Saturday, May 11, 2019

Obedience is a Mark of Sonship 【顺从是儿子的记号】

God sets a standard for His called and chosen. The higher the calling, the greater the degree of obedience required. Before He uses the called to a higher realm of serving Him, He will test them deeply. 

In 1 Samuel 15:3, God commanded King Saul, “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

However, Saul did not fully obey God. In 1 Samuel 15:9, “But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs–everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” 

Disobedience is evil in God’s sight. Samuel told Saul in 1 Samuel 15:19, “Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”

Samuel further added in 1 Samuel 15:22-23, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.’

Saul disobeyed because of the fear of his soldiers. He told Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:24, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.”

As a result of Saul’s disobedience,  Samuel said to him in 1 Samuel 15:28, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors–to one better than you.”

God’s calling upon our life is a treasure that we must value and honour.

In Hebrews 12:16-17, the Lord said, “See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterwards, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.”

It takes humility to obey the voice of God and obedience is a mark of true Sonship. A man of God wrote:- “God is not pleased by religious activity. He is pleased by faithful works and our obedience to Him. When we start to fear the people leaving more than we fear God leaving, we departed from true faith.”

Our obedience to God had offended many in the past when we had to take drastic action to remove a co-worker from leadership’s role or taking some other nasty decisions. However, God is pleased with our obedience. As a result, the manifest presence of His glory never departed from us. Instead, the ministry has grown from faith to faith, power to power and glory to glory.

Our host in China, whom we met for the first time, gave me a prophetic utterance that God is well pleased with my obedience and shared a testimony how the fire surged through him during the meeting vide the link below:-

May the Lord be glorified through this sharing!

Paul K. P. Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

May 11, 2019
















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