Remember when I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, the St. James Way for THE LORD?
Well, if you’ve read some of my older posts, many of them told the tale of this experience…
Regardless if you remember what the beginning was like for me and why I decided to do the whole thing, I remember it very well – it has pretty much become a state of being for me nowadays:
I was obeying the instructions I had received from MY FATHER in heaven.
I was doing what HE wanted me to do instead of what I wanted to do.
I didn’t have these plans for this particular time of my life.
I had other plans!
And yet, I went and did what I was told.
Don’t think I am bragging about how well I am able to hear the instructions of THE LORD.
The exact opposite is true!
HE has to put me into positions where I have no other choice in order for me to see, to finally “get” what HE wants from me.
Or put this agony in my heart, this yearning to do something, this pain, which is so incredibly strong that it cannot be originating from me, not even from a human source – and depending on what it is, there are usually only 2 possible sources: GOD or the devil.
And just so that you know, I have been wrong many times, it has almost cost me my life being NOT able to hear GOD’s voice clearly and mistaking what I heard to be from HIM!
So I have been praying for MANY YEARS for discernment, for THE HOLY GHOST to show me more clearly where the instructions, inspirations, desires and impulses to act came from… and I am still learning! And so can you, we can all learn to hear from THE LORD! In fact, HE wants us to want to learn!!!
So one thing is for sure:
when you listen to what THE LORD wants you to do, when you go where HE wants you to go (and You may or may not know my story) it will most certainly get quite interesting to say the least.
Currently, I am in a big city, a city where I was sent.
And I must say, I didn’t really know why to go there.
In fact, I didn’t even have a pull to go anywhere.
I did have pain though… what I call “soulaches” when you are suffering from not being where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to do, but you don’t know what and you don’t know where and most of all, you don’t know how… but there is a deep knowing that this ain’t right, that this ain’t your destiny, that this ain’t what GOD wanted you to be… do you know what I am talking about, my friend?
Anyway, so I went there, no clue what I was supposed to do or find there.
I obeyed and went.
And I am even getting used to doing that.
Maybe you will agree, I’ve heard other people say it, perhaps you have experienced it, too?
There is a certain point, once you have reached it, there is no turning back and you don’t even really want to, why would you anyway?
So I went.
Not knowing why.
Asking why and praying for answers all the time.
And it has been the most amazing, miraculous trip of my life!
I won’t even share the details about it.
I didn’t even know why I wasn’t lead to do that… until I understood that OUR FATHER wants to inspire you!
HE wants YOU to ponder about this for yourself, wants you to inquire about your own obedience in your life – in the past perhaps, and if there is not much of it in the past, do some soul searching and find some ways where and how you can improve that!
And if you did find times or situations in your past where you had been obedient to THE LORD, can you remember the reward?
I am not asking you to remember if there was a reward, but to remember what it was!
Because this is my point, this is what this post is about:
there will always be a reward from YOUR FATHER when you obey!
Not only do I know this from my own experience, there is another strong reason why this MUST be true!
What could be that proof?
Exactly, because HE said so in HIS word!
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
It’s very simple, friends!
Even though OUR FATHER will love us no matter what we do and who we are, HE will RESPOND to us according to our own, conditional love!
We don’t need deeds or works in order to get saved, it is by HIS grace alone.
BUT we will all receive REWARDS according to our deeds.
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
And the longer and the more you try and practise, the more you will learn and know about what pleases OUR FATHER the most – HE will let you know!
For instance, I had a time in my life where I had the opportunity to lead worship services in church, even though I am not an ordained minister – while doing that, I could feel GOD’s love surround and enfold me like a coat of the softest, smoothest velvet you could possibly imagine!
Obeying is similar, only different 🙂
Try it if you haven’t yet!
Ask THE LORD about something you are not sure of what to do, which direction to take and then, do what HE tells you to do!
In fact, make it a HABIT to ask HIM for directions for everything and then follow them!
And sit back, relax and WATCH YOUR LIFE change, watch it turn around for the better…
I hope and pray that this would inspire, heal or bless you. And that THE LORD may bless you richly in all areas of your life, that HE may keep you and shine your face upon you. In JESUS’s name I pray. Amen.