Compromising with God…Yeah, No.
Was reading 1 Samuel 15 (AMAZING!), and it was talking about how God gave King Saul a specific command to attack the Amalekites because of what they did to the Israelites (GO HEAD DADDY!). He said to “totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; Put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys. (1 Sam 15:3)”
Then Saul does exactly as the Lord commanded, EXCEPT kill the king of the Amalekites, and all the “choice” cattle and sheep and etc:
But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calvest and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. (1 Sam 15:9)
Saul saved the animals because he thought they would make a great offering to God. Sike!
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams (1 Sam 15:22).”
But the point of it all is that God’s will may not necessarily be something we want to do, but if God put you in a position of prosperity, why wouldn’t you do what he says? Look around you around you and see how blessed you are. “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21)” And then God took the kingdom away from Saul. But thanks be to God that He sent Jesus Christ to die for us so that we could be given a second chance at the kingdom!
It is God’s will for humankind to be saved. When we refuse to “kill” off the areas in our lives that are not pleasing to God, it’s like we honor or even worship those things more than the Lord. Sounds crazy but we do it. Actions speak 10x louder than a scream. Is your alcohol and weed worth losing a chance at gaining the inheritance of the kingdom of God? For me, was holding on to and being bonded to pornography worth losing a chance at life eternally? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Letting go was hard, but it was a decision I will never ever ever regret.
What really got me was how Jesus died for me, He bought me, He saw life in me despite my death-worthy sin! But the way I was living made Him bleed for me even more. I put myself in the position of the Roman soldiers, held the whip in my hand and said “Ha, take that Jesus! I hate you.” I don’t know about you but I don’t like blood on my hands.
When Saul said he saved the cattle because he thought it would be a pleasing sacrifice to Him I thought about how in order to look good in the eyes of God we try to offer small pieces of us and think we’re good. I used to think just because I went to bible studies every Friday freshman year I was good. Then I went partying and drinking the same night. Even some people think that if they tithe every Sunday they’re good with God. It took a looooonggg time for me to realize that if you say you’re a Christian, it takes ALL, 100% of you. Not just your money, your Sundays, or that one day of the week. It doesn’t just take your tweets about God, it takes ALL of you. What matters to God is that you obey His commands. God is rich, he doesn’t need your money, your 1/7 days of the week, or just your respect, He just wants…You, nothing more, and especially nothing less.
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