OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH

BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE GARDEN OF EDEN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Worldly people often look at material loss, and think OBEDIENCE requires a high price, not realizing that by being obedient their blessing may be within reach.

Therefore, the bible teaches us in Psalm 27, that we must learn to wait on the Lord: Wait (trust) on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

The Bible speaks truth to power, it is up to each one of us to seek out its truth and be empowered by the knowledge it provides us.  Remember, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” When we are filled with sin and wondering why we are lacking in our BLESSINGS, we can always find comfort and strength in the word because it will always speak to our hearts.

Now listen to what it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

When we are filled with sin, we struggle to move forward towards the prize that God has waiting for us.  The prize has our individual names written on it.  But because we are weighted down by sin, we are called to strip off every weight that might slow us down.  We as Christians must be “SPIRTUALLY TRIM,” and able to run the race unencumbered.  We must run with endurance the race that God has set before us, because we do not select the course, God marks it out.

There are many believers who are willing to humble themselves for the cause of Christ, and conclude that mere material possessions do not come before their desire to be OBEDIENT to the Lord.

Paul sums it up this way:  The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing in the trash—along with every-thing else I used to take credit for, And why? Because of Christ; yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, first hand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant, I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.  I gave up all inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. Let’s keep focused on that goal, those who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that you’re on the right track, let’s stay on it (Philippians 3:7-11, 15-16 Mgs.)

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obedience (Photo credit: Aunt Owwee)

God wants to bless you, and He wants to do it right now.  He is your heavenly Father, and just like your earthly Father, when you do well, he rewards you, and when you are disobedient, he punishes you.  When you are OBEDIENT to your heavenly Father, He will open up the windows of Heaven an pour you out a BLESSING that your bank account will not be able to contain.  Now chew on that thought for a moment and listen to how God blesses the person that is willing to be OBEDIENT and follow His instructions, this is what He says:

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word; you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, which are mere windblown dust–Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people.

God charts the road you take.  The road they take is Skid Row. Therefore, I say to you, who are continuing to live in sin, let your minds be bathing in the power of God’s word and know that, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” “For we may not know what tomorrow holds for us, but we should be glad to know the One who holds our tomorrow.”

 

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