Deuteronomy 28:2 The Benefit Of Obedience

You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Deuteronomy 28:2

Most people are always searching for something extra, some blessing or favor above the normal. Some will go to extreme lengths to find coupons to get a little discount on some item they want to purchase at the store. They are willing to pay the price to get that blessing of paying just a little bit less and saving some money.

When people do not get the blessings, many are upset and frustrated. Often they will then blame others for their perceived loss.

Moses told the Israelites that they will experience many blessings if they obey God and then gives a list of those blessings which cover nearly every area of life.

It is common for people to feel that they are entitled to all the blessings from God because they repented and chose to believe in Jesus. Since God is a God of love, it is expected that He will automatically pour out blessings on everyone who follows Him.

Believing in Jesus is the first step to following God, but a believer must then also obey God. Many seek all of the blessings without obeying God, forgetting that God is in control and knows what is best for their lives. He is willing to guide and direct a person, but it does no good if the person is unwilling to obey.

Just as salvation is contingent upon repentance, blessings are contingent upon obedience. One cannot have one part without the other, they go hand in hand.

Obedience not only keeps a person on the right path, but it also gives God the ability to pour out blessings in every area of his life. Disobedience brings about the judgement of God as it did with Adam and Eve.

God is ready, willing and able to bless you above all that you can imagine or think. However, in order for Him to bless you in this way, you must be willing to obey Him in every area of your life.

Seek to know all the commands of God to you, both from the Bible and in His speaking to you through His Holy Spirit. Do not ignore those commands but be willing to obey each and every one. Then see God open the windows of heaven and pour out His blessings and favor upon you.

Will you obey God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know all of God’s commands to you; that you will joyfully obey everything God commands you to do; and that you will see the blessings of God unfold in your life.

Thank You For A Great Year

I want to say a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone around the world who has chosen to stop by my devotional blog and read it and for many to subscribe to it in the year of 2021!

It was an amazing year for my blog. There were 81,271 views last year, nearly doubling the highest number of views ever on this blog. There were 58,256 visitors to the blog, also nearly doubling the highest ever.

God had led me to start this blog back in 2014. I had no idea if anyone would actually read it or begin to follow it. Over the years since, God has led me to include articles of experiences, various studies on different subjects, book and movie reviews, verse of the day, giving thanks verses, and memory verses.

Although it is great to have such high numbers of viewers and followers, my prayer is that lives are being changed for God. I trust that the many who read these posts are encouraged to draw closer to God, become more like Jesus, read the Bible more, and trust God more. If these things have not occurred, this blog has failed.

However, I believe that God’s word is living and active. As it goes out and is read by people around the world, it is changing lives. Some will move away from God, while others will draw closer to God.

This blog has the ability to get God’s word into nations and places that the world does not want anything to do with Jesus. It can reach people of every nation twenty-four hours a day.

As you read this blog, feel free to share it with others. Get the word of God out to the rest of the world. Let people know what they are missing without reading God’s word.

If something is written that touches your life, please let me know. It is very encouraging to hear what God is doing in the lives of people all around the world. Everyone has a story to tell about their experience with God and His word in their lives. What is your story? Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this devotional blog.

May you hunger for more and more of God’s word in your life. May the God of heaven and earth fill your days with His overwhelming presence and blessings and guide you by His Holy Spirit as you make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life.

1 John 1:3 What Are You Proclaiming?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Each and every person on this planet has a story to tell about something that is different from anyone else. Things seen are different for each person. Things experienced are different for each person.

In telling their stories of experience, other people can learn new things or new perspectives. The best stories that can be told are ones that are true and not some fantasy made up.

John tells the people he is writing to that he, and others with him, are proclaiming what they had heard and seen. He did this so that the people could have fellowship with them, the Father and Jesus.

Just as all the people around the world outside the church have a story to tell, so do the people in the church. Every person who has become a believer has a slightly or greatly different story to tell about his experiences with God.

These stories are not to be told in order to brag about self, but in order to share what God has done or is doing. They are to build others up and encourage them.

God is so big and great that no one person can know absolutely every thing about Him and how He works. He works in many different ways with every person.

As people share what God has done in their lives, it can encourage others to trust Him more. It can open the eyes of others up as to the infinite different ways God can work in their lives. And this builds a fellowship between other believers, God and Jesus that will last for eternity.

You may or may not be one who likes to talk, but every day you have a story to tell. You have experiences with God that no other person has had in the exact same way.

Each and every one of your experiences with God need to be proclaimed, in order to build others up. Share your struggles and victories that you have experienced in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow your fellowship with God and Jesus to be shared with every person who is willing to take a moment to listen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will share what God has done and is doing in your life with others; that your experiences will build others up in the Lord; that you will have fellowship with other believers; and that you will encourage and build others up with your fellowship with God.