did you know that partial obedience God considers full disobedience.
look at 1st Samuel 15.
God spoke to Samuel (who told Saul): ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
God said to utterly destroy everything. All the way to the infants . Casey Doss preaches an AMAZING sermon on this story. I won’t go into it all like he does but just mention some of it. I will either have to let some of yall borrow it or see if I can download it on the computer. It’s awesome!
So, God says to destroy everything. leaving nothing. The Isrealites go in and attack the Amalekites.
verse 7-9 “And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”
They destoyed everything BUT the “best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were UNWILLING to utterly destroy them. But God say to destroy it all and leave nothing.
Then the Lord speaks to Samuel in verse 10 saying ““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.”
“Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
you have to see this….
“. . .Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?” And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”
So, Saul first tells Samuel that he carried out the Lord’s instructions. Samuel says then what is the sound of sheep and cattle he hears…uh oh!
then catch verse 19 “Why did you not obey the Lord?”
After all he did. He killed everything like the Lord said. . .excepts the cattle and sheep.He sinned against God. He didn’t do what God called him to do completely. Because it was not completely done as God instructed, it was disobedience. Man! This puts a whole new level to obedience.
then look at what Samuel says in ver 22: “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 like the sin of divination and arrogance like the evil of idolaty. Because you have rejectted the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
WOW! God is intolerable to disobedience. He does not play around. there is a huge weight on obedience. A huge responsibility individually and corporately (the Body of Christ) in obedience.
Going back to God being enough in our lives.
Jesus saw us and said we were worth it and enough to go to the cross.
When will Jesus be enough for us that when He calls us to pray for someone at Wal Mart and the fear of man starts rising up in us that we can look to Jesus and say “You’re worth it!” If its to pray for someone for physical healing then to be able to look at Jesus and say “You’re worth it! If it means, she will be healed. I’ll do it!”
When will Jesus be enough that when we are at school and we see someone being made fun of and the fear of man starts rising up in us that we can look at Jesus and say ” You’re worth it! You are enough!”
When will Jesus be enough that when we are in the cafeteria at school and the Lord speaks to us to go it with someone who is sitting alone (and may not be the “coolest” kid and maybe they dont know God that we can look at Jesus say “You’re worth it! You are enough! If it means that they will get saved even if I’m just the one to plant the seed, I’ll do it!”
When will Jesus be enough for us? For us to be totally abandoned and sold out to Him giving everything, even if it means our life?