Psalm 128:1 Blessed In Fear And Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.

Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.

This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.

Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.

When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.

When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.

The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.

Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.

Ezra 7:10 Devoted To God’s Word

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10

The new king of Persia, Artaxerxes, had provided Ezra with everything needed to build the temple and offer the required sacrifices. He also made a law that everyone had to worship God correctly. All these things were done because Ezra was dedicated to knowing, following and teaching God’s Word correctly.

Devotion is what makes the difference between someone being good at something or being great at it. There are many men that love to play football or golf, but only part-time. They like to play them once in a while on the weekends, but not every day, all day.

They can play the game, but not very well. Those who become professional at it or good enough to win small local tournaments, are devoted to the game. They practice daily, constantly learning how to improve their play.

The majority of believers in the church only open their Bible on Sunday morning as the pastor speaks. Then there are a few who read a few Bible verses each day. Even less, are those who are devoted to God’s Word. Those few study God’s Word daily, apply it to their lives, and tell others what it says.

Being devoted to God’s Word, means that you take time to study it fully to understand it. You then work to apply what you have learned from God’s Word to your own life. Once you have done these things, then you must tell others what you have learned.

Stopping short in any of these areas, keeps you from being devoted to God’s Word.

When you are not devoted to God’s Word, you will miss out on what God has for you. You will also cause others to miss what God has for them. Ultimately you will slow down or stop building God’s kingdom on this earth, which is the whole purpose of when Jesus came to this earth.

Take a look at your life. Are you devoted to God’s Word?

Or are you just a part-time partaker of God’s Word?

Do not make God’s Word just a temporary part of your life.

I pray today that God will give you a love for His Word; that God will open your eyes to His Word; that you will obey God’s Word; and that you will share God’s Word with others.

1 Samuel 15:23 Rejection Is Rebellion

“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

King Saul had chosen to not completely destroy the enemy after being told to do so. He had rejected God’s word to him. Samuel told him that it is better to obey God than to offer sacrifices. What King Saul did was seen as rebellion and arrogance, both of which are sinful like idolatry. Since Saul had rejected God’s word to him, God had rejected him.

Very few people would consider themselves as a rebellious person. To most people, the rebellious person is the one who goes against all rules and norms and fights everyone.

It is most common to look at teenagers as the rebellious person. Later it is the people who fights the system, or dresses extremely wild ways, or dies their hair strange colors, or covers their bodies in tattoos.

Many believers in Jesus, however, can be seen as rebellious. Yes they claim to believe in Jesus and go to church and read the Bible all the time, but they reject doing what God has told them to do.

Going to church and reading the Bible are only surface or outward things in your life. It really comes down to the heart and your actions. Once you hear a sermon at church or read a passage in the Bible, you must then put into action what you have heard or read.

God speaks through the minister or His Word–the Bible to you. He gives instructions in how to live life and what to do or not to do.

Are you being rebellious and not doing what God has told you to do? It is the same as going to false gods for guidance and help.

Are you being arrogant in thinking that you do not have to do what God has told you to do? It is the same as worshipping an idol. That idol is you.

Do not be rebellious against God’s word today. Take His word to heart and obey all of His commands. When you accept and obey God’s Word, He accepts you. God will never let  you down or harm you. He is only looking out for your best. Do you trust Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands to you; that you will not reject His commands; that you will not be rebellious against God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

1 Samuel 13:13 Foolish Actions

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.” 1 Samuel 13:13

The Philistines were getting ready to fight the Israelites. They were beginning to surround the Israelites, bringing fear into their hearts. Saul called on Samuel to do a sacrifice to get God’s favor in defeating the Philistines. He was told Samuel would come in seven days. When the seventh day came and Samuel was not there, Saul chose to offer the sacrifice himself.

As Saul finished the sacrifice, Samuel came up. Samuel was angry because Saul had not kept God’s command. He called it a foolish thing. Saul was told that because of this his kingdom would not last and it would be given to another person who obeyed God.

God’s timing and ways are above any person’s timing or ways. Most people get impatient with God’s timing to get something done. After waiting a time, people usually end up trying to do it themselves, instead of waiting for God. Doing this is a foolish action that will cause problems. It is actually disobeying God’s commands.

In your life, God may be calling you to do something at a specific time or in a specific way, or to wait on Him for it to be done. You must be willing to do it in that prescribed time and way. Looking at life, it may seem that God will be late and that all will fail if you do not do something, but you must be willing to follow God’s directions. To do anything less, is to sin against God.

God wants you to have a heart after His. One that will obey no matter what the circumstance or timing. When you do obey Him fully, He can establish you at greater levels than if you do things on your own.

What are your actions telling God about you?

Are they wise actions, following God?

Or are they foolish actions, doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know what God wants from you; that you will fully obey God in every area of your life; that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will trust God’s faithfulness; and that you will not do anything foolish.

1 Peter 1:14 Don’t Go Back

“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:14

After telling the people to hold on to their faith and be patient in waiting for the return of Jesus, Peter tells them how to live right now. They are to be obedient children and not living in sin.

Sinful ways can be fun. If it was not fun, the world would not be doing so much of it. Every person is born into sin. They grow up doing and loving sinful ways.

What sins and how much they sin is different for each person. Some telling lies, stealing candy, and being jealous is some of the worst things they do. Others go to levels of murder and other types of extreme violence. Either way it is sin and each person likes what they are doing.

Once we become believers, Peter says we are to be obedient children and not go back to those old sinful ways.

Sadly, many believers go back into some old sinful habits. At times some will think that those sins are really not that bad and are acceptable. They are being deceived by the world’s ways of thinking.

Others remember the fun they had and go back into those sinful ways. They might just do it a little bit, thinking it is acceptable to do occasionally but not all the time. Either way of thinking, it is still sin.

Peter says to not conform to the evil desire we once had. We are to flee all sin. Obedient children are children who obey their parents and those in authority.

As believers we are children of God. Are we being obedient to our Father?

What are we allowing ourselves to think or do when we are alone or not around our pastor? Do we step backwards and play with some sin? Or do we flee from sin?

Are we being obedient children as Jesus was an obedient child and man?

Don’t go back to your old ways of sin. Keep your eyes on Jesus and the hope you have in Him.

I pray today that we will turn from all sin in our lives; that we will not conform to sinful ways; that God will strengthen us to flee all sin; that God will guide us to live according to His ways; and that God will use us to be His light in this world.

Ephesians 6:5 For The Slave (Worker)

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” Ephesians 6:5

In America, slavery has been done away with, but around the world there are still places that allow it. Slavery is nearly always looked at as cruel and unjust treatment of a person. Although this was very commonly the case, there were people in America who treated their slaves with great care and love. In the Bible, Joseph was a slave to the Egyptians. He was treated with great respect and love, and this was by a group who did not believe in God.

Today, a common type of “slavery” is in the workplace. People are enslaved to their work. Many people do not really like their work, but must do it in order to provide for their families or needs. In this case the boss is the master and the worker is the slave.

Paul is stating that the slave must obey the master just as if the master was Jesus.

One of the ways described is with sincerity of heart. Many people obey, just to not get in trouble, or just when the master is around. This is not in sincerity. Sincerity is doing the right thing all the time. It is not doing things just to stay out of trouble, but because it is the right thing to do.

How a person works for a master here on this earth, is a good indication of how they serve their master in heaven–God.

If you cannot honestly serve your boss that you can see, how will you serve God who you cannot see?

Whether or not your boss is a Christian has nothing to do with you serving him as though serving Jesus. As long as the boss does not ask you to do something against God, you must do it as though Jesus told you to do it. Do not cut corners or cheat your boss.

Be the good slave to the ones in authority over you here on this earth. This will make you a good slave to Jesus. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will help you serve those over you; that you will obey your boss as though obeying Jesus; that you will have sincerity in your obedience; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your actions.

Immediate Obedience

Book: Immediate Obedience
Author: Rod Loy
Date: 2014
Publisher: Influence Resources

The author of this book looks at what it means to obey God. Throughout scripture people are told over and over to obey God. Jesus said that if you love Him, you would obey Him. Rod had looked at these scriptures and more and realized that he was supposed to obey God and do it immediately.

Often people tend to hear God tell them to do something, but they don’t do it. They act like they did not hear it, or argue with God about doing it. They cave into outside pressure to not do what God called them to do.

Looking at the life of Jesus, He did what the Father wanted Him to do every time and He did it immediately. Throughout scriptures men and women had obeyed God and saw God worked mighty great works through them. It was because they trusted God and obeyed Him immediately.

Rod will challenge you to learn to listen to God and obey Him immediately with this book. See what God can do in and through you if you obey Him every time immediately. At the end of each chapter he has some questions that will challenge you to look at your life in consideration of what was in the chapter. At the end of the book he lays out a 90 day challenge to listen to God and obey Him.

The book is easy to read and understand. It has a total of 274, including the 90 day challenge.

I highly recommend every believer to read this book. As you read it pray about it and see what God wants to do with you. Learn to obey God immediately.