As most of you know, I absolutely love the teachings of Dr Mike Murdock and I was really blessed by this one too. Here is Wisdom Key #70:
In case you were not able to see the video for any reason, here are some of the main points covered:
1) God is a God of reward.
He leaves no man unrewarded. It is very important to pay very close attention to this side of God because it places an emphasis on His character as Jehovah Jireh- the Lord our Provider (Gen 22:14). Some of the places in the Bible that display the act of God rewarding are:
A list of rewards for keeping (holding fast to, remembering and obeying) the Lord’s commands. Some of them include favour with the elements, success with farming, abundance with produce of the land, peace with men and animals, strength over enemies and fear of His people among their enemies, multiplication and prosperity in all they put their hands to, abundance of real estate and the Lord making His dwelling among them, through the establishment of a firm relationship between Himself and the Israelites.
The rewards are similar to the above with the exception of increase in favour because the rewards include an expansion of real estate, increase in authority, increase in prosperity so that they lack nothing, increase in popularity (through the Lord’s dwelling among the people) and therefore fear among enemies, success in all forms of labour, increase in the production of the land and increase in good health among the people, livestock and the land.
God gives instructions to the Israelites on how they can reconcile themselves to Himself. The key verse is 19, “ If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”
2) Jonah’s disobedience caused a delay for his miracle.
How long would a trip to Nineveh have been if Jonah just obeyed? However long it would have taken, that time was increased by three days and three nights (1:17)! After he eventually decided to obey-although looking at his situation, he technically had no choice-it took him a short time to fulfill his assignment. What would take him a long time, took him a day. Think about it.
3) Every time you ask God for a miracle He will give you an instruction.
In John 9:6-7 the blind man sought to see again and Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud and spreads it (as ointment) on the man’s eyes. He then tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam, and he begins to see.
In 2 Kings 5:9-14 Naaman had leprosy, sought the man of God, who was Elisha, for healing and he was told to go and wash in the Jordan seven times and he was healed. Whatever God has instructed you to do will shorten the distance to any miracle you are pursuing. Honour those in authority and listen to mentors.
NB: God can do in one day what would take you a year. Remember:
Each act of obedience shortens the distance to any miracle you are pursuing.