How to overcome people bondage

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This morning in my devotion I read the story where God rejected Saul in I Samuel 15. God sent Saul to destroy Agag and the Amalekites completely. Saul disobeyed. His men took the best of the spoil from war and sacrificed it to God. In verse 3, the Lord explicitly says to Saul:

Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

But in verse 9, we see what transpires.

"Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed."

When Prophet Samuel reprimands Saul, Saul defends himself by saying that He took the best to sacrifice it to God. This should be okay right, wrong.

I knew this portion of the story. I knew very well that Saul took the best of the land to sacrifice to the Lord. But what I did not know was Saul’s response when Samuel asked why he took the goods.

The turn of events is very unfortunate. Here is what the great and mighty Saul that the Lord placed over the Israel had to say in verse 24:

“I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.”

Saul very clearly said that he feared the voice of his people and he obeyed them. This greatly annoyed the Lord such that in verse 35, the bible states that the Lord regretted anointing Saul as King over Israel.

This bothered me intensely. I thought about how often we disobey the voice of God because we are afraid of the voices of men. We place our earthly reputation above God’s will for us. We choose immediate gratification over eternal joy with the Lord.

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Here are a few things I’d have to highlight:

  1. Shake free of people bondage. So what if they insult you? So what is people think you’re not cool or that you’re too Christian or that you talk about God too much?

If God has asked you to let something go, please let it go. If He asks you to end that relationship, please let it go. Don’t feel like you have to go for a party and drink alcohol or have sex in order to fit in. Do not step into places that will grieve the Holy Spirit.

We often want to fit into places that were not created for us in the first place. We want to have social standing, but we forget that it comes from God. In Luke 2:52, the bible says that “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” We often want to get that favor by ourselves, when it’s entirely up to God alone to lead and direct us.

  1. Partial obedience is disobedience- This has been a very difficult lesson for me to learn. It often seems painful to obey God completely in the moment. When He says we should not fornicate, we want to do as much as we can without actually going “all the way.” When we’re asked to be faithful givers to the Lord,  we give only to the point where we prevent guilt. When it’s time to fast, we want to do all kinds of variations of all sorts of things so that we do not actually sit and wait on the Lord while He teaches us to master our flesh.

All of this partial obedience is disobedience to the Lord. In Revelation 3:16, the bible says that God will spit out all those who are lukewarm from His mouth. Are you dragging your feet on something that God has asked you to do? Are you giving God only a partial sacrifice? Are you being sluggish with Him? Are you testing God’s patience? Make amends immediately, for your own benefit.

  1. God always has substitutes- We forget that God’s work will get done, whether or not we avail ourselves. There are several times when Jesus talks about this in the gospels. In Luke 19:40, Jesus challenges the Pharisees that even if they don’t want to praise God, He will raise stones to praise Him. We often that God created everything on this earth. If we are sluggish, the Lord will make whatever He wants to come by His own hand.

We forget that centuries before Jesus was born, the Prophet Isaiah prophesied about His birth in Isaiah 9:7, saying

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

The most interesting phrase in that selection for me is “The Zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

It is a divine privilege when the Almighty God involves us in His divine plan for this earth. When we act slow or sluggish or let inconsequential problems like money or reputation take us away from God’s plan for ourselves, we’re playing ourselves.

If only we knew the mighty privilege that we have to be bearers of the Lord’s promise to the entire earth, we’d act right.

Today I challenge you to take all that I’ve shared above seriously.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how you can serve Him better.

More importantly, when the Lord shows you what needs to be done, please act immediately.

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