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Devotional

Obedience Brings the Blessings

In Deuteronomy 28, Moses listed all the blessings that the Israelites would receive if they chose to be obedient to God's commands.  The chapter also lists all the curses that would fall upon them if they chose to be disobedient to God.  We all know what happened when the Israelites chose to disobey God.  They reaped all the curses which Moses listed.  

However God promised them in Deuteronomy 30:1-3, "When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the the nations where he scattered you," (NIV).  Obedience brings the blessings.

In John 3:16, Jesus told Nicodemus, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," (NIV)Acts 16:31 says, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved-you and your household," (NIV).  Believing and receiving the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior bring the blessings of salvation.  Obedience brings the blessings. 

After we have been born of the Spirit and are in the family of God, God still requires us to be obedient to trust in Him and let Him mold and mature us into Christ's image.  Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do," (NIV).  In order to receive all the blessings which God has promised us and to fulfill our purpose for which God created us, we still need to be obedient to God's Word and to God's specific instructions and directions He gives to us.  If we fail to do so, we can lose out on our purpose and the many blessings that God wants to pour out on us.  Obedience brings the blessings.

1 Samuel 13 and 15 teaches us that King Saul disobeyed God's commands and lost his anointing and kingship.  In 1 Samuel 13, Saul was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the king of Israel.  The Israelites were at war with the Philistines.  King Saul was at Gilgal with his troops. The situation was critical because the Philistines greatly outnumbered Saul and his men.  The troops were scared.  1 Samuel 13:7b-10 says, "Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.  He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter.  So he said, 'Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.'  And Saul offered up the burnt offering.  Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him," (NIV).

Samuel had promised to make these offerings himself before Israel went to battle.  He had directed Saul to await his arrival and instructions.  However, Saul did not wait upon Samuel to arrive and offer the sacrifices.  He felt compelled to do so, because he thought he could strengthen Israel's chances against the Philistines while disregarding the instruction of the Lord's prophet, Samuel.  Saul disobeyed God's commands and lost his anointing and the kingdom.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 says, "..Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD.  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  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," (NIV).  God would choose another man after his own heart to rule the people.  Obedience brings the blessings.

In these unprecedented times, let us be steadfast in obeying God's Word and His specific directions to us.  If we have been disobedient to His commands and the leading of the Holy Spirit, let us quickly repent and choose to follow and obey God's commands.  God is a God of great love and mercy.  He will quickly forgive us and help us to get back on the right path with Him.  1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness," (NIV).  Obedience brings the blessings.

Be obedient and be a voice for the gospel.  Wear Scriptures.