Part 1 – The Poisonous Curse of Disobedience
“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgements, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers” Deut. 7:12
Obedience implies compliance with the demands and requests of one in authority. It is an act or instance of submitting to an authority of God. Obedience to God is an obligation stressed in both the New and Old Testaments.
Disobedience is a Sin
All were made sinners as a result of one man’s disobedience—Romans 5:19. Disobedience is sinful because it is the fruit of doubt and unbelief—Hebrews 11:6. Adam and Eve learnt by painful experience that because God is holy and hates sin, He must punish sinners. Any time a believer disobeys or works contrary to the Word of God, such person doubts and does not believe Him. For instance, God says that we should bring all tithes into His storehouse. Any time you refuse, despite the fact that you read it in the bible and hear it, you have disobeyed Him—Mal. 3:10.
Partial Obedience is Worse
To some of us, total disobedience is not our problem, but half-obedience. God hates those who are neither cold nor hot. Mark 12:29-30, Rev. 3:15-16. As far as God is concerned, you have to love Him completely. There is no half measure with Jesus Christ.
Consequences of Partial Obedience
Every form of disobedience earns curse(s) from God. Deut. 28:15, Dan. 9:11.Disobedience receives God’s judgement. Every believer who disobeys God is courting wrath—Eph. 5:6. God will use flaming fire to take vengeance on the disobedient people—2 Thess. 1:8. Those who kick against His commandment must be getting ready to fight Him—1 Sam. 12:15. God can destroy a nation who refuses to obey Him—Jer. 12:17. Disobedience limits future opportunities as in the case of Moses—Num. 20:10-12. Moses disobeyed God’s direct command and dishonoured Him in the presence of His people. Disobedience can lead to death—1 Chron. 13:8-10. Those who obeyed God half-heartedly include Abraham. God told Abraham to do three things—to get out of the country, get out of his kindred and to get out of his father’s house—Gen. 12:4-5, 9-10. He was supposed to meet blessings, according to God’s promise but he met a grievous famine. Instead of staying where God had promised to bless him, he went to Egypt where he met greater problems than famine—Gen. 13:5-8. Also, King Saul, God asked him to wipe out the tribe of the Amalekites and to utterly destroy everything in their country. He went there and killed everybody except the king and the fat cattle—1 Sam. 15:3, 8-9.
The thorns of worldly cares frustrate the word of God in our lives by simply ensuring that we never get around to actually putting it into practice in our daily living. The word you receive is only profitable when you live in obedience of it—Matt. 7:24-27. Along with God’s blessings comes the responsibility to His demands for fairness and honesty. If we repent of our disobedience, however, God is willing to forgive us and to restore our relationship with Him.
Part 2 – The Blessings of Obedience
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth..” Deuteronomy 28:1
We have learnt that disobedience is a sin and that partial obedience is worse. Obedience to God brings with it a lot of blessings. We need to study what we will gain by hearkening to the voice of God and look at some other people who obeyed Him in the bible. May God teach us as we learn at His feet in Jesus Name.
The Blessings of Obedience
After the people of Israel had spent 400 years of slavery and hard labour in Egypt under Moses, God led them out of bondage and put them on the road to a new life of freedom through obedience to Him—Lev. 26:13. This is a clear reminder of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ—Gal. 5:1. Whosoever wants to enjoy God’s blessing must cultivate the habit of obeying Him wholeheartedly—Deut. 28:1, Isa. 1:19. God is ready to make you a peculiar treasure unto Him—Ex. 19:5. God will also be an enemy to the enemies of those who follow Him wholeheartedly—Ex. 23:22. Diseases will be kept away from anyone who obeys God diligently—Ex. 15:26. Obedience comes from love and faith—He. 11:1-2/
Examples of Patriarchs of Obedience
There are many examples of people in the Bible who obeyed God absolutely. If it is possible for these people, obedience is equally achievable for today’s believers. Let us look at a few of them:
1. Abraham was additionally blessed on one occasion because he obeyed God in offering Isaac on the altar—Gen. 22:18, Gen. 26:5.
2. The Rechabites the children of Jonadab. Their father had commanded them not to drink wine throughout their life time. For hearkening to the instruction of their father, God showered His blessings upon his lineage—Jer. 35:1-19.
3. Joseph, Potiphar put Joseph in charge of overseeing his house and all that he had. When his master’s wife made advances to him, he refused and said, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God.” For his total disobedience to the word of God, Joseph became Prime Minister in a foreign land—Gen. 39:7-9, 41:14-45.
4. Paul, after his conversion, followed God in totality. He did not look back once he put his hand on the plough. Whatever he was told to do was done with the zeal and seriousness it deserved. No wonder he knew the time of his departure had come and was able to see the crown waiting for him—Rom. 1:5, 1 Cor. 15:10, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
5. Jesus Christ is our perfect example. He kept His Father’s commandment throughout His ministry here on earth. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—John 4:34, Phil. 2:6-11.
Evidence that a person is a child of God is continued obedience to the commandments of God. Every believer must cultivate the habit of obedience to God. Obedience to Him will put you at a great advantage. Fringe benefits of obedience include sound heath, joy, peace and wisdom—Phil. 2:5, 3 John 2
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
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