John14:21 Obedience Equals Love

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21

Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.

Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.

Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.

Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.

When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.

The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.

The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.

As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.

Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.

Do you really love God or is your words just words?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.

John 5:11 Whose Command Do You Obey?

But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” John 5:11

Rules and regulations can be found every there are two or more people anywhere in the world. They are put into place to govern what a person can and cannot do.

Often there are two different rules, by two different people, that contradict each other. One has to choose which he will obey. Usually the obedience goes to the one with the higher authority, unless there is rebellion, in which case a court may decide who was right.

On a Sabbath day Jesus had healed a lame and told him to take up his mat and walk, and he did. This went against the Jewish laws and the leaders were upset with him.

God has laid down some laws for man to obey. The world has also laid down laws that they want people to obey. It is very common that some of these laws are in conflict with each other.

Currently in America some are laying down laws that believers cannot gather in person in church or groups of more than a few people. This is something that has been done for years in many other countries already and goes against God’s command to gather together.

Every believer must choose if they are going to obey the laws of man or the laws of God when they are in conflict with each other. Regardless of which they choose, there will be difficult consequences.

Obeying man’s law over God’s will result in God being upset. Obeying God’s law over man’s will result in man being upset. The choice will result in eternal consequences. One brings eternal life, the other death.

As a believer, you have chosen to allow God to be your head ruler. God, in His infinite and perfect love, knows what is best for you. As you listen to His voice, He will tell you what must be done.

There will be times that it will go against the laws of man. During those times you must choose whom you will obey…God or man. God has the higher authority, since He has created everything and owns it all, including you.

Rather than bending to the desires of the world to live in sin, obey God’s commands and know true life. Do not be afraid to stand up for God and His laws against the ways of the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice; that you will know God’s commands; that you will trust God’s commands; and that God will give you strength to do what He asks of you.

Malachi 4:4 Remember The Commands

Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. Malachi 4:4

Laws are always put in place for a reason. Every law has one of two purposes in its being enacted. One is to prevent someone from doing something, the other is to get someone to do something.

Most people accept the laws that have been given them and do not fight against them. In every group there are some who fight or ignore the laws, doing what they want. There are consequences to obeying and not obeying the laws that were given.

As God finishes the Old Testament, He reminds the people to remember the laws Moses had given.

At the point God had made this statement, He was going to become silent for about 400 years, until Jesus arrives on the scene. He wanted the people to remember the Law. This law was to guide them in how He wanted them to live their lives.

People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know how God wa

People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know what God expects of Him. God never left His people without some guidance.

However, for that guidance to be of any value, one must remember what it is and then apply it to his life. Every believer needs to live by God’s standards of living. Ignoring His laws will bring about death, following them will bring about an abundant life.

If you do not know the laws of God, you must take time to read the Bible to become familiar with them. As you do this, do not allow yourself how God has told you to live your life.

Obeying the laws of God will not save you, only believing in Jesus can do that. The obedience is accepting what Jesus has done and then living for God in gratefulness for what He did.

Do not allow yourself to forget or put aside God’s guidance and laws on how to live. It will only bring about death. Remember and live.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s commands; that you will obey God’s law for you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.

Zechariah 6:15 How To Make It Happen

Workers on scaffolding

Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord Your God. Zechariah 6:15 

Building something large, like a house or an office building, requires many different people to make it happen. There is a need for the carpenter, the cement layer, the roofer, the A/C person, the painter, the plumber, the electrician, and more to make it happen. One cannot completely build a building on his own.

Normally to get all the help needed, all one has to do is have the money to pay for the help.

Zechariah tells Joshua, the priest, that he needs to rebuild the temple. He is also told that many will come to help him build it, but in order for that to happen, he must diligently obey God.

Many believers try to do great ministries on their own. They hear God’s call to build a ministry and so try to do it, without help.

This can work, but only to a point, or certain level, then it peaks out. Help is needed to grow it more. God has more than enough helpers to build ever ministry He starts. However, it must be done in His way and in His timing.

In other words, the believer must diligently obey God. That is to very carefully and with a full heart, work at doing what God commands or guides him to do. It is God’s ministry, not the believer’s.

God may not have every one build a ‘titled’ ministry, but every believer is to be a witness and make disciples, which are ministries in themselves. These are best done under God’s direction and leading. In time God will bring the needed support to keep moving forward.

God has a plan for your life. You may already know what that plan is. The question is are you listening to God’s directions on how to make it happen.

As you are willing to listen to and obey God in every area of your life, God will give you the needed strength, help and favor to accomplish His goals for your life. Only God knows how large a ministry He has for you, but you cannot know that unless you diligently obey Him and do what He guides you to do.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will obey God’s every command; that you will know God’s favor; and that you will build God’s kingdom in His way. 

Zechariah 1:3 Return To God

Stream in a forest

There tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 1:3 

People like it when a loved one returns from being gone for an extended period of time. They do not like to be separated for any reason. It is because of their love that there is a desire that the one will return.

The separation hurts worse when the reason for separation is by choice made out of selfishness or anger. It is being separate on purpose to go a different direction, rather than by forces out of either person’s control.

God was upset with the people of Israel and was calling them back to return to Him. They had chosen to walk away from Him and follow false gods. God was willing to return back to them when they were willing to return to Him.

There have been many believers who have turned their backs upon God and walked away. Others have not fully turned their backs on God, but refuse to live for Him. They have chosen to live in sinful ways and following the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in God.

This can be seen in the lives of individuals as well as in the lives of churches. Many of both have chosen to walk away from God and follow the world’s ways of acting and thinking.

As people choose to live in sin, God must step back from them. He still loves them, but can no longer be with them, because they have walked away. God longs for those to return to Him, turning away from sin. God is quick to forgive and extend mercy and grace when one is willing to reach out to Him.

God desires that your walk will always be with Him. He loves you with an undying, perfect love and only wants what is best for you.

You may have become like the Israelites and allowed the things and ways of this world to get between you and God. If this is the case, God will be waiting for you to return to Him.

Allow God to lead your life in every area and see how great life can be. Jesus came to give you abundant life, not just a list of things to do and not do. God is waiting for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life completely for God; that you will return to God if you have walked away; and that you will know the life God has for you.