1 Samuel 15:11a
“I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.”
In 1 Samuel 15, The Lord had sent Samuel to go and tell Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything in the city: male and female, young and old, children and youths, including all the flocks. King Saul had gone to the war and defeated the city. He had killed and detestable things and destroy all the despicable and worthless things. He spared the fattest of the animals and took all the valuable things and spared the King Agag of Amalek.
Samuel was sad. God was grieved. He hates disobedience. Disobedience translates to turning back from The Lord even if you are still doing His work and fervently working in ministry. Doing EXACTLY what He wants you to do is what He wants you to do. Samuel got to King Saul the next morning and was confronted with a flimsy reason for the disobedience: Saul said they wanted to use the fat cows and sheep they would have destroyed for offerings to The Lord.
1 Samuel 15:22
So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heeversed than the fat of rams.
From that , The Lord weighed OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD heavier than SACRIFICES and OFFERINGS. So The Lord declared the verdict for the foolish act of Saul. Samuel declared the Lord’s judgement thus:
1 Samuel 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.”
In the presence of The Lord God, REBELLION is like the sin of Witchcraft, and STUBBORNNESS is like the sin of Idolatry. Disobedience to the Word of God is a grievous offense before The Lord.
And from this Biblical Equation, a constant disobedient and stubborn child of God, who would not follow the Lord’s instructions or do things in God’s own way, is standing before The Lord as A WITCH and an IDOLATER.
Then, for that act of stubbornness and disobedience, THE LORD REJECTED HIM FROM BEING KING. His appointment as King of Israel was terminated. God began to prepare another vessel to take his place.
1“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
According to Deuteronomy 28: 1-10, before The Lord can set you up above the nations, before The Lord can lift you up when your season of Lifting Up comes, before Massive Doors can be opened for you to walk into your Abundant Blessings, The Lord had declared that, “diligently harkening” and “carefully observing” the Word of God will come first.
Open Doors, Divine Upliftment, Breakthroughs, Promotions have to do with “Harkening diligently” and “observing carefully” all what The Lord has said to us. One of the greatest secret of Prosperity in ministry and in life is embedded in the instruction The Lord gave to Joshua when he was taking over the leadership.
Only be strong and very courageous,
that you may observe to do according to all the law
which Moses My servant commanded you;
do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left,
that you may prosper wherever you go.
In addition to involving in all manners of spiritual sacrifices, are we really doing exactly what The Lord had commanded us to do? Are you living in obedience to the Word for your life? Some people love to claim all His promises, without readiness to obey His Voice. Taking part in this fasting or any like this in your church is not enough, without a determination to live your life to please Him.
When a person is always living contrary to the will of God, going where God had not sent him, doing things The Lord had not instructed Him or her, having his or her ways all the time, without seeking for His will, then, no matter the days of fasting and prayers, there will be no success and there will be no blessings of God upon His life.
Some are engaged to ladies The Lord had warned them not to be engaged to. Some sisters are wilfully in ungodly relationships with the brothers they ought not to move with. Some are in business partnership with wrong persons The Lord had been warning them against. Some Drama ministers are in wrong friendship they knew they ought to have broken off. Some engaged couples are in consistent immorality and they still go about in ministrations and are even involved in this spiritual exercise. This is the Word of God to us today:
Leviticus 26:3-5, 9
3. ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
4then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
9. ‘For I will look on you favourably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
May The Lord bless us all.