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.

Leviticus 20:22 Don’t Get Spit Out

Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. Leviticus 20:22

Every nation and city around the world has some rules and regulations that are expected to be followed. If one does not follow them, there are consequences anywhere from a small fine to prison time. The consequences are spitting a person out from being able to fully enjoy the freedoms he once had.

Most people are willing to obey the majority of those laws, but there are always some that reject some or all of the laws.

God told the Israelites to keep all of His laws so that they would not be kicked out of the land He was giving them to live in.

Although most people today are not in a ‘promised’ land such as the Israelites were in, many are in a promised place set by God as they follow Him. God’s favor rests upon those who obey His commands that set them apart from the rest of the world. Provision and blessings are seen in ways that the world cannot understand.

However, when a believer chooses to disobey and go against God’s commands and sin, God will often remove His hand of favor upon his life. The ‘land’ that he is in will spit him out. Things will not work in his favor and struggles will abound with no peace or comfort at hand.

No believer can follow God’s commands one hundred percent of the time, but he can strive to and be willing to repent immediately upon sinning. It is with this heart to follow God’s commands that God steps in with His grace and mercy of forgiveness and gives the believer His hand of favor so that he will not be kicked out of the land promised.

Sit back and think about how much God has blessed you since you first chose to follow and obey Jesus. These blessings are the land God has promised you and blessed you with.

Do not allow yourself to disobey God’s commands and run after the sinful ways of this world. Do not give God a reason to have the land of favor spit you out because you choose to not obey His commands.

Set yourself apart from the world and be holy, obeying all the commands of God. Know the favor of obeying God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s commands for you; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that you will live a holy and separate life unto God; and that you will know God’s hand of favor upon your life.