Incomplete Obedience is Disobedience

Back in October 2019, the Father impressed upon my heart to begin a blog about banner bearing and the cross. I began in obedience, taking the first steps. There was research and perusal of other blogs similar to the one I had in mind, a study of which platform would be best, learning how to use it, consistent prayer about the Lord’s will for the blog, and even a basis laid for the website.

Yet I failed entirely.

Why?

Because I failed to follow through. I didn’t complete the task at hand, and was distracted by the cares of the world. And incomplete obedience is disobedience.

James 2:10 (ESV) says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” The same is true of all obedience. If God has instructed you to do something, and you begin the work, but you turn away from it, you are guilty of disobedience for the entire task!

Now, let me clarify that ‘turning away from the task’ explicitly means to stop working towards the completion of the task without the direction from God. There are times when God will put a task on your heart, and you begin, yet He will instruct you to wait. And you must wait patiently until it is time to resume the work. Again, there are times where an obstacle will prevent you from noticeably moving forwards towards the task, yet if you are seeking a way around the obstacle, and seeking the Lord’s will about the obstacle, you are still actively working in obedience, and not in disobedience.

For example, let’s say God told me to build a house. So I start out. I learn the essentials of building and drawing a house that will stand, and I draw up the plan or blueprint, and then… I hit a snag. I don’t have money to purchase the foundation. Now if I walk away and say, “I can’t complete this, I don’t have the means to do so,” I have failed. But if I come to God and ask for His wisdom and direction, and then in faith I research options to take out a loan, I am still acting in obedience. Recalling and trusting in the Word of God with verses like these would be very beneficial to me: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 ESV “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26 ESV

So let’s say that in the middle of asking God about applying for a specific loan one day, an anonymous check comes in the mail for the exact amount I need for the foundation. So I move forwards, and set the foundation. But then God tells me to wait. To pause my labors on the house. If I go forward anyway, I go on my own strength, in opposition to God. And we know that man’s strength runs out very quickly. Yet if I wait, I am in obedience to God. And if I continue in that pattern of ‘trust and obey,’ the house will be completed in the perfect timing of God.

This past week, the Father reminded me of a task I had neglected. And with that reminder came a partial understanding of what would have happened, had I been faithful to continue in obedience. A rebuke by revelation. But in God’s wondrous grace, He also declared it not too late to continue His work.

Looking back with the rebuke of the Father, I see that His timing in instructing me to begin this blog was very important. He was beginning a new work within me that He desired to be recorded. It would have helped me, and it may have helped others, to have that record. Yet in disobeying and leaving the task, I missed out on a lot of that. Looking back with the rebuke of the Father, I see that His timing in instructing me to begin this blog was very important. He was beginning a new work within me that He desired to be recorded. It would have helped me, and it may have helped others, to have that record. Yet in disobeying and leaving the task, I missed out on a lot of that.

However, I believe it is important to have as much of the past 3 or 4 months of walking with God recorded here as possible. Yet I cannot ignore the new teachings that are happening now, like this one. So for the next few weeks, until the past is recorded, I plan to release at least two posts a week: one for the current speaking of the Father in my life, and one of the past speaking. It will have lost some of its value, not having been recorded in order, nor at the current time, with a fresh memory, but with the help of the Spirit, I hope to present what He considers most important through this.

When is a time when you disobeyed through incomplete obedience, and how did God show His power and grace to you in that season?

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