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God Blesses the Obedient (2 of 7)
Series: God Blesses
One of the first conditions to God's blessing is to be obedient to His commands.
''Most Christians are educated way beyond their level of obedience.'' - John Maxwell
''One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.'' - Oswald Chambers
Part of the reason that we live below the blessing line is that we want to do things our way. Eugene Peterson in a book entitled ''A Long Obedience in the Same Direction'' writes, ''It is not difficult in our world to get a person interested in the message of the Gospel; it is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.... In our kind of culture anything, even news about God, can be sold if it is packaged freshly; but when it loses its novelty, it goes on the garbage heap.''
Why? Because a sustained relationship with God requires obedience. Disobedience is inherent in our nature. You see the source of disobedience is rebellion against God and his nature. Satan was the author.
Isa 14:12-14 NKJV
12 ''How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
So disobedience is founded in rebellion. Satan is the author of it. We received that nature because of Adams sin. Remember the Pharisees challenged Jesus in John 8. And they said ''The only Father we have is God himself.''
Jesus replied John 8:44 NIV
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
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