Friday, February 24, 2012
"OBEDIENCE IS THE KEY"
Good Evening To All!
Obedient lives are not perfect lives. God knows that it is inevitable that humans will sin, after all He knows everything about us. He created us, He saw us fall from grace when Adam and Eve allowed themselves to be beguiled by the devil.
This being said, it does not mean that we can intentionally sin, ask forgiveness and do it again. REPENTANCE is a HUGE word. It means we must CHANGE our ways and not do it again. Yes, we will invariably sin again as we are human, but the important thing here is to quit doing the sin which we confessed to God, and asked forgiveness. This is exactly why Paul said "I die daily". Because being human, he had to continually ask forgiveness for his "human frailties and turn away from the sins which he asked God to forgive him.
Another thing, when we get down on our knees to ask Him for His forgiveness of our sins, we HAVE TO be SINCERE. We must have a godly sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 states (Paul writing to the Corinthians) (9) Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. for your were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from is in nothing. (10) For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
God leaves no room in His commands for private interpretations or personal opinions about obedience. Our Lord makes it very clear how He feels about the subject. He has stated how much He loves sacrifice, but He made sure we understand that He treasures obedience even more.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy god, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. Deuteronomy 30:15-16
There are several more verses in Deuteronomy alone about obedience.
In the New Testament, we find "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in Me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:9
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but who soever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19
If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in His love. John 15;10
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.) Romans 2:13
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 1 John 2:17
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him: . . . Hebrews 5:9
Verily, verily I say unto you, If a man keep my says, he shall never see death. John 8:51
This is the ONE VERSE that hits home EVERY time I read it.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21
I don't know how the importance of to God could be made any plainer. Yes, God provided us with the "gift" of Salvation, but without an intimate relationship with God, and obedience to Him and His Word, it is as if we walk up to a Complete stranger or even an acquaintance and ask them to buy us a brand new car. "It's not going to happen".
We need to be vigilant and diligent about our love and relationship with God. If we love Him, we need to show it by adhering to His Will and His Word. We need to OBEY Him.
Please take some time to do some soul-searching. Re-evaluate your "relationship with your Heavenly Father and check your spirit. Yes, you love Him, but do you love Him enough to sacrifice Your will for His? Will you obey Him to secure your place in Heaven?
I pray that each and every person that reads this blog knows that I am telling you this with an attitude of Christian love, and I look forward to meeting you up in the clouds with our Lord when that day comes, so I ask you to do that for me.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!