What does the Lord require of every one of His servants? But to follow and obey Him no matter the consequence, no matter the fear, and no matter the backlash that may come against you.
To follow His Word and commands with the utmost devotion. Not the commands and bylaws of men, but the plan, purpose, and will of God the Father.
“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8
He wants every part of your life, every aspect of your being. Your entire existence from the moment you trust Him as your Savior to the moment you close your eyes for the last time. There is no retirement for the servant of the Lord. There are no slackers or fence riders in His cavalry.
There are no ifs, and, or buts. You must put everything else aside and follow the Lord’s command.
Are you doing things that displease Him? Are you watching or reading things that do not bring Him glory? Is there any aspect of your life where you are riding the fence between good and evil? Something you have justified as ok.
Flee from those things that God hates and cling to Him. Do what is good and pleasing in His sight. Devote yourself to His commands and the job He has given you to do. Put your hand to the plow and do not look back.
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:14-15
Just as David turned away from all evil and devoted himself to the Lord. God then strengthened and guided him. If you do the same and put your trust in Him, hold firm to your faith in Him, He will lead, guide, and strengthen you as well.
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. Psalm 144:1-2
Great is His reward to His faithful, bold, and courageous servants. Who did not follow the ways of religion or the world, but obeyed the Word of the Lord.
But remember that the greater the call from God on your life the greater the backlash and attack you will encounter from the world around you.
Satan does not bother with those who are of no consequence to him. But he is scared to death of those who walk in the pure fire of the Holy Spirit to break down his dominion, powers, rulers, and generals in the heavenly places. Those who have been given the task of devastating his kingdom by the Word of the Lord.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8
Stand firm in the Lord and in the power of His might. The devil will crumble and melt before the authority and power of God’s Spirit He has put within you. It is not you, but the Lord who uses you. It is the authority of Jesus Christ that will destroy the works of darkness. Praise God!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-13