Obedience always brings blessings.
“Our willingness and desire to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus is at the heart of our entire faith walk.”
By Pastor George Lehman
You cannot separate faith from Obedience.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and the he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Jesus was speaking about the strongman when a women sais blessed is the women that cared for you and then she said
Luke 11:21 (NIV) – When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
Luke 11:28 (NIV) – He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.“
Obedience keeps the strongman out.
God’s simple requests often serve as stepping stones to life’s most wonderful blessings.
“I believe Christians often perceive obedient to God as some test designed just to see if we’re really committed to Him. But what if it’s designed as God’s way of giving us what’s best for us?” – Groeschel
We must be obedient because we want to be – Not because someone tells us to or the bible says we must.
Obedience always brings God’s blessings
Luke 5: 1-11 (NIV) – One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets, 3He got into one of the boats, then one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch” 5Simon answered, “Master we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from noon you will fish for people.” 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Jesus wanted to use Simon (Peter’s) boat as a platform to address the multitude. It wasn’t a particularly remarkable request, but Peter’s willingness to comply to Jesus request paved the way for a life changing blessing.
What we lean here is: How important is it for us to learn to obey God in even the smallest matters,
The second opportunity to say Yes or No. Peter must have been tempted to decline, He was a seasoned fisherman, he caught nothing all night
Here a young teacher, a Carpenter not a fisherman asks him to go fishing again.
Notice: Luke 5: 5 (NIV) – 5Simon answered, “Master we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
Obedience leaves the outcome to God. Here’s the point about obedience:
Luke 5:6 (NIV) - 6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
It’s when the Information becomes Revelation and it flows into Application
God always has abundance waiting to manifest in your life. As a result of Peter’s obedience Jesus demonstrated His power and Sovereignty for all to see.
At least 3 reasons why obedience is critical to the Christian life.
#1. Obeying God in small matters is an essential step to receive God’s
Psalm 128:1 (NIV) – Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
Imagine if Peter said, “No I’m tired” or “Please use another boat” or “It’s a waste of time we fished all night.” If he said anything other than yes- he would have missed the greatest fishing experience of his life.
Often our greatest blessings come as a result of willingness to do something seemingly unimportant. What has God been asking you to do?
#2. Our obedience always benefits others.
Your obedient life is not just about you, you become a channel for God to flow through.
Genesis 22:18 (NIV) – “And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Luke 5:6-7 (NIV) – 6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Because of Peters obedience when he prayed for the cripple at the temple.
Acts 3:6-7 (NIV) – 6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he help him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
You can’t hide obedience others see it and are drawn to it and desire it.
#3. When we obey God we will never be disappointed.
Jesus turned an empty boat into a full almost sinking boat
Joshua 1:8 (NLT) – Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
If you want increased favour in your life start obeying God in every area.
Proverbs 10:22 (Amp) – The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, and He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].
For many it may be easier said than done. So here are some guide lines:
- Obedience is doing anything God commands you to do, regardless of the cost.
- Your obedience guarantees that God will always respond in favour to you.
- Promotion always follows obedience
- Your obedience to God’s Instructions is the only proof of your love for Him.
Can I encourage you: Just start doing those things that you already know to do. God has been calling you to lay down things that are blocking the blessings.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
John 14:15 & 23 (NIV) - 15”If you love me, you will obey what I command.” 23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching, My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”