Obedience Draws Blessings
by Tim Purple
(Battle Creek, Mi, United States )
My pastor was giving a series about our comfort zones and how God calls His people outside their comfort zones.
He explained how sometimes our comfort zones are actually uncomfortable comfort zones, starving us spiritually. That He is not trying to take something from us but is leading us to something better.
The pastor gave several texts to show this endeavor of God and how He blesses us when we obey. That we should not look at our circumstances or the reality we see, but to step out in faith in obedience to our Father and know His best interest is for us.
That what we can't see on the other side of our decision is the multitude of blessings the Lord has in store for us and He is just waiting, like a father on Christmas morning, ready and excited to give us blessings that we could never imagine.
I have been in a bad marriage for 5 yrs. We actually divorced then remarried. She was very unfaithful, full of spite, etc. I have put up with all kinds of deceit, unfaithfulness, and the like from day one.
I wanted to keep my marriage vows and be like Christ says we should and forgive, forgive, forgive. But deep down inside my soul was in torment, unable to have a spiritual environment my soul was starving.
For over 3 years I felt this tugging in my soul to leave. I fervently called upon the Lord for His advise and kept receiving texts that described my wife and her intentions.
I ignored the answer and kept in my uncomfortable comfort zone. Miserable beyond description.
Then I heard the pastor's message and it was the final straw. He mentioned several different life situations that we might be in and God was calling us out of them and to be obedient.
The first situation he mentioned was "you may be in a poisonous relationship, being spiritually starved." That was it for me. I knew at that point God was talking to me and it was time to obey.
She had been unfaithful and I had biblical grounds for divorce. I had no idea where I was going to move or how I would be able to afford it, as I am going to school full time.
Fear struck and I almost didn't go thru with it, but I stepped out in faith and obedience and the blessing haven't stopped.
The first day I found an extended stay hotel cheap. Then when Friday came I put aside my $60 tithe, then went to pay a bill. Somehow saved $75 on that bill that month.
Then I had called on an apartment and was quoted $590 a month, then went into sign a lease and he said he miss-quoted me the price, that it was actually supposed to be $690 a month, but he would honor the quote of $590, saving me $1200 a year.
Then 3 other opportunities came my way.
First I could stay in a $250,000 5 Bdrm, 2 car garage, with land in the country for free just pay utilities. Then a friend was renting out his basement apt. cheap.
Then another friend called and said her cousin was moving out of a small house and probably could rent it.
I had not mentioned my situation to anyone.
I now had too many options to chose from. So I prayed again, and narrowed down what I feel God wants me to have.
All 3 of the other places were a long ways from work, and the apt. that I saved $1200 on, is right across the street from where I work.
I think God gave me blessing of opportunities to give me the power of choice, but highlighted the one He had chosen for me by saving me $1200.
The blessings keep coming and all I know is, this has been the biggest step in faith and obedience that I have ever taken and I love my Father more now than ever before.
He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Take that step of faith and obedience my brothers and sisters, no matter what you see in your reality, trust Him, He is trustworthy.
He is incapable of lying. He has presents just waiting to give you so He can laugh and smile and enjoy your happiness.
Love in Christ Always.
P.S. Remember it is not a religion with rules that you can never meet, it is a personal relationship with your Father, friend, and intercessor.
He knows your pain like no other and wants to heal you today.