If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Numbers chapter fourteen. Numbers chapter fourteen. We’re
going to look at verse forty through verse forty-four.
Numbers chapter fourteen, verse forty through verse forty-four. And when you reach there, please signify by saying
amen. Would you please stand for the reading of our Word
40. And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up
into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will
go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we
41. And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the
commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42. Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not
smitten before your enemies.
43. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before
you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned
away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with
44. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless
the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not
out of the camp.
Let’s look at verse forty-five.
45. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites
which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited
them, even unto Hormah.
Let us pray.
Father, we thank You. We praise You for Your Word tonight.
We thank You that Your Word shall not return unto You void.
But it shall accomplish everything You sent it forth to
accomplish. I thank You for hiding Your son behind the
cross, that Your people would see You and not me. Dear
Lord, as I decrease I ask that You would truly increase. In
Jesus’ holy and blessed Name.
The people of God said amen. You may be seated in the
house of God.
When we look at these Scriptures, it’s talking about the act of
being obedient. We’ve taught on obedience before. But God
is moving us into another realm in the Spirit. And whenever
God begins to move you into another place, He’s requiring
another level of obedience.
We understand obedience for what it is. But when God calls
you to a place of obedience (glory to God), He means to be
obedient, and there’s nothing other than being obedient.
When we look at the word to “obey,” it means to follow the
command or guidance of. It means to be able to comply with.
It means to carry out.
And all of these things He was speaking to the children of
Israel. He was saying to them, “Follow My commands.” And
He said, “Follow my guidance.” He said, “Comply with what
I’m saying.” And He’s saying, “Carry out what I am telling
you to carry out.”
When we look at the word to “obey,” it also suggest that not
only will I carry out what God is telling me to carry out. But I
am to carry it out with quickness. I am to do what God is
telling me to do expediently. I am not to get into a place
where I’m trying to figure out God. But I am to get into the
mold to where God said it, that settles it, and that’s what I’m
going to do.
When we look at the children of Israel in Numbers chapter
fourteen, verse forty through verse forty-four, the Israelites
realized that they had acted foolishly in not being obedient to
God. And when they finally realized that they had acted
foolishly about not being obedient, they told Moses, they said,
“Okay. Now we’ll comply. Now we’ll carry this thing out.
Now we’ll be obedient.”
But then it was too late. He said, “Don’t go up now. Because
you didn’t do it before. So don’t do it now.”
You see, when we get in a hard place, it’s easy, easy for us to
feel guilty. You don’t want to hear me. Come on. Let’s talk
to me tonight. It’s easy to repent, because I’m guilty. I know
that I’m guilty. But a heart-felt repentance is what God is
You see, you may not have been obedient. And you may feel
the effect of your disobedience. But until I repent with a
heart-felt repentance, God is not going to listen to what I do.
It doesn’t matter what I do, even if I’m complying now with
what He said. It doesn’t matter. Glory to God.
Many of us are in places right now where God has spoken to
us. And He’s told us to do something. But we still have not
done it. You see, it’s a dangerous thing to fall into God’s
hands when we have not been obedient to Him.
In the book of First Samuel chapter fifteen and verse twenty-two, it says to obey is better than sacrifice. Do you hear what
I’m saying tonight? God is calling True Vine Ministries to
another level of obedience.
Why? We have been in prayer. We have been in fasting. We
have been seeking the Lord early. And we have found Him.
And He’s beginning to add unto the house of God. And in
those things He’s saying, “Now I’m calling you to another
level of obedience to My Word.”
Obedience. Sure enough, even after they said, “Okay, we will
obey,” but the man of God said it was too late, they still did
what they wanted to do.
You see, because they didn’t comply with God the first time...
See, God may have wanted to do something else now. You
see, you cannot be obedient to the old thing all the time.
You’ve got to get into a place where you’re seeking God and
saying, “God, is that what You still want me to do? Or God,
do You want me to do something else now?”
He said to them, he said, “Don’t go up now. Because God is
not with you.” But the Bible says that they went up anyway.
Who wants to walk in obedience to God? Don’t wait until
after the fact. Don’t wait until you’re in a hard place to be
obedient. Don’t wait until He got to chasten you to be
obedient. Be obedient now to what the Lord has to say.
We must not only do what’s right. We’ve got to do what’s
right at the right time. Let me say that again. We must not
only do what’s right. Hello, somebody. We’ve got to do
what’s right at the right time.
God wants complete, and God wants instant obedience.
Obedience must be timely. Look at your neighbor and say,
“Obedience must be timely.” See, you can’t think about
being obedient, whether or not it’s going to benefit you, or
whether or not it’s what you’re in the mode to do at the time.
You’ve got to get into the realm and I’ve got to get into the
realm that that’s where I stay and that’s where I dwell, in the
realm of obedience to my God and to the Word of God.
In Genesis nineteen and verse fifteen, the angels urged Lot.
They said, “Lot, grab your wife and grab your daughters, and
get out of Sodom.” But the Bible said in verse sixteen that
Lot lingered. And that word “lingered” means that he
You see, you can get into a place where you may have been
the only Godly thing in that place. But those worldly
pleasures have (glory to God) satisfied you, and have
stimulated your senses to such a place that you get so used to
them (glory to God) that there’s no light shining in you no
more. Your weakness has been lost. And you’re just one of
And that’s what happened to Lot. Those pleasures (glory to
God) and the position and all those things began to get to Lot.
And so Lot, instead of hastening to listen to what God was
saying and to act in obedience, he hesitated. Don’t you know
if you hesitate from being obedient, it can bring you to a place
of utter destruction?
He risked being judged with the ungodly. See, you and I
can’t risk being judged with those that are ungodly. You see,
my job is only to minister to them and to get away from them,
and let the Holy Ghost do His job. Come out from among
them. Be ye separate.
Yes, Jesus ate with the sinners. But He stayed with them for a
little while so He could minister to them. And then He went
on about His business.
Obedience cannot be where you are hesitating, hesitating.
Sometimes obedience is going to bring trouble. Sometimes
when you’re obedient to the Word of God, you’re looking for
Jesus was obedient even to the point of what? Death. That’s
what it said in Philippians. Even to the point of death.
Obedience is going to sometimes bring you to the point where
you got to die to who you are, to be able to live to who He is.
Obedience. Lot didn’t want to abandon the wealth and the
position and the comfort that he was enjoying in Sodom. So
See, you may be enjoying somewhere where you are right
now, but God is telling you to move from that place. And
your hesitation, your hesitation can cause you to get caught up
with all of those that are being judged by God.
Where are we in our walk of obedience? You see, in being
obedient, it’s going to cause me to have to come out of
myself. It’s going to have to cause me to yield and surrender
myself to who He is. See, it’s no more self. It’s no more self.
Paul said it’s not I, but the Christ that lives in me. It’s no
longer self. Self has got to get out of the way to be obedient.
When we look at our lives and obedience, it comes most of
the time in four stages. When we’re children we be obedient
to our parents. When we are going to school, we be obedient
to our teachers. When we finally get out and get a job, we be
obedient to our employers. And then (glory to God) we learn
how to be obedient to our God.
Where are you in your walk of obedience? Is your obedience
real? Or is your obedience like Saul’s? Saul’s obedience was
selective. When God told him to do one thing, he did
something else. But yet and still in his mind he said, “I’m
being obedient.” But that’s not what God told him to do.
You see, sometimes God will tell you to do something. And
it might not seem like it’s the right thing to do at that time.
But God knows the end from the beginning. It’s all going to
work together for the good. But I need to go ahead and be
Some of our nature, our natures are to rebel. Some of us, our
nature is to instantly as soon as we’re told something, we
stiffen up. And we begin to rebel. And we know that we in a
state of rebellion. So we got to try to break through these
barriers in our hearts, to try to finally say, “Okay, I’ll be
obedient.” But God doesn’t want it to be like that. God
wants us to be able to surrender automatically, instant
obedient unto God and the things of God.
Think about yourself. Where are you lacking in your
obedience? And in what part of your life are you the most
rebellious? There’s somewhere in us that we don’t want to be
obedient. And that’s that part that we got to constantly try to
crucify, crucify, crucify, crucify. Get it under. Get it under.
Some of us don’t want nobody to tell us nothing. We need to
crucify that. Even the boss on the job. He’s the one that runs
the place. And if he say we can’t be off, we want to cuss him
out. If the pastor tell us something, sometime we want to cuss
him out, in so many words. Hello, somebody. I see some
smiles on some faces.
But God is calling us to a another level of obedience.
We get up to pray. We come to the house of God at five
o’clock in the morning. And what I’ve been trying to do is
open it up to everybody on Saturday morning. Because I
found that some people are saying, “Well, everybody should
be able to come and pray.”
So what I did was, I used a strategy. And I’m going to tell
you what it was. I said, “If you really want to pray, then you
going to be here on Saturday morning and pray. Then I can
judge what I need to do during the week.” You don’t want to
talk to me. So why should I open it up during the week to
everybody, when everybody’s not going to come on
Saturday? It’s going to require a sacrifice.
And see, I don’t make it a requirement, because I want people
there that really want to pray. Hello, somebody. See, I don’t
want to put a stipulation on whether or not, you know, if
you’re going to do something in the church, you got to be
obedient and come to prayer. Because then we’ll have one,
two, three, about five people doing everything.
But listen. God has called us to be obedient. It is not whether
you want to be or not. God requires it. He requires it.
What part of our lives are we not being obedient in?
In Genesis twenty-two... Go there with me. Verse one
through verse five.
Sometime the Holy Spirit nudges us to do things, and He’s
telling us to do things. And we won’t do it. We’ll just sit
there like He ain’t even saying nothing.
In Genesis twenty-two, verse one through five it says,
1. And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt
Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold,
here I am.
2. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac,
whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and
offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains
which I will tell thee of.
3. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled
his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac
his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose
up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw
the place afar off.
5. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here
with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship,
and come again to you.
God was testing Abraham. But it wasn’t that He was testing
Abraham to try to trip him up. God was calling him to
another level of obedience.
You see, when you are getting ready to go to another level of
obedience, God will test you. Just like He tested Abraham.
No, He did not want Abraham to kill Isaac. But He wanted
him to give up Isaac in his heart.
You see, even though God may have made you a promise, but
He wants to be more than that promise. Even though it took
all of that time for that promise to come to pass of that son,
his only (glory to God) son, heir to the promise, God wanted
him to give him up in his heart.
You see, when you start to go to new levels of obedience,
God’s going to require you to take things out of your heart.
And most of us it’s going to be people. Hello, somebody.
You see, the things that we love the most are the things that
He’s trying to pull out of our hearts. The people that we love
the most, He’s trying to pull them out of our hearts. Do you
heart what I’m saying? He’ll pull them out. And He wants
you to put them on the altar, and offer them up as a sacrifice
in your heart.
When you’re going to another level of obedience... What do
you love the most? Who do you love the most? Put them on
the altar, and let God be first. I don’t care what God promised
you. If that promise has already come to pass, and you’re so
happy with that promise, give that promise back to God again.
And let me tell you something. Even your next generation
will be blessed. The Bible said because of Abraham’s
obedience, even his generations were blessed after him. You
see, your obedience will cause those that come after you to be
blessed. Do you hear what I’m saying? It’s a generational
thing. Your obedience is just not linked to you. It’s linked to
those that come after you. In the Name of Jesus.
Because he was obedient, God made him the father of many
nations. That’s what the Bible tells us in verse eighteen.
Look at your Bible in verse eighteen.
18. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be
blessed; because thou hast (what?) obeyed my voice.
See, your children are going to be blessed because of your
obedience to the Lord. Somebody needs to hear that.
See, we worry about our children. We worry about how
they’re going to grow up and... But if I’m obedient to the
Lord, they can’t help but to be blessed.
Everything that concerns you is going to be blessed, because
of you obeying the voice of the Lord. Obeying His voice.
You know, we shouldn’t expect obedience to God to be
something that’s easy. Most of the time it’s when this flesh
done risen up, a lot of times, is when God is calling us to
another level of obedience. And He chopping down layer
after layer, to get us to that place.
Because a lot of times we can get to a place where we say,
“Oh, yeah. I’m obedient to God. I’m doing this, and I’m
doing that.” And it’s right then that God’s going to say,
“Boom.” He’s going to drop the bomb on you. He said,
“Now we going to another level.”
Now He’s saying, “Forgive those that you don’t want to
forgive.” Come on. Talk to me. Now He’s saying, “Love
those that are un-loveable.” Come on. Talk to me tonight.
Love those that despitefully use you. Love your enemies.
He starts calling you to levels. He starts bringing things to
your remembrance about, “Oh yeah, God. Well, you know, I
remember. I remember when I was growing up, there was
this bully. And boy, I couldn’t stand him. And when I got,
you know, old enough where I could really handle myself, I
said, ‘I’ll knock him out.’”
But then I got saved. I got saved. And I... The Lord brought
him back to my remembrance. Come on. Listen. And He
showed me that in my heart I still wanted to knock him out.
Now God was saying to me, “Release him and let him go.”
But I was saying, “But Lord, You just don’t know.”
“Forgive him. For he didn’t know what he was doing back
I said, “Alright, Lord.”
And even now... You don’t know nobody like that, do you?
Whenever he would come to my mind, I said, “Lord, just
bless him in Jesus’ Name. Just bless him in Jesus’ Name.”
Then I began to move on again.
See, yours may not have been a bully. Yours may have been
an abusive relationship. Yours may have been an abusive
parent. Come on. Talk to me tonight. And God is saying,
“Release them and forgive them, and be obedient to My
Word. Let them go.”
And once you can do that, you going to your next level of
Abraham received the abundant blessings because he didn’t
hold back on God. The Bible says when you hold back, God
said, “I will have no pleasure in you.”
What are you and I holding back from Him? What are we
holding back from God?
I’ve come to the point and the place where I say, “Lord, I
give You everything, whatever it is. I give it back to You. It
doesn’t mean as much to me if it’s going to stand in the way
of me loving You, or even walking in obedience to You.”
Does that mean children? Look at Abraham. Hello,
somebody. You and I are just stewards of these children
anyway, because they belong to God. They should not come
before Him. Your spouse should not come before Him. Your
job should not come before Him. Your house, your car,
whatever it is, it should not come before God.
And if it stands in the way of you being obedient to God, and
you be obedient to that thing more than you are to God, it has
become an idol. And God said, “I will have no other gods
before Me, because I am a jealous God.”
So how do I love them? You love with His love. You love
with His love, the love of the Lord. Don’t just love with your
flesh. Because that’s what’s going to mess you up. That’s
what causes people to be so emotional when they just love
with their flesh. That’s what causes people to lose their mind
(listen to what I’m telling you) when you just love with your
flesh. You got to love with the love of the Lord.
Obedience. In Deuteronomy twenty-eight and verse one...
Go there with me. We almost finished.
Many of you are about to be tested. That’s why I am
preaching this word. Glory to God. And all that jumping and
shouting is about to see who you really are.
Verse twenty-eight and verse one. It said,
1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently
unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all
his commandments which I command thee this day, that the
LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the
You see, when you begin to surrender and submit, it’s going
to bring you to a place of elevation, elevation in Him. And
when you are elevated in Him, even the world will see.
That’s what happened to Benny Hinn, didn’t it? Even the
world saw. Because they were shocked and amazed at the
testimonies of the doctors saying that yeah, they had it. Now
miraculously they don’t have it.
He will set you on high above the nations, when you are
obedient to Him. Even the heathen will know your name.
That’s why T. D. Jakes was able to talk to the president and
pray with him. The president call him to do it. Why?
Because God set him on high because of the level of
obedience that he was walking in. And that’s where God is
calling us to.
In Joshua three verse thirteen and verse fourteen, it talked
about the priests taking a step down in the water, so that they
could pass through. You see, the first step to obedience is the
step down into the water. See, if they didn’t step into the
water, then they wouldn’t have been able to pass through.
The water would not have subsided for them. But it was an
act of faith.
See, if you’re going to be obedient of God, to God, it’s going
to require you to get into faith. You see, because sometimes
when you are troubled and you are burdened, just because
you’re quoting the Word, sometimes in your mind you’re
saying, “You know, I wonder if this is really going to work.”
Yes, it’s going to work. That’s your first step to the act of
obedience. What does the Word of God say about it?
If you need folks in your house saved, the Word of God said
if I get saved, He’ll save my whole household. He said, “Put
Me in remembrance of My Word.” Lord, You said if I get
saved You’ll save my husband. You’ll save my wife, my
daughter, my son, my...” Oh, you don’t want to talk to me
Put Him in remembrance. “Lord, You said this. This is what
You said. If I’m obedient in my giving, You said You’d open
up the windows of heaven. You said it, God. So why am I
lacking? Why do I not have enough, when I pay my tithes?
And I look around me and other people are just getting
You got to say, “Lord, this is what You said. And because of
my obedience the devourer is already rebuked. The canker
worm and the palmer worm and the locust can’t touch what I
got. I’m already blessed because I was obedient.”
You’ve got to know that when you are obedient to God,
blessings are going to flow. Don’t let the devil trick you any
longer. Don’t let him trick you any more.
See, sometimes we get in the groove with the principles of the
Word of God. We get in that groove. I’m in the groove now.
I’m in the flow. And then all of a sudden something happens
and I get out the flow. But then that messed up the flow.
Now I got to get back in the flow. And the blessing was just
about in my hands. And now I done messed it up.
Okay, Lord. I done messed it up. But I’m going to get back
in the flow. Get back in the flow. Don’t let it take you a
whole month and two months and three months to get back in
the flow. Get right back in the flow of obedience to the Word
It’s a simple message, but it’s a principle that we must learn
You know, a lot of people don’t have friends. You know
why? Because they don’t show themselves friendly. Don’t
kick and holler and scream and cry and say, “Lord, I don’t
have no friends,” when you’re going through and you need
somebody. “Lord, I ain’t got nobody.” Why? Because
you’re not friendly. Hello, somebody.
You got to go out there and show yourself friendly if you
want somebody to be friendly to you. Don’t just think that
people are just supposed to cater to you. Don’t think that.
Because it doesn’t work like that. Don’t think that they
automatically just supposed to greet you and say hello to you
because of who you are.
You greet them and say hello to them. And you be friendly to
them. And when you are friendly, what you sow, that’s what
you are going to reap.
The Lord led me to go there for a reason. I’m not sure why.
But a lot of times many of us get to go through, and we can’t
find nobody to go through with us. Check out how friendly
you really are.
You got to be friendly to the point of where it hurts. Don’t be
afraid of being hurt. If you going to be in this body, you
going to be hurt. You’re going to be in the body of Christ.
You will be hurt. But don’t be afraid of it.
Saints of God, God is calling us another level of obedience.
God is calling for more out of us. He’s calling for more than
just coming and getting the Word.
You know, there are people that sit in churches that don’t
even, you know, know half the things that non-denominational, charismatic type churches know. And they
win more souls to Christ than we do. Oh, you don’t want to
talk to me.
We get so fat on the Word of God that every time a man and a
woman of God comes before us, if it ain’t deep, if it ain’t
deep... I need to say it again. If it ain’t deep, if it ain’t mind
boggling, then God must not be saying nothing.
But He’s calling us to do the first work first. Have you been
obedient to Him lately? Has He been waking you up early,
but you been laying there? Has He been calling you on a fast,
but you eating everything in sight?
What is He calling you to in obedience? Has He called you to
another level in your love walk, but you being more hateful
than you ever been? Oh, I felt the Holy Ghost hit me.
(Tongues.) Where is He working on you in your obedience.
Think about it. Think about it. Is He calling you to lay down
your life for somebody, but you haven’t laid it down yet?
Think about it. Think about it.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Look at your neighbor. I want you to say, “Neighbor, I am
committing myself to another level of obedience to the Lord.
I will obey... my boss on my job. I will obey my pastors in Jesus’
Name. I will do it in the spirit of love and meekness and
kindness. And it will be genuine in Jesus’ Name.”
Give God a handclap of praise tonight.