The cost of disobedience

Hebrews 3:19- ‘So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief’.
The Israelites were not able to enter in to the promise land due to their unbelief. Apart from being a lack of trust, the word in the Greek is ‘apistia’ which also means disobedience. In other words, trust in God must be accompanied by obedience to His Spirit and His word.
However, we must be able to hear from the Spirit in order to obey. Recently, I found myself in a difficult conversation, and I was stuck. I could not find the right things to say. Afterwards, I was praying about it and the Lord began to show me what my day had been like prior to that conversation. I realized that the reason I was at a loss for words was because I had not been spending time in God’s presence and had not properly committed myself to Him before leaving that morning. Galatians 5:16 says that if we ‘walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh’. We cannot spend our time just playing around- whether it be in things that are seemingly important, or things clearly pertaining to the flesh- and expect to overcome when we are confronted.
Revelation 12:11- ‘And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death’. The testimony speaks of the preparation we are making in our closet, the little ways we are afflicting our souls and overcoming. If we cannot overcome the little things, we will not be able to overcome the bigger things. A man does not just get up one day and say ‘I am going to run a marathon!’ He must prepare for a period of time for what is ahead of Him.
The marriage of the lamb is coming, and the bride must make herself ready. We can choose to be foolish virgins and spend our time with perishable things, or we can begin to get that oil into our vessels, into our souls, like the wise virgins.
‘He that hath an ear, let him hear, what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To Him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God’- Revelation 2:7.
The Israelites were not able to overcome, they had unbelief, and they found themselves outside at the end of the day. They were not able to attain unto that rest which is spoken of in Hebrews 4- ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God’ (verse 9).


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