Being a Christian today is difficult!As the gold fish that has no hiding place, that is the way today’s Christians should be ! A Christian should be highly principal and stand out amongst the crowd. This is in tandem with God , God as a disciplinarian would want us to follow his laid down procedures without any middle ground for him to bless us. Just like in all facets of life be it in secular world , career and even in Christianity, the need to be obedient to the laid down rules of God/Bible is one thing that every Christian should arrive for. This act of obedience separates Christians from others and guarantee blessings for them! This is a statement of certainty which was made popular in the cliche “Obedience is better than sacrifice”.
The term obedience can be defined as compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority, in this case biblical authority which is God and his laws.Christian must do all in their ability to please God. This is the first injunction, for a Christian to enjoy the full benefits of heaven , they must do everything to please God. Numbers 14 vs 8- 9, it created the benefits of Christians if God is pleased with Christian but the caveat here is that there should be total obedience and not rebellion. Most times Christians walk about of God’s will and assume that they are still under the grace and God would protect them ! That is wrong.. just like when Christians become to familiar with anointed men of God and take them in contempt, then that is where they loose the blessing from the anointed.
Christian must do all in their ability to please God. This is the first injunction, for a Christian to enjoy the full benefits of heaven , they must also do everything to please God.
Numbers 14 vs 8- 9, is clear with this injunction. If God is pleased with Christian but the caveat here is that there should be total obedience and not rebellion. Most times Christians talk about of God’s will and assume that they are still under the grace and God would protect them without even making concerted effort to be in tune with biblical principles! That is wrong…just like Christians becoming too familiar with anointed men of God and take them in contempt, then that is where they loose the blessing from the anointed
Blessings of God isn’t what that can be negotiated , commit thy ways into the hands of the Lord and it shall bring it to pass , Psalm 31 vs 4.
Christians must understand that there are consequences for any action and Bible had mandated that we commit in totality to God and tap the full blessings of God. This position was demonstrated in the saying that ” seek thee the kingdom of God, every other thing would be added!
“If a man’s way pleases the Lord, he would make his enemies to be at piece with him ” a biblical injunction.
When Christians try to please themselves neglecting the injunction of God can be likened to pleasing the devil. To Obey is better than sacrifice, Christians must harken to God’s rule and regulations . The easiest way to live a bitter life is through disobedience not only to God even to the laws of the land .
Psalm 40 vs 8 , I delight to do thy will Oh my Lord , your law is within in my heart. The Psalmist shows the importance of doing the will of Lord , if we can remember the person that wrote the book is Psalm is king Solomon and one of the wisest man that ever graced the earth. He understands the importance of doing the will of God and total submission.
“Sometimes obeying Lord might seems bitter but the road is better” Fred Obetoh
Job 36 vs 11 , If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. This verse in the Bible is making Christians to know that there is reward for obedience and which is prosperity.
Though in a very materialistic world , obeying God might be extremely difficult but a good Christian should put behind some certain associations , friendship and other things that are not in conformity with God’s rules. Once these are in place, then be rest assured that all would fall into right places.
Faith Cathedral Ministry International
Second Sunday June 2018 message