Special episode by guest host Monica Perez Burnett from Faith Led Business. In this episode, Monica shares a powerful personal testimony of gifts she received when walking in obedience.
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Hello, my name is Monica Perez Burnett, and I am the founder of Faith Led Business and the Faith Led Business Podcast. Today, we are going to be taking a “Posture of Peace” by taking a look at the gift of obedience.
[Lindsay] Hey, we have a guest host today. I am so excited to introduce you to my fellow kingdom messenger, Monica Perez Burnett. Together, we’re gonna be emboldened to take a daily Posture of perfect peace.
Let’s go ahead and begin with scripture, shall we? Deuteronomy 5:33 says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord, your God, has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your day in the land that you possess.” I love this scripture because it reminds me that God is always for me and not against me. It’s not a punishment to have to obey His commands, it’s not a punishment to have to sacrifice and let go of certain things. They are actually the pathway, the opening to opportunities that we, by ourselves, could never achieve, we could never accomplish, we could never even fathom or hope for because they only come through the process of obedience. I looked at the word obedience in Hebrew, and it means “submission to what is heard as a response to someone speaking”.
Let me tell you my experience around hearing someone speaking. It was December of 2019, and I was looking for my word of the year. I couldn’t decide, but I was actually here in my bedroom, and I heard the word speak. I didn’t know what that meant in the moment, but after some prayer, I heard, “Monica, you are going to go live and do a daily devotional podcast every single day of 2020, bringing together faith and business.” And because I have eight children and two sets of twins, I am a very busy person, along with the businesses that I run. And I said, “Lord, are you sure? Are you sure that’s what you want me to do? You know the amount of time that I have.” And I didn’t get a response. It was basically, “Are you going to do it or not?” So I said, “Yes, I will give it a try. That was my response, “I will try.” I didn’t say, “Yes, I’m going to do it” because I knew how many different things could go wrong in a year for me to miss at least one of those episodes. Well, long story short, you would never believe it. I couldn’t believe it. But He gave me the grace, through my obedience, to go live 365 days, and we are now on 393. It is amazing the lessons that I learned, the gifts that I received by going through the process of obedience, and I wanna share those with you today.
The first gift that I received through this experience was understanding that I didn’t need to have it all figured out before pressing the go button, before moving forward and proceeding. See, what I learned was that my assignment already had victory written all over it. My only job was to step into those shoes, being willing to go into the field and work. So if you have something that God has been telling you to do, maybe you’re confused about what your next step is, I would encourage you, before moving actually forward with the next step, go back and be obedient with the last thing that he told you to do, because that is going to give you the opportunity to not jump ahead of yourself, to let God work in his perfect timing, to mold you, to teach you what he wanted to teach you the last time he called you to do something. He always wants to grow us. He always wants to empower us to be him in the world. And the only way that we can do that is by modeling him by understanding the beautiful ways that he works within us when we are willing to let him work through us.
The second gift I received was coming to understand my value and identity in Him and not being willing to please others over pleasing him. There were many occasions where, in fact, in order to get this done, I would just roll out of bed, no makeup, my hair all over the place, and in fact, in my PJs, and I would still go live and show up and speak. And understanding and being willing to do that showed me that me being willing to be authentic, to not wear the labels and the mass that I had used in order to gain approval of people instead of God, the people who were listening were actually so touched because they said, “I get it, I wake up like that. I’m like that.” I don’t have to be perfect to be used. I don’t have to be perfect to be understood. And in fact, it created a touch point with my audience, with the people that God called me to serve in such a beautiful way where honesty and leading with integrity, by being willing to be obedient became more important than what it looked like, what I thought it should look like or what other people thought it should look like.
The final gift that I want to share with you around being obedient is that God will give you the strength to get through whatever he has assigned you to do. To me, it was so fascinating to watch 365 days where many days, I would wake up even sick or just with a headache or tired. And the moment that I stepped up and did what He called me to do, all of the sudden, I would receive this amazing boost of energy, this determination and commitment to fulfill my assignment. And so it was just a revelation to me to know, even when my emotion said, “Monica, you don’t wanna do this.” Even when my body said, “You are depleted, you are in a moment of lack,” God would always show up with overflow. He gave me the opportunity to work in overflow.
So I want to tell you, once again, if He has called you to be obedient in any area of your life, in your work, in your business, in your home with yourself, he will give you the strength to pursue that, he will give you the strength to complete that, and he will give you the ability to acknowledge, praise him, and worship him every step of the way, because you know, it is a testimony to you and to the people who see you being obedient, that you could not do this on your own by your own strength, it comes straight from him. And that is one of the biggest guess, one of the biggest revelations that we don’t have to do it on our own, we have a Father who loves it enough to call us into the gift of obedience.