photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/September 2010
Obedience is Rewarded
originally written 29 Sep 10
posted 4 Oct 10
Our Father God rewards those who obey Him.
See just a few examples in: 
Leviticus 26:3-13
Deuteronomy 28:1-13
Abraham—Genesis 22:18

Obedience is rewarded…disobedience is not.
Paul is a prime example (Acts 7:57-8:3 & 9:1-19)

If we belong to Him, He will pull us up short to get our attention...to restore our love relationship with Him. The measure of pain required to get our attention sometimes depends on how deaf we are and how loud He has to shout!  Even though it can be painful when this happens, it is a blessing when He rebukes us…because it’s far worse when He just lets us go.
There does come a point when God says, "Enough."
Read Psalm 81:6-16 to see this.

He says, ‘I removed the burden from their shoulders; 
their hands were set free from the basket.
In your distress you called and I rescued you,
I answered you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Hear, O my people, and I will warn you—
if you would but listen to me, O Israel!
You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not bow down to an alien god.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open your mouth and I will fill it.
But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways,
how quickly would I subdue their enemies and
turn my hand against their foes!
Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Israel is still God’s chosen people.  His promises are everlasting.

As His adopted children
through the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice for our sin,
our Salvation is secure and eternal and His promises apply to us as well.
(Ephesians 2:11-22, Romans 11)

However, we miss out on blessings when we are disobedient.
The blessings that He waits to pour out on us if we would simply put Him first
in our hearts, our souls, and our minds.

 “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.’”
Matthew 22:37-38

He didn’t say, “Give me a part of your heart, soul, mind
and I’ll work with that.”
He said, “ALL.”

When we don’t hold any part of us back from Him,
He doesn’t hold back from us.
He opens the floodgates for blessings. 
He shields us from the horrors that would destroy us.
He provides a strength for us that we cannot attain on our own.

What are we waiting for?
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