Partial Obedience Won’t Due

1 Kings 2:3, “Observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.”

I was recently having a conversation with a friend, and we were discussing the importance of obedience to the Lord. She was telling me how the Holy Spirit was leading her to get a new car battery. So she went and had her battery tested and was told it was still good. (Even though the technician did say, sometimes the battery test can show good one day and bad the next.) However, she decided to accept the “good” test and move on.

Then shortly after that, she heard the Holy Spirit tell her again to go get a new battery. So she said she went to another store to check battery prices, but still didn’t move forward with a purchase. Then a couple of days later, she found herself sitting in a parking lot with a car that would not start because the battery was dead. Oh how she wished she had obeyed the Holy Spirit’s instructions!

How often do we toss aside those instructions from the Lord because of our own doubts, fears, or rationale? Partial obedience (battery test and pricing a battery) won’t due the trick. We have to take action, and follow through with God’s instructions. There are blessings attached to our obedience, but if we don’t follow through we may never experience what it is God has waiting for us.

Let’s pray for a continuous desire and strength to obey the Lord in all we do.

Photo by: Samuel Martins

48 thoughts on “Partial Obedience Won’t Due

  1. Love this Dawn. Funny thing is the battery on our car is dying too but the Holy Spirit has not prompted to buy a new battery. 🙂 Different situation but same principle. Only full obedience to the lead of Jesus will do. Just saying we will and not following through we are like the son in Matthew 21:28-32. Only the one who fully obeys will grow in spirit, maturity and wisdom. Words enough just don’t cut it anymore, they must be married to positive actions of obedience or our faith is worthless.

    Thank you so much for this Dawn.

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  2. God does require our complete obedience and this is something we grow in over time. May we consciously submit every area so that we honour him with our complete obedience.
    Thank you for this necessary reminder Dawn 💙.

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  3. Dawn, this is a great post, and it is something I have been pondering for a long time.

    Certainly the Holy Spirit prompts us, and inspires us, yet, sometimes I wonder how to explain this to a non-believer.

    Sometimes I’ll get asked : ‘How can you tell the difference between promptings of the Holy Spirit and your own thoughts?’

    I haven’t yet been able how to explain the difference to someone who does not believe. ⚘

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    1. Thanks Sally for sharing. Like Perth Girl mentioned, I think it’s a growing process. As we grow in relationship with the Lord we get to know His voice better. Even then there have been times I have let my own thoughts and desires get in the way, and I had to repent.

      As far as unbelievers, the things of the Lord are foolishness to those who do not believe. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” So it would be hard for them to understand.

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      1. Thanks so much for sharing this response, Dawn.

        Yes, for sure, I agree with you.

        I think also of the words found at the Cathedral in Chartres, France :
        ‘ For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.
        For those who don’t believe, no explanation is possible’.

        I have learned that when I feel prompted to have a second piece of chocolate cake, this is not the prompting of the Holy Spirit…🤗

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  4. Dawn, As Christians, we need to be obedient and open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is so easy to be complacent instead of active. One time, when I was hesitant, I felt the Holy Spirit pushing me out of the pew to respond to His calling. Since then, I have tried to be more obedient in my response. 😊 Peace and blessings! 🌼🧡🌺

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  5. How often you ask, well, more times than I care to admit. In fact I did not obey on doing something I was suppose to the past Sunday at church. I sit there and did not say a word. And was convicted by it too. It’s an ongoing lesson. Thanks for the post Dawn, you always share good truth.

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  6. I can so relate to this lady. I found myself in that position many times. Sometimes you feel that the situation is too trivial for God and ignore the gentle instructions of the Holy Spirit. I pray that we will be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Dawn. Great word.

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  7. Don’t we sometimes doubt the voice and think we have misheard though, especially when circumstances seem to say otherwise. I for one often can doubt that I’ve heard correctly… and I often wonder how daft Noah must have felt!

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    1. Yeah, I have had times too that I wondered if I was hearing correctly. I appreciate the Holy Spirit’s persistent reminders. Noah was amazing to do what he did! Imagine one of us having to do something like that today.

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  8. Obedience is better than sacrifice. We may never understand the instruction but it is very important that we are obedient. Our unwillingness to be obedient to an instruction can lead to destruction. The Holy Spirit instructs for a purpose. Thank you for sharing Dawn 🤗🙏🏿

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  9. Indeed obedience is far much better than offering sacrifices.

    The topic reminds me of Abraham being commanded by God to leave everything and move to a land God would tell him and then boom! he takes along his cousin Lot and that’s how Sodom and Gomorra was born.

    Another person is King saul, he killed all the frail animals and kept the fat animals together with the king for His own benefit.

    and lastsly, Ananias and Saphira.

    Indeed partial obedience is no obedience at all and God doesn’t delight in partial obedience.

    May we learn to take God at His word in all circumstance.

    Be blessed sis.

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  10. YES!!! Often times the “trust your gut” recommendation is really “trust the Holy Spirit”. And also, often times, if we are not obedient or half obedient, the Lord will find someone else to do the work and they get the blessing intended for us. Guilty as charged right here!

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