(This is apart of a series on change. See last four days to catch up on this topic!)
You’re not the only one to ever stall. I’ve been guilty of this many of times…recently. I won’t spend time listing all the reasons why hesitation occurs but I will share some possible consequences.
1) You may have to take a whoopin you were not meant to receive
Genesis 19:15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city”
Here’s a simple example: You get a gut feeling that you need to leave a function early. Even though you are having a great time, you are obedient. Later that night you receive a call that the party was shot up after a fight broke out. What would have happened if you ignored that slight nudge? Your obedience to the spirit could have saved your life and possibly those who were with you.
The angels told Lot to leave before he was consumed in the punishment of the city. I don’t know about you but I’m
not trying to serve any punishments/sentences for what I am not guilty of! Even if the group, person, place, or organization seems harmless if God is saying move, you better get to movin.
2) You may be holding your blessings captive
This is what came to mind as I read Genesis 19:22. The angel told Lot “Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.”
Not only could you be avoiding destruction or a possible whoopin, which shows how awesome God’s grace and mercy is, but you will be releasing your blessings for your new season. The longer you wait to make moves, the longer your blessings could be locked up! Hurry, escape! For He cannot release them until you arrive where He told you to go!
3) You may be putting others in jeopardy
Jonah 1: 4,7, 11-12
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up… 7. Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah…11. The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
Jonah endangered the lives of those sailors and his delayed obedience could’ve caused Ninevah to miss the word they needed to lead them to repentance and save them from destruction.
IF God has given you a word to share, share it! It could save their lives. If He has asked you to do something, do it! Your obedience will be an example or testament for someone else. Often times I have no clue why I had to move in the directions I was led [they seem so dramatic] until someone says, “I don’t think I could have done that if you wouldn’t have” or “seeing you did that lets me know I can do it too”…Again I say it is way greater than us.
4) You might lose your opportunity altogether
Numbers 20:12 NLT But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”
What? My unbelief can keep me from my promise? Yup! In the bible, this story has way more to it but I’ll leave it at this. Only because it hit me in my throat lol. I don’t want to be unable to do the things I dream about just because I doubt or wanna do things my way! And I sure don’t want “Joshua” to have to take over and carry my dreams out for me! (You gotta read the whole story)
5) You wait too long and the resources may dry up and die
Deuteronomy 2:14 NLT Thirty-eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the Lord had vowed would happen.
Israel spent 40 years wandering around the desert due to their disobedience. They made it complicated and ended up losing needed men. If God is telling you to go now, there may be an opportunity He is setting you up for that will only happen once. Can you imagine your disobedience being a reason you missed a million dollar deal?
These were just a few consequences, enough for my scary self to start increasing my faith day by day and walking in new realms in God as He sees fit. Do you know any other consequences? Please, leave em below!
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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