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Mar 28 2015

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In Good Faith- A Man Named Noah- Part 5

In this teaching series we have seen that there are character attributes we must possess before we will be entrusted with a divine assignment. It is neither what man thinks of us nor what we think about ourselves. It is what God Himself knows to be true about who we really are.

We must have a relationship with God that is established and confirmed over time. As we walk faithfully and honestly with Him we will grow in the knowledge of who He is and He will bring us to maturity.

We see that God’s instructions to Noah were specific. They were detailed. There was no need for speculation on Noah’s part. He just needed to do it as God laid it out for him. If we will listen attentively, God will reveal the fullness of a matter to us. It will also be an assignment that is constructed one day at a time.

In Genesis chapter six God gave specific instructions to Noah about to build the Ark.

He told him to build it out of gopher or cypress wood.  He told him to make one window and one door in specific locations. He instructed him, “This is the way you are to make it….”

How would we have responded to these specific instructions? Would you have said, “Well, you know Lord, I think the window should go here. I also think the door should go over there. I would like to make them like thus and so because of this or that.” This can be our problem when we receive an assignment of heaven for our lives. We want to do things our way instead of God’s way.

Control. Control. Control. Control equates to self-will and pride. More often than not if we are struggling with the assignment of heaven for our lives it because of our desire to be in control and have it our way. There can be so many outside influences telling us it should look like this or look like that. You should do it like this or like that. You should follow this plan or that plan. Better yet, if you pay me this much, I will sell you my plan and you are guaranteed to have success!

If Noah would have submitted himself to such logic, opinion, or ideas outside of God’s prescribed plan the Arc may not have been built. It most assuredly would not have been able to withstand the rain, the flood, the storm or survive the required time in the open waters. The pressures would have crushed in the sides of the Arc, drowning everyone on board.

Don’t you think Noah’s kids were thinking and saying, “Dad is nuts!” What was his wife thinking? What were the people saying? “Look at Noah! What a fool!” I am sure he questioned his own sanity in the process of years and the difficulty of building the Arc. He still had to do it God’s way and not his own.

“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell–and great and complete was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27 AMP)

Through this parable Jesus reminded us of this divine principle that we need to fully obey the word of God for our own protection. We must obey In the same way Noah was required to obey in order to protect his family and the creation of God committed to his care.

The wisdom that God gives us is always perfect and complete. We do not need to change it or add anything to it. Our only job is to obey it.

 

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