Rick Renner

Failure is not to be feared, disobedience is. God gives power to the faint and He will dutifully lift up the feeble and the falling. People who have failed line Faith’s Hall of Fame and swell the ranks of world changers who refused to quit because failure loomed in their lives. If you won’t fear or quake at the thought of failure, you will persevere to make your mark. Failure is not to be feared.

Disobedience, however, is deadly. Those who willfully choose disobedience in order to play it safe or to pursue their own plan occupy the precarious position of standing in opposition against God Himself. Disobedience is no light matter. To hear God’s voice and acknowledge His instruction, then to choose to do otherwise will surely block His blessings and aggressively hinder His hand from offering protection and provision.

The Prophet Samuel told Saul, “Do you think all God wants are sacrifices — empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him!  Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production.   Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around God is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God's command, he says No to your kingship.” (1 Samuel 15:22, The Message).

Man may confer titles, but it is God who anoints and equips for grace-endowed leadership. Disobedience will not only disqualify a servant of the Lord, it can also cause irretrievable forfeits.  No matter how difficult a course of obedience may seem, NOTHING is more costly and difficult to endure than the consequences of disobedience. Don’t fear failure, tremble at the thought of disobedience, then press on to obey the will of God. You will never regret it.