Do You Break All the Rules?
“But these people have hearts that draw back from God and wills that rebel against Him; they have revolted and quit His service and have gone away [into idolatry]. Nor do they say in their hearts, Let us now reverently fear and worship the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the autumn and the spring rain in its season, Who reserves and keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Your iniquities have turned these blessings away, and your sins have kept good [harvests] from you.” (Jeremiah 5:23-25, AMP)
No leader, manager or supervisor accomplishes anything alone. We all depend on the willing and dedicated efforts of others. Leaders must first create the vision and then communicate the vision to others. It’s everyone else’s job to accept the vision, embrace it and execute. To ensure that everyone is on the same page and going in the same direction, companies create policies and procedures, checklists, rules, and guidelines. Leaders use these tools to ensure their teams achieve the desired results in an efficient and effective manner. However, all these “tools, rules and guidelines” will only work if people follow them. Obedience and compliance are critical ingredients in the process. Sounds simple and easy, right?
In reality, it’s never easy. Why? Disobedience and willful rebellion are rampant in our world today; in our homes, schools, at work, even in the Body of Christ. We have turned our backs on authority. We pride ourselves on our independence. In this age of the “Me-Man,” we want to be the boss, the “Lord” of our lives. Yet, in the midst of rebellion, we wonder why we are having hard times and why we are suffering. The words of Jeremiah ring as true today as they did when he first wrote them.
Our stubbornness, hardened hearts, and willful disregard for God and His Word have become a great dam, a wall or barrier that stops the blessings and favor of God.
Child of God, do you want a new life at work or home that is rich in the abundant favor of God? Do you need God’s blessings to rain on your life? I encourage you to decide today, to remove the wall and destroy the dam. Obey God and watch the blessings and favor begin to flow.
Lord, thank You for the obedience and faithfulness of Jesus. Jesus, may Your presence in me soften my heart. I need Your grace, Your blessings and favor. Help me love You and obey You at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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