Jeremiah 7 v22, 23; 1 Sam 15 v 22; Micah 6 v 6-8; Deut 10v12
Thus says the Lord of hosts, "... this is what I commanded them, saying,
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all
the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you."
God is not interested in offering and sacrifice but He wants His
people to obey His voice. People are often busy with outward things like activities for
God but God wants that we obey Him and His word.
We often use our traditions to excuse plain obedience to God. An
attitude of "I know better" than God results in losing out on revival, because
God's thoughts are not our thoughts. Why argue with God when you should just say
"have your own way, Lord"?
If there was a special diet that would give 10 extra years of life
we would all adopt it immediately. Any new remedy or diet that comes our way is easily
obeyed though it is "the tradition of men". We should rather "diet
sin" and be obedient to God's Holy Spirit. He doesn't want our sacrifices; just
When God's Holy Spirit was poured out in revival we forgot about
the past and got busy with God in the present tense. In revival we are constantly renewed.
Every time we read the Bible, or pray, or listen to a message, it must be fresh, new and
instantly obeyed. Even as we drink from the Lord we should also have a dissatisfaction in
that we crave for more of His Spirit, more of God and His speaking. And, we should be more
We need to be doers of God's word. Abraham, Moses and many others
obeyed God' voice. Hezekiah stayed close to the Lord and if Joseph had not listened to God
in a dream, the Lord Jesus would have been in danger. God requires obedience, justice,
mercy and that we walk humbly with Him. He requires that we do not grieve Him. As we would
not want to hurt our earthly fathers, in the same way we shouldn't hurt God and strive to
please Him. He says if we obey His voice, He will be our God and we will be His people.