul. And answering, Simon said to Him, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. Yet at Your word I will let down the net. And doing this, they enclosed a great multitude of fish. And their net was being torn. And they signalled the partners, those in the other boat, to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they were sinking.”
The velocity of your blessing and the amount of it you receive is a direct effect of the swiftness of your obedience and degree of faith. Obedience is as important as faith. In fact, where faith is present, obedience must of necessity go along. Several times your obedience shows your faith, as an action of faith is simply a demonstration of obedience.
If you were to be the lay man sitting before the beautiful gate, and you heard and believed the word of the Lord that says”…rise up and walk”. What then must follow? You must obey! Without such action of obedience being propelled by faith, there would not be a miraculous expression of the power of God in you.
Obedience as an action of faith is what propels the miraculous. You cannot receive anything from God without faith, and it is impossible for faith to be expressed without an action of obedience, and there cannot be a manifestation of the miraculous or the blessing in your life where obedience has not preceded it.
For instance, in 1 kings 17:9-16 the widow of Zarephath had faith in the word of God Spoken to her by Prophet Elijah, She expressed her faith by obeying the instruction the servant of the Lord gave her, and as a result her blessing manifested.
Faith Activates, Obedience Unleashes
Faith activates God’s power for the miraculous, but Obedience unleashes its tangible expression to the beneficiary. For the blessings of God to have noticeable manifestation in your life, you must release it by your action of obedience. You engage the power of God to work in you and for you with obedience. Faith can be likened to the ignition of a car, but it cannot move forward until you engage the gear system and accelerate. Obedience is that gear system of your destiny, the faster you want to move the higher you engage the gear of obedience and accelerate your actions.
The components of God’s instructions must not be necessarily understood before you obey. In fact God’s orders are not meant for human analysis.
Yes, I mean every bit of my sentence. YOU ARE NOT TO ANALYSE GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS.
Obedience is what is expected of you and nothing more.
How would you have analysed the five loafs of bread to feed five thousand people, even if you possess a Harvard Master’s degree in logistics. Okay, let’s assume you have a Doctorate degree in fishery such as Peter, with all the dynamics and fishing techniques you have employed all night in futility, and you now receive an instruction from a carpenter to cast back your nets in the same water on which you had toiled all night, how responsive would you be to such instruction.
But Peter did obey, not because he understood the instruction, but he obeyed because Jesus commanded it
.“…Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. Yet at Your word I will let down the net” Luke 5:5
The revelation of God and His word is a progressive enterprise, so our understanding of Him progresses as we walk with Him in consistent obedience
Whatever He says to you, do it
At the wedding in Cana, something happened, the wine got finished and Mary the mother of Jesus simply went to Jesus and said they have no wine. But Mary just handed the servants a key and left them with it.
She said “…Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5.
What a stunning statement!
Did she know ahead of time that Jesus was going to say something?
But somehow it seems from her experience of walking with God, Mary had come to understand that when you are expecting God’s miracle; watch out for His word and obey it. Listen carefully to His word; hear what He says, then do it swiftly. As if Mary had told the servants that: if you might just obey Him and do all He asks you to do, then you will have the miracle.
I perceive the Lord will deal with you today in the same manner.
Are you ready and alert to listen carefully to His instructions?
Are you prepared to do what he would ask you to do to experience that miracle?
Then the matter is finished.
Eventually the miracle came because the servants obeyed Mary and had prepared ahead of time to do whatever Jesus told them. No wonder the Prophet Isaiah exclaimed:
“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;” Isaiah 1:19
So obedience is very vital and indispensable for your miracle and blessing.
Throughout the Old Testament, God’s promises required that we hearken diligently and observe to obey the commandment of the Lord.
You cannot just get-by without obedience. You must obey the Lord to partake of the blessing and experience the miraculous.