Nehemiah 10:29 Entering An Agreement To Obey

these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes: Nehemiah 10:29

Contracts are written up, agreed to and signed every day in every nation around the world. In the contracts are parts saying what will occur if everything is followed and what will occur if certain things are not followed by both parties. This occurs on individual, corporate and national levels.

All the people of Israel joined together to enter a curse and an oath to obey God’s Law and all His commandments.

Agreements with consequences for obedience and disobedience is common among people everywhere. They are made to hold people responsible to reward those who do right and to punish those who do not do the right thing.

Although believers are no longer under the Old Testament Law of Moses, they are still under the commands of God. Under the Law of Moses, it was do or die. Under the grace of Jesus, if one obeys God’s commands, there are blessings, if one chooses to not obey, His hand of blessing is removed. Jesus paid the penalty for sin, not obeying God’s commands.

Everyday God still gives commands to those who have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. These may be simple commands of just stopping to pray for someone, to detailed and complex ones of going overseas to do missions work. They may also be just stopping doing some activity or to start doing some activity.

All are commands of God and need to be obeyed just as much as the Israelites had to obey the Law of Moses.

God is willing to speak into your life what He wants you to do or not do. The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you entered an agreement to obey His commands, no matter how little or big they are.

Make the choice to hear what God is telling you to do and then obey it without hesitation or delay. God knows what is best for your life. He has a plan for your life, but you must be willing to walk in it in full obedience, not turning to the left or the right.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God has given you; that you will obey every command of God; that you will see the blessings of obeying God; and that you will see God’s favor in obedience.

2 Kings 5:12 Being Unwilling And Missing Out

“Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 2 Kings 5:12

Getting directions from someone else does not always make sense to a person. Since the directions do not always make sense, many people choose to not follow them and do their own thing. Pride gets in the way and causes them to go their own way. In the process of going their own way, many will often miss out on the goal that they were seeking.

Naaman had leprosy and had gone to Elisha to be healed. Elisha told him to dip in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman was angry and did not want to dip into a dirty river and stormed off in a rage.

People are very quick to put God in a box and expect Him to work a very specific way. If God does not work in the expected way, they get angry.

This is commonly seen when it comes to healing. Many want to see God heal a very specific, miraculous way or they feel God did not listen to their need and meet it.

God’s ways are so far above the ways of man, that often they can appear as ludicrous. Sometimes in order for God to provide what one desires, God has him do something that is out of the ordinary and does not make sense.

Many believers often miss out on blessings when they choose to not follow God’s commands completely out of pride or just not believing and trusting. They go away angry and miss what God has for them.

Believers need to do everything God says to do, regardless of how little sense it may make.

There may be something in your life that you are seeking God to take care of. God may be asking you to step out in faith and do something that sounds ridiculous and makes no sense to get the situation taken care of.

Do not let your not understanding or pride get in the way of God meeting your need. If you don’t step out in faith, you may never know what God was going to do. Trust that God knows what He is asking of you and that He will do what He has promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is asking you to do; that you will step out in faith and obey God’s commands to you; that you will allow God to remove any pride in your life; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and miracles in your life.

1 Kings 2:3 How To Truly Prosper

and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may proper in all you do and wherever you go. 1 Kings 2:3

All over the entire world people are looking to be prosperous. They desire to have great wealth and be successful in life and seek the secret to getting it. Thousands of books and online articles can be found on how to be prosperous, yet, most people are missing out on true prosperity and life.

David told Solomon, as he was to become king, how to prosper. He must observe what God requires, walk in obedience to Him and keep all of His commands.

It is very easy for a person to get caught up in the world’s view of what being prosperous means. The majority of people seek be prosperous in the ways of the world, rather than seeking God’s way of prosperity.

It was God who sent Jesus to die on the cross to provide forgiveness of sins and true life that will extend into eternity. Since God has provided this life, one must be willing to trust His way of living to be prosperous in the best way possible.

The number one goal of every believer then should be to completely obey God in everything He says to say, think and do. Obedience, out of love, is all that God requires. He wants every believer to succeed in what is most important–true life.

God will never have a person do something that is harmful in the long run of eternity, but what will build the person and fulfill his mission upon this earth. True peace, fulfillment, love, contentment, purpose and joy can only be found in obeying God.

That is true success. Jesus purchased your salvation so that you may live for Him. God gave you His Holy Spirit to lead you and give you strength to obey His commands.

Do not ignore what God has commanded you to do throughout all of scripture. Obey God in everything He commands and see how you will prosper in true and eternal life, not in the temporary things of this world that will fade away with time.

Are you walking in obedience to all God has called you to do and be?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has commanded you to do; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will know the promises of God; and that you will see how God prospers your life.

1 Samuel 15:23 Will You Reject God’s Word?

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king. 1 Samuel 15:23

Throughout history people have rebelled at times against someone or something that they did not like. Often times it was a manner of attempt to change the situation to their own way of thinking.

Pride of self rises up making people think that their own way is the best way, causing them to reject the commands or rules of those in leadership.

Samuel tells Saul that rebellion is like divination and arrogance is like idolatry. Saul had rejected God’s word, so God was rejecting him as king.

The world is very quick to show rebellion and arrogance, but believers will very seldom admit to showing rebellion and arrogance in their own lives. Most believers recognize that rebellion and arrogance are things that one should not have in their lives. Yet, many believers have both.

Many believers are very quick to reject obeying God’s word in their lives. They will often choose to do things their own way, rather than the way God has commanded in His Word. This is done out of fear of what may happen or out of pride.

God expects immediate and full obedience to His commands that He gives. His commands are not suggestions that may or may not be followed.

Rebelling against God’s word is the same as seeking guidance from a false god. Arrogance and pride are putting one’s self on the throne as God. He will reject anyone who is rebelling against Him and is filled with arrogance. Both go against the basic principle that God is God and is in absolute control of all.

God is the highest authority, not the believer or individual person, and is to be obeyed.

There are commands that God has given you to obey. Some are in the bible, others are what has been told to you specifically. Do not allow yourself to be like the world and filled with rebellion and arrogance. Do not give God a reason to have to reject you.

Obey God’s word and allow Him to be on the throne of your life, the greatest authority. He has a plan to build you up and make you prosper if you will not seek divination elsewhere or worship some idol.

Will God have to reject you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not rebel against the commands of God; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will not follow the ways of idolizing others or self as the world does; and that God will not have to reject you for any reason.