The obedience our Lord requires is not complicated. Even a simple fisherman can do it.
Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
Take a moment today and read Matthew 17:24-27. That is the incident we examine today as a clear example of turning “led” into gold. A situation had arisen that obviously connected Jesus and Peter in the same predicament. It was tribute, or tax time. Jesus told Peter to go fishing with a hook, and to look in the mouth of the first fish he caught. There he was to find a coin of sufficient value to pay the tax for both of them. Peter did precisely what Jesus commanded, found the coin, and paid the tax. A simple story, but a powerful example of turning “led” into gold.
Look closely at the principle revealed in this story. Jesus and Peter had a shared need. Learn a secret of the kingdom. At least, it is a secret to most believers. If you are facing a need, Jesus is facing the same need. The question then arises, will you allow Jesus, as your Lord, to take ownership in that need, and thereby take the responsibility of meeting that need? Think of it. If Jesus is your Lord, He is responsible for every element of your life so long as you walk in compliance with His will. For the Christian, that means being obedient to His will, regardless of how it comes to you; in His Word, directly by Holy Ghost, through one of His select channels (one of His vessels), or any other form of revelation (dreams, visions, gifts of the Spirit).
And when you receive clear instruction from Him, it is your responsibility to press forward in full obedience to His will, whatever it may be. And you can be assured that when you are obedient, the result will be blessing in your life beyond what your own imagination could have conceived. I will state it as plainly as possible. You CANNOT walk obediently before the Lord and live a life of lack and poverty in this life unless you choose to not receive that which the Lord desires to give you. And if you do that, unlearning of His will, not discerning His way, you will come to a place in which you are not pleasing the Lord in what He desires for you. The child of God must remember, not for the purpose of legality, but for the purpose of walking in a place of the full release of God’s life and power in them, that there are sins of commission in which one deliberately does that which is contrary to the will of Father, but sins of omission in which one chooses to NOT carry out or walk in the will of Father.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 1; 3 John 2; Exodus 13:18; Exodus 15:13-18; Isaiah 48:21-22; Romans 8:14; Isaiah 55:11-13; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:7