Hello, this is coming from Nissa and this is something I can testify to and am a witness of.
We’ve all heard how obedience is better than sacrifice; however, you rarely hear anyone tell you the real which is that there is a cost that comes with obedience. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a reward that follows obedience; however, most choose disobedience over obedience never gaining the reward, nor counting the cost.
When the Lord told me to start back blogging etc., let me say, as transparent as possible, I wanted to say NO. I’ve blogged before and because I did NOT see the fruit I wanted to see, I gave up. Honestly, it was moreso a pride issue over anything. I truly got frustrated reading the Word, studying the Word and laboring in the Word for encouragement and edification only to not have much response UNTIL God slapped me in my face and said “check your prideful self”.
He had to humble me; in which, he would not have had to if I would have remained obedient. Obedience is humbling. Obedience is knowing that it’s not about self and all about the WILL of GOD. Not my will, but HIS be done. I had to realize that my head was growing bigger than space itself and I had to realize that if I didn’t humble myself, He would humble me. Pride comes before a fall and I did NOT want to experience even a stumble, let alone, a fall.
Many people paint this picture of obedience as the easiest, most comfortable act to God that you can do; however, I’ve learned that there’s NOTHING comfortable, nor easy about obeying GOD; especially, when you don’t want to do what it is He is telling you to do. Most of what the Lord has instructed me to do has not been easy nor comfortable. I’ve done it and I’ve not minded doing it; however, I learned that obedience came and comes with a cost.
Obedience leaves people behind, loses friends and family, leads you to unfamiliar places and can have you doing things you wished He had never asked you to do BUT once you do as He instructs, the fruit is WELL worth it. The peace is beyond all understanding. The relationship with God is closer than it was before you carried out your assignment, Your faith increases. Your trust is growing deeper. Your boldness, strength, confidence and overall mentality is elevated to a higher / deeper place in GOD. Although, it was a huge cost in being obedience, again it came with a GREAT reward.
Now don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I am not saying “if you want a great reward, obey” because you should NEVER solicit God. I do not follow instruction, take on assignments nor go when He says GO because of a reward, I do it out of my love, honor and respect for my Father in Heaven; however, He does treat us as a Father should and He honors our obedience.
What I will say though is “If you aren’t willing to lose your life and follow Him which is obedience; in itself, you might as well not even look in the direction of which the Lord is leading”. Not saying He won’t revisit you; however, at that moment, it’s better to walk away asking God to have grace and mercy on you for walking away vs saying YES GOD, I”LL GO, yet have no intentions of going anywhere.
To leave you with a nugget of encouragement “if the Lord has instructed you, don’t listen to anyone but God on the instruction”.