DISOBEDIENCE IS HARD, obedience is simple. There are always repercussions for disobedience. Even if you repent, sometimes the consequences for disobedience still play out. Like I said, disobedience is hard. Who remembers Esther, the queen who saved her people?

If you know the history, the villain at that time was a man named Haman. Haman sought to destroy all the Jewish people, literally he sought genocide against the remnant people of the Lord because there was one man, Mordecai, who would not give Haman homage. Because of Mordecai’s conviction to not bow before any besides the Lord his God, Haman took it not only as a personal slight against him, but his rage grew to a murderous level to annihilate all the Jews. Guess who Haman was a descendant of?

An Amalakite king named Agag. During the days of king Saul, the prophet Samuel sent a word of the Lord to king Saul, “Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”” I Samuel‬ ‭15:1-3‬Read on further, Saul attacked the Amalakites, but kept king Agag alive, “But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.” I Samuel‬ ‭15:9‬

Basically, Saul did what he wanted to do, disobeyed the Word of the Lord and the kingdom was stripped from him and given to David. Fast forward a few centuries and Saul’s disobedience almost caused the annihilation of the whole Jewish race. Disobedience is hard. God’s Word rings true in our ears, “God will not be mocked. A man will reap that which he sows.” Rebellion reaps a harvest of destruction.

The opposite is also true, obedience can change the trajectory of your future. David’s obedience and heart to serve the Lord created a promise from the Almighty to bring forth the Messiah from David’s lineage. Amazing and wonderful. What I really want you to think about is how your actions today will affect your tomorrow: obedience leads to life and disobedience to death. Most people are short-sighted and live according to their selfish lusts and desires, never taking into consideration how their actions can and will affect their children and children’s children.

I know people today that are living off the obedience of their great grandparents and reaping a harvest of blessings. I also know people living off the rebellion and disobedience of their parents and grandparents and reaping destruction. But one person that repents and begins to obey the Lord can change the trajectory of their family tree and leave blessings for their children.

My husband and I are leaving rich spiritual blessings for our children that we did not have. Praise God! Obedience leaves blessings. Reflect over your life today. Are you leaving an inheritance of obedience or disobedience to your children? I was on a trajectory of disobedience, but I repented at an altar in a small Wednesday church service in San Antonio, TX 28 years ago and started writing a new history. Maybe your life before Christ was a mess and you are seeing destruction from your past? Those seeds of disobedience you planted years ago will still pop up, but you don’t have to water them. Pull them out by the roots!

Receive and walk in His forgiveness and keep planting seeds of obedience. They will eventually produce a harvest. Maybe you have been disobedient while in Christ? You are not immune from your disobedience. Those are seeds of rebellion you planted and they will come up. Even if you repent, there’s consequences for disobedience. You need to examine yourself soberly and stop blaming everyone else. God is good, true, and faithful. He will pardon abundantly, but He does not always remove your consequences. Disobedience is hard. #runyourrace

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