[ecko_quote source="Matthew 11:25"]At that time Jesus declared, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children[/ecko_quote]
In our spiritual relationship, we do not grow step by step; we are either there, or we are not. God does not cleanse us any further than what He already has. When we are in the light; we walk in the light. When we walk in the light, we are cleansed from all our sin, and we are promised that He will fellowship with us (1 John 1:9). It's only the matter of time for us. You see in the heavenly realm; there is no such thing as time. Things occur without being bound to the constraint we know as time. With obedience, your relationship is perfected with God. Turn away from that, death and darkness take over instantaneously. Jesus put it this way, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad (Matthew 12:30).
All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them opened up to you by philosophy/thinking or study of theology. When you obey, a flash of light comes through. You can sense that. Let God’s truth work in you by being soaked in it, not by worrying about it. The ruler of Jews, who was well-educated, Teacher of Israel and Pharisees named Nicodemus was much confused and could not figure it out with his background on how to be born again. Jesus explained to him and during the course, He said one of the lifesaving Word – John 3:16, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". My friend when you believe and obey God, He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up for your understanding.
People read volumes on the work of the Holy Spirit in a critical way but do not understand His working in their lives. However, the obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. Further, you may say, “I suppose I shall understand these things someday!” My dear ones, you can understand them now. It's isn't study that one does to understand these things, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience and the heaven opens, and the profound truths of God are yours right away. God will never reveal what you know already. Beware of becoming “wise and prudent”, it will deceive you.
If Prophet Jonah had just obeyed the Lord the first time, gone to Nineveh and preached the gospel, he would not have had to go through such an ordeal of being in the belly of a big fish for three days, nor would he have had to face the humiliation because of what he did. Nevertheless, the important thing is that he was obedient, eventually. My friend obedience is only the way for us as to continue our spiritual journey faithfully. Further, most of the stuff we do not know in the life, therefore, trusting His mighty wisdom and power deems to be the best way.
It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burned upon the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and to make our will subject to His will. God is more glorified, and self more denied, by obedience than by sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22) Did you know obedience is the fruit of faith?