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Do what God has told you 2



'By faith Noah... built an ark.' Hebrews 11:7 NIV

Noah built the ark because God commanded it. It's what he was called to do in life. Sawing planks and hammering nails for him was an act of obedience. And when everything was said and done, it was the longest act of obedience recorded in Scripture. From start to finish, Noah's one act of obedience took tens of thousands of days! And with each daily act of obedience, he glorified God.

No matter what tool you use in your trade - a hammer, a keyboard, a mop, a football, a spreadsheet, a microphone, an espresso machine - using it is an act of obedience. It's the mechanism whereby you worship God. It's the way you do what you're supposed to do. The Bible says, 'Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him' (Colossians 3:17 NIV). Stop putting yourself down and thinking what you do is not important. Remember the old proverb, 'For want of a nail'? It goes like this: 'For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.'

In God's eyes, small acts of obedience are big things. When you joyfully do little things like they are big things, then God will do big things like they are little things. That's how his Kingdom advances. So the word for you today is: do what God has told you.

Soulfood: Gen 47-49, John 18:25-40, Ps 105:8-22, Ecc 7:1-4

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Do what God has told you 1



'Noah did everything just as God commanded him.' Genesis 6:22 NIV

Noah's ark measured 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width and 30 cubits in height. A cubit is the equivalent of 44.4 cm. That means the ark was the length of one and a half football fields. The internal volume of the ark was 43,000 cubic metres - the equivalent of around 350 buses. If the average animal was the size of a sheep, it had capacity for 125,000 animals. To put that into perspective, there are 875 animals from 138 different species at Auckland Zoo. That means you could fit nearly 143 Auckland Zoos on board Noah's ark.

And since it was the first boat ever built, it's not like it came with an instruction manual. It was back-breaking work that required blood, sweat and tears. And it took an incredible amount of faith to build the ark. Who builds a boat in the desert? Who hammers away for over 100 years on something they might not even need? Who banks their entire future on something that has never happened before? According to Jewish tradition, Noah didn't just start building the ark. He planted trees first. After they were fully grown, he cut down the trees, sawed them into planks and built the boat. And here's an interesting piece of information: not until the late nineteenth century did a ship that size get constructed again. Yet that design ratio is still considered the golden mean for stability during storms at sea.

Noah's act of obedience literally changed the world - and obedience will change your world too. So do what God has told you to do.

Soulfood: Gen 44-46, John 18:1-24, Ps 105:1-7, Ecc 5:13-16

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Don't 'go it alone'



'"It is... by my Spirit," says the Lord.' Zechariah 4:6 NLT

Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple. It was a huge undertaking, so God told him, '"It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit," says the Lord... "Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel's way"' (Zechariah 4:6-7 NLT).

When God calls you, you need to know: (1) You may have to walk alone. When God uses you, people often assume you're strong and don't need anything. They don't realise you're just a regular person who's half scared to death at times, and who's more amazed by your success than they are. And when nobody stands with you or ministers to you, you become vulnerable to discouragement. (2) You need God's help or you're in trouble. Samson discovered this: 'He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him' (Judges 16:20-21 NIV). God stepped back and let Samson see that it was the Lord doing it, and not himself. So you must live with a sense of dependence on God.

(3) It's God's power, not yours, that makes the difference. If you're waiting for God to give you exceptional equipment before you decide to get into the fight, you're not going to experience victory. God's 'strength is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV). The way you know you're truly anointed is when God takes substandard equipment and performs supernatural feats. And that only happens when you say, 'Lord, I don't see how You could do this through me, but I'm trusting You to.' That's when he gets involved!

Soulfood: 1 Kings 17:17-24, Mark 5:21-43, John 11:1-45

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