The Blessings of Obedience ~ Deuteronomy 28:1 & 2 “Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD, your God, YeHoVaH Elohim, and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the voice of the LORD your God:…”
If one observes the actions, or even listens to many of the teachings, of those deeply enmeshed in the organized system of religion in our nation, also known as “Church”, one can discern that most of those people don't have any idea what is contained in the above verses. Most people treat The Word of God like some fast food menu, willfully choosing what parts they will pay attention to, and which they will selectively ignore! They act as though they believe that “Grace” has made obedience optional! Instead of seeing it as a divine place holder until we get there!
Well. I guess if all one wants is a “get out of hell free card”, then that might be true. But if one wants to live in the Presence and Blessing of our Almighty God, then at some point one must move past that “grace” paradigm, and CHOOSE LIFE, which includes an intentional, authentic, deliberate and often stubborn obedience!
Obedience is the KEY which opens the GATE to GOD's BLESSING! Because OBEDIENCE to THE WORD and THE SPIRIT of GOD crucifies the fallen flesh, making it null and void. God will NOT bless the terminally stupid flesh! Whether it is wearing religious camouflage or not!
OBEDIENCE is the absolute dividing line of a serious believer! If we BELIEVE that GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS, and WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO then we will TRUST HIM. And if we REALLY TRUST HIM, then we will OBEY HIM.
That is how it works. We will NOT be constantly finding and making excuses for why we do not obey His Word. We won't have itching ears, casting around for false doctrines to make us feel okay about our disobedience! We won't ignore the gently nudge of His Spirit, and allow the persistent nagging of fleshly addictions, lusts and obsessions to override His Voice.
Yeshua said this about obedience being linked to being HIS “sheep”, as He referred to Himself as our “Shepherd”..... (John 10:26-28) “...because you are not My sheep, you refuse to believe. My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.…”
“They LISTEN to MY VOICE, and they FOLLOW (OBEY) Me...” THOSE are the ones who obtain His blessing of eternal life (“I give THEM eternal life, and they will never perish”); and the security of a safe-space (“No one can snatch them out of MY hand.” No vaccine, No demonic persuasion, No false doctrinal or social ideology...)
We MUST stop acting like having “free will” means that GOD excuses what HE has called SIN! Yeshua said that HE came to be about HIS FATHER's Business, and to RETURN US to Sonship!
But He made it clear that to be SONS of GOD, we must cultivate a relationship of trusting obedience! No one trusts someone they don't really know. So, knowing Him (which obviously involves reading His letters to us, spending time with/in His Spirit, and putting what HE has commanded, what Yeshua demonstrated, into practice) must become our FIRST, most urgent, priority!
That is what “CHOOSING LIFE”, and “Loving, YeHoVaH Elohim, The LORD OUR GOD, with ALL of our hearts, minds, souls and wills..” looks like! And IF we love HIM as we should, we will love ourselves better, and then be able to love our neighbor as ourselves – and THAT's the Big deal!!!! Selah . . .