Consistently Following His Commands
You may have learned the Biblical account of how God was so disturbed by the evil that permeated the earth that He decided to eliminate every living creature—except for Noah, of which he found favor, and his family.
Prior to this catastrophic event, the Bible records that God gave Noah the exact specifications, and instructions on what he was to do in terms of building and filling the ark—the vessel that would house the human beings and animals that would be preserved.
Building the Ark
“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks…. Genesis 6:14-16 (NIV)
Filling the Ark
….You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” Genesis 6:19-21 (NIV)
The interesting thing is Genesis 6:22 simply states: “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Seven days before the flood, God gave Noah further instructions:
Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Genesis 7:2-4 (NIV)
Again, Genesis 7:5 simply states: And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
Now, I don’t know about you, but immediately I see a man who boldly adhered to the calling that God had on his life. He did not look to the left or to the right. There is no account of him questioning what God asked him to do. There is no account of him making excuses. There is not even an account of him running from God or fighting to stay in his comfort zone (as Jonah did).
He just did every single thing that God commanded him to do….everything.
Reflect on that for a minute.
Now, apply it to yourself.
When it comes to you and the call that God has on your life, can you say that He has given you specific instructions about what He would like for you to do? Can you say that He has provided a layout of how you are to do it?
You may not have heard his audible voice as Noah did, but has he whispered it to you in a still, small voice? Has he sent someone to you and spoken it directly to you? Has he placed a burning desire in your heart that cannot be quenched?
Hmmmmm…..So, now what?
Are you willing to follow all of his commands regarding your assignment as Noah did?
If so, success in the completion of the assignment is inevitable, no matter how daunting it may seem.
Even if the assignment is as large as one and a half football fields and as high as a four-story building….even if the task is six times longer than it is wide—it can be done in Jesus’ name. It can be accomplished and God will faithfully provide all of the resources you need, human and otherwise, to make it happen.
Work For You To Do
Today, I encourage you to listen to the voice of God and hear his instructions regarding your assignment. If it were not important in the scheme of things, he would not have given it to YOU. There is something MAJOR that you have been appointed to get done—something that will impact hundreds, thousands, or perhaps millions of others in a big way.
But you must consistently follow his commands. You must adhere to the instructions that he has set before you. They are the formula for your success.
Scripture to Think About This Week
Understand that whenever you commit to do what God has instructed you to do, obstacles and strongholds will appear. Meditate on this scripture when you are tempted to retreat:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience once your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
You have the power to complete the assignment that God has given you. Your thoughts can be set in obedience to Christ. Isn’t that good news?
Like Noah, you can focus on what God has told you to do and commit to following all of his commands.
That is the only way that you will successfully complete your assignment and walk in your divine personal brand.
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