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Obedience and God's Promises
God's Promises to the Obedient
Ever wonder what God promises those who follow Him? Have you ever wondered where in the Bible it promises prosperity? I am going to share those verses with you.
If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
Let's think about God's commandments. I think they can be summed up by Jesus Himself. Jesus was asked what the most important commandments were and He answered,
Luke 10:He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
I believe He gave us these two commandments because if we follow both of them the rest of obedience just sort of falls in place. Let me explain. If you truly love God you will do whatever you can to please Him. This means reading the Word of God, praying as much as you can and following the second command. Loving your neighbor, or your enemy, or you family involves never wanting to hurt them. If you put others concerns first, sin takes the back burner. In my experience, sin is often caused by us being selfish and only thinking of ourselves. My Sunday School teacher in high school once told us that if we look at sin, we find that the center of it is I. If we think to ourselves, how will this affect so and so, it will change how we deal with others and help prevent us from sinning.
So by following these two commandments we are being obedient. Of course, there will be times when we fail and we sin but God is faithful and just to forgive us for that.
By being obedient, God promised us prosperity in Deuteronomy chapter 28. He promised to bless us in so many ways. He promises to bless our Children and the work of our hands. He promises to answer our prayers. He promises to always be there for us.
Psalm 37:25 gives us this promise. "I have been young but now am old and have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread."
God promises that by being obedient, we will never be forsaken and never starve to death. He also promises that by believing in Jesus as our Savior we will have eternal life. God is so good to us who love him. Isn't God an amazing and wonderful God?