Obedience

Five years ago in September, I made a decision to obey Gods voice that was speaking so strongly to my heart. I decided to surrender my entire being to Him. God gave me a desire to serve Him in a way where I would be the one gaining spiritual growth.

In the past, I did a lot of busy volunteer work that was mainly physical. But this time, I understood that because I had been faithful in everything that God wanted me to do, it was time to step out of my comfort zone and do something that I had not done before.

FAITHFUL IN SMALL

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10

 

God gave me the desire to study His word, pray and have fellowship with other believers in an environment that would help me learn more about God. The idea to start a small group in my home was born. The main reason for this group was actually for myself, yet it turned into a bigger purpose than I could have ever imagined. I was the one with the desire to study the Bible and simply wanted accountability from others on a weekly basis. Looking back, i see that God had installed similar desires in the people he surrounded me with. They also wanted more out of life and didn't want to remain the same.

 

I was the one with the desire to study the Bible and simply wanted accountability from others on a weekly basis.

At that time, I didn’t understand the Bible very well and I didn’t know how to lead a group. I asked a few friends who also wanted a deeper knowledge of God, and we agreed to launch our small group together. Although I was the leader and host of this group, I felt like I was the one who was benefiting from this small group the most. However, everyone received some sort of blessing during and after our group meetings. On a weekly basis, we were receiving answers to our prayers and revelations to questions we had been asking for years prior. All simply because we were willing and were opened to each other. 

We were on a mission to inevitable change
 

 

All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. Acts 2:44

 

We started with studying the book of Romans. It was amazing what God was doing in each of our lives. We saw Gods word becoming real in our daily lives. During the week, we could relate to so many things that God had been speaking through the chapters that we were studying and discussing. I had a group of people who truly cared about me as I did about them. We prayed for each other, uplifted and encouraged each other. Anytime someone has a prayer request or anything, we support each other no matter what. After all these years, we can still be there for each other and now can expand our circle to anyone of you who need that encouragement (which we all need at some point).

 

After being faithful in leading this group for almost five years, I’m so excited that we are taking it to a new level. Not only am I continuing to gain spiritual growth, but God will to be faithful in each one of your lives too.  

Regardless of the size or popularity of the idea God is placing on your heart, He wants to do something in you and through you. But He can only do it if you allow him to and choose to be obedient.

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

 

It’s ironic that after five faithful years of leading and hosting a small group, God has called me to blogging. Blogging is very similar to the small group. It takes obedience, time, commitment, and consistency. Just as in our small group, in this group, people are seeking something more for their lives. People have the desire to get to know God in a deeper way and want changes in their lives just as I still do. I’m really excited that I get to continue to gain spiritual growth and receive blessings through my new blogging family. There is one thing that I have learned in the last five years, when you become a blessing to someone else, you are actually the one being blessed.

 

 

God will bless your consistency and obedience with Him. He values people who are committed for the time with Him.

After writing today’s blog, I can’t help but ask myself the question: what if I would have brushed off Gods voice, where would I be in my life today?

Since there had been moments in my life when I had missed out on the opportunity to obey, I don’t want to think about the blessings I have missed out on. But today, I’m not dwelling on the missed opportunities but embracing on the ones I obeyed God on.

I thank God that He gives us so many chances to obey Him. Ofthen we question whether it’s Gods voice that we hear. Sometimes it's another person who tries to guilt us into doing something. God remains faithful while we are trying to figure out if we really heard from Him. There have been numerous instances where I would do works out of guilt because I didn’t want to disappoint people who expected me to do something. I don’t think God favors that kind of guilt; to almost a condemnation (which is clearly not of God). It takes time to hear from God. When God spoke to me in the past, I had feelings of conviction. That’s when I wanted to surrender on my own. Also when God speaks, I have peace in my heart. When guilt creeps in, or I think someone is manipulating me into doing something, I feel anxious. We all can agree that those are not attributes of God.

 

Not by way of eyeservice, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:6

Jonah was stuck in the whale for 3 days until he decided to finally obey. Are you stuck in a place due to the lack of obedience to God? As soon as you obey, God will deliver you from the uncomfortable circumstance in your life. Jonah made a choice to obey and only stayed inside the whale for 3 days. How long have you stayed in your place of discomfort? Don’t blame God for the choices that you make. You are in charge of allowing blessings to flow into your life. Make a step in surrendering all your thoughts, feeling and desires to God. He has been longing for you to come and give yourself to Him. He loves you and is so proud of you because He made you in His own image.

If you have any questions, comments, or simply need prayer: It would be my honor to serve you. You can contact me here

-Natasha