The Blessings of Obedience…

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"It Shall Come To Pass--If you..." (Deuteronomy 28:1).

Whenever God speaks, we can rest assured that he will stand by his word to bring it to pass. God Is not a man, therefore He cannot lie. (Numbers 23:19).

However, the fulfillment of His promise is connected to our individual response to his words-- He said, “If you…”

"If you--harken diligently unto the Voice of the Lord thy God--to observe and do all his commandments…Then the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth."

          All these blessings shall come upon thee and overtake thee.

  •  Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
  •  Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
  • Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
  • Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 

THE LORD WILL:

  1.  ThLord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
  2.  The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  3. The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 

Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.

4. The Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord b]swore to your fathers to give you.

5. The Lord will open to you His good c]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

6.  The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you d]heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

(Deuteronomy 28:1-14). (John 15:1-7).

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“My Sheep Hear My Voice… and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

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               OBEDIENCE

For centuries, the “Church” has taught repentance as the focus of the Christian experience. To daily confess all sins.

 (a) Sins of commission--by thoughts, words, deeds, or actions.

 (b) Sins of omission--neglecting to do what God said.

But, from the beginning with Adam and Eve, God has always been much more concerned about our obedience--to his word.

 God is not a man--he cannot Lie… (Numbers, 23:19).

Therefore, whenever he speaks, obedience is the only expected response.

Whenever God said, “Let there be …” it came to pass. Everything obeyed--the light, the darkness, the wind, the waves, the waters, the firmament, the mountains, the earth, the sun, the moon, and then--God created the first man—Adam.

 And God said, “Let us make man”--In the image of God, created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26,27).

His instructions were simple:

“And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16,17).

(Disobey—you die. Obey--you live forever).

But, “…the serpent said unto the woman; Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis2:4).

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food…, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave unto her husband with her and he did eat. (Genesis, 3:6).

The penalty for disobedience was clear--"The day that thou eatest thereof, thou shall surely die.”

(The choices we make determine the outcome we get.)

 What’s your choice today? Obey and live or disobey and die.

Adam and Eve choose to disobey. Therefore, they hid from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden.

This has been a consistent pattern in man's history –whenever we sin, we cover up, we hide, we lie, and some even dare to deny.

When confronted--we pass the blame--Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent.

 By one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners—so also, by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous.” (Romans, 5:19).

Today is the day of your salvation; accept Jesus now!

(PRAY: Father I confess that I am a sinner in need of your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I repent of all my sins and I now accept Jesus, as my Lord and Savior, Amen). 

 

Ps: We obey not by command, but by love.

Jesus said, "if you love me keep my commandments."(John 14:15).

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12).