This morning I want to talk to you about the blessings of obedience. If you want to be blessed or happy walk in [according to, or keep] the Word of God. I like to call this the bag level of blessings and obedience. Lord, I, also thank you for all the gifts you have given me. What is the secret of obedience? OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSING - DEUT. But the same pot might be used by a housewife to cook a meal and in that case it would be ordinary or common. Because of real relationships with Jesus Christ, we’re first dedicated to God. Romans 1:5 …Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. It hadn’t come up yet, but God is saying, “Don’t worry. Never give up. THE BLAMELESS BECOME BLESSED IN HIS WAYS, 1: 4-6. I cannot imagine dying for a sinner like me. The moment you begin to obey God, he will begin to bless you life, and the years to come, you will reap a bountiful harvest. But you’ve got to take those little steps every day in the right direction. Never give up. God’s delight in obedience is good news because it shows that God’s grace is a glorious power and not just a flimsy tolerance of sin. Think of it this way. It transfers much easier than holiness. One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while He preached (Luke 5:1-11). That’s the thing that counts today.”. Would we find Jesus Christ enshrined in your heart? Preaching with Power 386-956-9018. For a blessing to go into operation, you must live a live obedience. (This story is found in the article “You’re Fired,” Pastor’s Family, June-July, 1997, pp. What happens? If you remember, after 16 years of delay, they finally began to rebuild the temple. THE POWER OF OBEDIENCE Let's go to the Lord in prayer. Scriptures: Holiness is simply obedience. After all, if there’s no reward for obedience you might as well live like the devil. understand about the 3-in-1 thing. ... Sermon Speakers. When you see Jesus, you’ll never regret serving the Lord. God wants your heart because if he has your heart, he’ll soon have every other part of your life. Is it worth it to obey God? prayer to you, for you are almighty, powerful, and a wonderful, awesome God. And you never know how the kids are going to turn out. It’s all that stuff that happens after we get up that gives us problems.  This is the characteristic described in Scripture that will be … 1-3). While they were eating dinner a young couple wiith four small children walked in and sat down at the next table. This blessing does not come upon us because of grim duty or because of legalistic, external performance. Vol. p. What if something holy touches something unholy, does the unholy thing become holy? God says, “You plant the seed and let me take care of the harvest.”. One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while he preached ( Luke 5:1–11 ). A. ", Verse 1 begins, as does Psalm 1, with the pronouncement of a blessing upon the undefiled [blameless or "upright"] who are then defined as those who "walk in the law of the Lord!" Heart-fellowship with God is enjoyed by a love for God's Word through which God communes with the soul by His Holy Spirit. Thank you for sending your son to die, for me. For many years she and Frank worked in the Awana program at Judson Baptist Church, one of our sister churches here in Oak Park. Three months passed and nothing had changed. 4-6). Failure to understand this first principle and failure … Thanks for your interest! Then Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the LORD. It’s spreads so quickly. Then the woman gave her name and Joan remembered she had been in her Awana club 25 years ago. But Ezra is also a man whom God blessed, even though he is not so well known as those other men are. So, then, what is the blessing? They work so hard shoving more into the bag that they wear holes in the bottom! What stuck out? The Blessings of Obedience. Obedience is a great blessing... 1) It is good and virtuous to be obedient. Or we can say it another way. The key is the word “whatever.” When your heart isn’t right with God, whatever you do will be wrong. They invested $1000 in a sure thing and within a week they had lost $600. “Thanks for not giving up on me. Luke 5:1-11. God didn’t want a big house filled with empty hearts. God Blesses the Obedient (2 of 7) Series: God Blesses David Cawston Deuteronomy 15:5-6 One of the first conditions to God's blessing is to be obedient to His commands. We feel like we’re so far away from what we should be that it’s easier to say, “What’s the use? Lord, it belongs not to my care . Sometimes when the harvest is delayed we are tempted to despair and to wonder if our work is in vain. 310-372-7549 code: 474681. Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. Just as it’s hard to keep a house clean, it’s hard to keep a life clean because sin stains everything. It is a sacrifice no one will forget…especially me. Every day you make thousands of decisions—most of them very small. Write it down big and plain. Here is the application of those strange questions. The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping-stones to life’s most wonderful blessings.-Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God. THE MESSAGE HE ASKED HER TO OBEY. He didn’t want animal sacrifice unless it was accompanied by a living sacrifice of the people. Joan saw them pray before the meal and then noticed how well-behaved the children were. When that glad day finally comes, no one will have any regrets.  The Blessings of God are contingent upon the obedience of His people to allof His commandments. The obedience taught in the book of Pentateuch was indeed an order of obedience accompanied with blessing. Sometimes you never see them again. “‘From this day on I will bless you.’”. The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping stones to life’s most wonderful blessings. It’s true that God was behind their hard times, but he wasn’t doing it just to punish them, he wanted to get their attention and turn their hearts back to him. Just be faithful and I promise the harvest will come in. The Outcome of Obedience to God will always bring blessing! The Blessings of Obedience. You must live a life of obedience – Gen. 12:4, 13:14-16, 15:18. The Problem: Conditional obedience to God God Wants Your Heart. I pray I will, use them in the way you want me to. They were going broke—economically and spiritually. We’re usually not grumpy or nasty until someone gets under our skin. What’s the condition of your heart this today? [ Psalm 1] Heart-fellowship with God is enjoyed by a love for God's Word through which God communes with the soul by His Holy Spirit (CIT). That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” There’s an old gospel song that says, “How about your heart, is it right with God? In putting the matter that way I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt. In these verses God reminds them of how things were before they began to rebuild the temple. Often you lose track and don’t see again for 20 or 30 years. 2. They said yes and then the husband said, “Would you be an Edwards?” Yes. Baptist, PSALM 119: 1-8 [The Ministry of The Word Series]. Joan related a second story that happened recently when she and Frank were eating at the Thyme and Honey restaurant just a few blocks from here. Because God is holy, only holy objects could come into his presence. The Holy Spirit is moving in this place! We sow and sow and sow and then wait for the harvest. Therefore, don’t be surprised if it takes you quite a few steps to get your life back in order again. Most of those laws had to do with understanding what was holy and what was not. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2006, S. When Jesus said you must become like a little child to enter the kingdom for heaven, I think this is what he meant. And from then on, everyone that I encounter will probably need a lot of help from you. — Luke 11:28. She especially resented the fact that her former friends wouldn’t even speak to her any more. Unlike the television shows or movies you watch that often leave you so empty, time spent in the Word of God will bring sustained satisfaction to your soul. Nothing worked right. So our psalmist delights in the fact that those who walk in wholehearted obedience to the Law, or the Word of God, are blessed. Or consider this illustration. God Delights in Obedience (Luke 5:1-11) Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password. The answer is, it depends on you. 2) It is not burdensome if we put away our pride. I seek an interest in your faith and prayers as I respond to the privilege to address you. This is really a lesson about the pervasive power of sin. This holy walk is to be desired because God commands it (verse 4); therefore the devout soul prays for it (verse 5), knowing that his or her assistance and encouragement depend upon obtaining it (verse 6). “I have given my life to be in full-time Christian service. 1. If you live in obedience, surrendering your tithes and offerings, you will eat of the tree of life and be blessed. I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, over-indulgent, coveted my neighbor’s spouse or taken your name in vain. It refers to God's precepts which bear witness against sin and on behalf of holiness. It’s from something called Frank’s Daily Chuckles. But Peters compliance to His request paved the way for a life-changing blessing. If we walk in God's ways, sin will be banished from our lives. Mon - Sat 3:00 pm est Midnight. Sin is it like dirt and like disease. Because of Him, we become better individuals, people, spouses, parents, children, etc. In the days to come we’ll all stand together before the throne of God and praise our Redeemer for his amazing grace. Haggai 2:12-19 1 Corinthians 15:33. Such seeking after God is to be the habit or practice of our life. All gardeners understand this principle. As his disciples, … This is an important for Christian workers to remember. 1-3). Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Men of integrity are here described both by what they don't practice and what they do practice. Treasury of David. 26-28). Sin is like a contagious disease. Holy touches Unholy = The unholy object remains unholy, Unholy touches Holy = The holy object becomes defiled. No, but the healthy person can easily catch a cold from the sick person. Lord, I do not. She just worked with the girl and prayed for her. There is a 57-58 year gap between the events in chapters 6 and 7. The man said, “I kept looking at your husband because many years ago I had to meet him before I could take Joy out on a date.” Frank and Joan hadn’t seen him in years, now he’s raising a Christian family for God’s glory. Her greatest anger was reserved for God. From that moment on, she was a changed woman. Psalm 1, Psalm 119, Psalms 119:1-8, Psalms 73-150, Sermon Topics: God Speaks . She went over afterwards to speak to them and to ask if they were Christians. 138.]. We may summarize this truth in two crucial sentences: That’s the whole point. But everything Haggai said would have made perfect sense to the Jews. And the quicker you deal with God, the quicker you can get better and move on with your life. They still had all their old problems and the temple was a long way from being finished. - John Maxwell ''One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.'' Therefore verse 2 immediately adds, "How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart!". Lord Jesus how we thank you for what our hearts have experienced tonight, how we thank you for sending the Holy Spirit. The answer is no. Amen. Blessings of Obedience (4 of 6) Series: The Life of Miracles Dr. Stan Coffey 2 Kings 5:1-14 I.THE PREREQUISTITE FOR OBEDIENCE II. It stains everything it touches. Later that day, God spoke to her and said, “You trusted me with your death. In Jesus Christ, we find the perfect model of obedience. ... B. Please help me to grow in your ways and read my Bible and. It takes a few weeks for the plant to poke it way through the soil and even more weeks and months for the fruit to ripen for harvest. My beloved brothers and sisters, how grateful I am to be with you this morning. Obedience (vers. You’ll only wish you could have done more. My second assumption is that no one obeys God all the time. The reason was that God knew beforehand that the Jews will not be able to comply with the Laws (life style) imposed on them. The life of God’s people is to be marked by obedience. surrendering. To soar to endless day? I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not turn to me,’ declares the LORD. But notice the last phrase: “But still you did not turn to me.” That’s all God wanted all along. In those days surgery was done without anesthesia. God had told them they were suffering because of their disobedience. THE PERFECTION OF OBEDIENCE IV. Just keep on doing good, keep on serving the Lord, keep on helping others, keep on living for Christ, and in the end you will reap a bountiful harvest. God’s blessings begin the moment we begin to obey him. II. Blessed are those who walk through life submitted to God's revelation (Deut. Many of us could tell similar stories. 7-8). a. willing: deals with our will and our . We never lose our temper as long as we’re not around other people. No doubt they faced continued opposition and discouragement all the way along. [Notice that the holy life is a walk, or a steady progress, a maintained advance, a determined endurance.]. Needless to say, these verses sound rather strange to our ears. “Sin is like spaghetti sauce; it stains everything it touches.” After a recent service at our church a young woman walked up, gave Joan a big hug, and said, “Do you recognize me?” No, she didn’t. It’s always easy to question motives but this morning I’m going to start with the assumption that in your better moments you truly desire to please God. A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God. But what if an unholy thing touches a holy thing? He wanted the hearts of the people to be fully devoted to him. You normally don’t change your thinking overnight and you don’t break bad habits in one week. Our blessing is the honor God receives through our obedience. Thus the Great Commandment states, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might" (Deut. From his example, we also learn how essential it is to obey Go… ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Evangelically, obedience habitual and sincere, albeit imperfect. "How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. Sermon notes The blessings of obedience Leviticus 26:1-13. But by starting to rebuild they were planting fresh seed in the ground. The next day she remembered she wasn’t supposed to speak to God and tried not to. Lovers of God's holy words are blessed, because they are preserved from defilement (verse 1), because they are becoming holy in their actions (verses 2 and 3), and are led to follow after God in integrity (verse 2). ... Obedience Always Brings Blessing - Pastor Ed Lapiz Latest Preaching April 2018 - … They found it in her backpack. How dare you treat me this way?” she cried out. They do not practice wrong but instead live as God's Word requires. To me it’s a wonderful statement about what it means to love God with all your heart. McLean, VA: Macdonald Publishing. Genesis 12:7 Relationship with God Lent Three Point (SKU: 3569) Price: You currently have a total of 0 Sermons in your shopping basket. The wife was very angry over what had happened and was bitter over how she and her husband were treated. Holy things were objects that had been set apart for God’s use—usually in the temple worship. The meritorious ground of a believer's acceptance, and of the blessings he receives, is the obedience unto death of Christ (Romans 5:19-21). The word testimonies is derived from a legal term meaning "witness." Sometimes we grow weary in the service of the Lord and wonder if our efforts are in vain. He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”. I’m very thankful for that. 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