|Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure and unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Don’t call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven…Talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You ware well aware that it is against out law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”–Acts 10:13-30
I am sorry for the long excerpt, but I wanted to give you a better picture of the point I am going to make in a second. From the verses above, we see Peter being asked to do something he has never done before. He was asked to kill and eat unclean animals, but God never told him why, and he didn’t find out until a few days later.
The point that I am trying to make here is that you can’t have a reasoning mind and try to be obedient to God at the same time. God tells us to do, and he expects us to do without questioning him, and that is where faith has to come into play. When we try to reason with God’s instructions, we often end up disobeying him. When God wants to do something through us or for us, he doesn’t give reasons, and neither should we. He could have given Peter, in his vision, a reason for asking him to go against his beliefs and eat unclean animals, but he didn’t.
With obedience, there is no room for reason. The more you reason with the Holy Spirit, the less likely you are to heed to his instructions. There will always be a reason why you think you shouldn’t give your last dollar away, there will always be a reason why you shouldn’t preach to that person you felt lead minister to, there will always be a reason why you can’t pray, there will always be a reason! God is telling you today to forget about those reasons and just follow his injunctions.
I was talking to a reverend last night, and I mentioned that I liked to wait for a few confirmations from God before I acted on things that I felt lead to do, and his response to me was, “Rachael, there will come a time when you have to not only walk in the dark, but also work in the dark.” That challenged my level of faith a great deal, and I got convicted. So I ask you today brethren, where is your level of faith? Are you ready to let the Holy Spirit lead you in the dark?
Every time I have sinned, it was usually as a result of me reasoning with the Spirit of God in me. God is dealing with me over reasoning now, and one thing he has revealed to me is that there doesn’t have to be a reason, in fact, there usually isn’t a reason. He knows his reasoning, and I just need to have more faith in that. In our minds, we want reasons, but when God deals with us to help overcome strongholds, he does not give reasons. You too will soon have to walk in the dark.
Stay blessed and spread the word.
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