Psalm 119:32 (NKJV) says, “I will follow the course of Your commands, for you shall enlarge my heart.” There is a course, or an order, to our obedience. When God gives us direction, and a destination, there are 3 parts to our obedience that we must inspect. First is our plans. How are we going to begin to put action to our obedience? Second is our purposes. What is driving the practical actions we are taking? Why are we doing what we are doing? Third is our pursuits. What are wanting to achieve? Is obedience enough for us? Is there an ulterior motive or ambition?
Acts 7:24-25 tells us that Moses knew he was called to deliver Israel from the Egyptians. But his plan to kill the Egyptian led him to have to flee Egypt. It was not until He received the plan from God that he was to stand before Pharaoh and preach that his call was fulfilled. In Luke 9:53-56 Jesus rebuked His disciples for wanting to call down fire to destroy a village that rejected them. Jesus said ,“You know not what manner of Spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” John misunderstood his purpose as a follower of Christ and the purpose for the delegated power that Jesus had granted them at the beginning of the 9th chapter.
Then Paul gives us a story of when he first met Peter. In Galatians 2, Paul says, “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.” Peter, knowing that God had called him as an apostle to the Jews (Galatians 2:8) was pursuing an acceptance of the Jews by participating in their unrighteous segregation from the gentiles; believing that by acting like them, he would be accepted by them, and be able to minister from that place of acceptance.
But when the Spirit of God shows us a misstep in any of our plans, purposes, or pursuits, it is for our benefit. Our humility to realign our approach to obeying Him will cause us to bear the maximum amount of fruit, and bring the highest and purest form of glory to Him.
Personal Prayer Point:
“Father, let me not add to Your command. Or take away from any detail of Your direction. I desire to have every part of your plan fulfilled in, and through my life.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Psalm 85:13 — James 2:18)
Corporate Prayer Point:
“Father, let this church be unified, not only in vision, but in our plans, purposes, and pursuits of an awakening in the Inland Empire, that you may receive supreme glory. And that every design of Your heart be achieved.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Acts 20:24 — Hebrews 12:1-3 — Hebrews 12:28)