OBEDIENCE TO GOD...........Key to commanding the Supernatural (Answered Prayers)!

Obedience to God’s words is the path of a believer!

The obedience to the Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping-stones to life’s most wonderful blessings. 

Obedience to God's word can be defined as the willingness of heart to obey the instructions and advise of someone we believe, someone higher than us in authority, age or position.  Obedience is required and demanded in some levels of relationship in a well structured place.  In such a place, one is expected to obey the instruction and orders of a superior person - a Supervisor or manager over you.

Obedience is an important virtue for a christian to cultivate.  For those who wish to go far with the Lord, obedience is almost like a command and from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible kept emphasizing on obedience to the word and voice of the Lord.  In the Military, obedience is compulsory.  Instructions from a superior officer is NEVER disregarded or disobeyed.  It cannot be corrected on the way down the line and obedience is commanded at all levels.

Obedience of faith is doing exactly what the Lord commands, and doing it happily and immediately.  As soldiers of Christ, obedience to the Word of the Master is a command, it is mandatory and not obligatory.  Obedience is the positive action taken as commanded or directed...and doing it  immediately. A delayed obedience is equal to no obedience.  Abraham heard the Word of God and immediately took off to execute the instruction.  When you take steps immediately to obey the Word or instruction, it shows that you believe the giver of the instruction. 

Three dimensions to obedience:

1. Obedience to the Word of God, to do, what it says: - This is found in  Deuteronomy 28:1-14, the blessings that accompany obedience to God's word were listed:  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.

2. Obeying the commands of Jesus - The second aspect of obedience is found in the book of  John 14:15, where our Lord Jesus said: If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

3. Obeying the command to love the Brethren - The third aspect of obedience is found in 1 John 5:2–3. Jesus speaking there, says: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

If we love our brethren in the church, as well as other believers, by doing so, will sinners and unbelievers know we are children of God. Going to church does not make you a child of God.  What makes you a child of God is obeying the word of God and do what it says, obeying the words and command of Jesus Christ and loving your brethren in the household of faith.

Do you know why loving your brethren is very important.  There are new converts who will be hoping to meet love from us, there are those in need, who have no one else to run to, than the brethren in the church, and they should not be disappointed.  There will be unbelievers who are in the church to see how believers relate to themselves. What the Lord is saying to us in that command is that, if there are openings in your office, you should announce it in your church before it is published to the public.  If you have your wardrobe full of clothes and shoes, some of them, you have not used in a year or so, look for your brethren that do not have and share with them.  Be ready to share good things with your brethren  in the faith and be ready to communicate.

Finally, in James 1:22-25, the bible encouraged everyone to: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

What is the place of obedience?  

Obedience to the Word and instructions of God gives us the authority to command demons to leave. When our obedience is complete, our commands are obeyed by others, including the demons and all the elements of the earth.  A preacher once said  “If we would have power in prayer, we must be earnest students of His Word to find out what His will regarding us is, and then having found it do it.  

An obedient lifestyle helps prayer It speeds up answers to our prayers because we are worthy of Him, that called us and our lives is testifying to His glory.  This is why the bible says “Whatsoever we ask we receive because we keep His commands and do those things that are pleasing in His sight”  - 1 John. 3:22.

The ultimate benefit of obedience to a child of God is what Jesus said in John 14:23, saying: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him "  In addition, our obedience encourages our brothers and sisters in Christ (Philippians 2:1-2, 2 Cor. 9:2).  When we obey God, we encourage others who are trying to do the same.  When we live in obedience and begins to command the super-natural, we encourage brothers who desire to operate in such dimension of faith.

When we honor God in obedience, we bring glory to His name.  When Simon Peter obeyed Christ, the Lord used that opportunity to manifest uncommon miracle that is still a hot topic till today.  He shadow was healing the sick, and Aprons taken from him also healed sick people.

Characteristics of Obedience:
Obedience is thus the first step to following and walking with God.  If a man wants to do God's will, that means he is prepared to obey God's word written in the bible, His instructions and commands.

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was an act of obedience and if a man will do God's will and complete his course, such a person must apply the standard of the word and instructions of God daily.  God demands complete, whole-hearted obedience to His Word and it thus becomes the first key to doing the Will of God.  In Jesus Christ we find the perfect model of obedience. As his disciples, we follow Christ's example as well as his commands. Our motivation for obedience is love. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

Obedience leads to worship
While the Bible places strong emphasis on obedience, it's critical to remember that believers are not justified (made righteous) by our obedience, but by faith in the Lord. Salvation is a free gift of God, and we can do nothing to merit it. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable...which is your worship. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1, NLT)

God rewards Obedience
We become whatever we may become with God through obedience. Our father of faith, Abraham became the father of many nations through obedience.  There are scriptures that declared specific blessings due to obedience. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 refers.

There is Genesis 22:18, which says: "And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me." 
Exodus 19:5 also, says: Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 

Jesus replied, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." - Luke 11:28.  So, the obligation of man is to obey God’s word and do what it says, otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  For such people, Apostle James says they are like someone looking at his natural face in the mirror and after wards walks away, and forget what manner of man he is. James 1:22-24

Obedience to God Proves Our Love
The books of 1 John and 2 John clearly explain that obedience to God demonstrates love for God. Loving God implies following his commands:
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. (1 John 5:2–3).  Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, in the household of faith and do same to our neighbours.

Obedience to God affirms our faith in Him
When we obey God, we affirm our faith and trust in Him And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God's word show their love for Him.

God values Obedience better Than Sacrifice
The phrase "obedience is better than sacrifice," can be explained within the old Testament perspective.  The law required the Israelite people to offer sacrifices to God, but those sacrifices and offerings were never intended to take the place of obedience.

That was why Samuel replied King Saul saying: "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?.  Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king." 1 Samuel 15:22–23.

Disobedience Leads to Sin and Death
The disobedience of Adam brought sin and death into the world. This is the basis of the term "original sin." But Christ's perfect obedience restores fellowship with God for everyone who believes in him: For as by the one man's Adam's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's Christ's obedience the many will be made righteous- Romans 5:19. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.

Obedience leads to Sanctification
Only Jesus Christ is perfect, therefore, only he could walk in sinless, perfect obedience. But as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, we grow in holiness. This is known as the process of sanctification, which can also be described as spiritual growth. The more we read God's Word, spend time with Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us from within, the more we grow in obedience and holiness as Christians.

The Wonders of Obedience:

1. Obedience distinguishes you: - The times may be hard, but only the obedience of faith that will distinguish a child of God from the crowd.  Obedience may be very difficult and sometimes painful, but the gains of obedience are innumerable to mention. Obedience to God would naturally enhance the quality of one’s steps in life.  

If God is your Father and you don't know how to obey Him, then you don't need a prophesy to know you are not His child.  For every child, obedience to your earthly father comes natural as long you remain a child.  We are children of God, we are never adults before Him.

2. Obedience to God gives us entry into all that He has for us.  It opens the door of His blessings to us and keeps us in His will.  By obedience we stay in tune with God and are given all the power of God. By obedience we put ourselves in the middle of His love and there we see His glory - John. 14:21.  By obedience we become God’s friend.  The Bible says in John 14:21, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  The word “manifest” in this verse means that Christ will come and dwell in you and with you as He promised.  

When you act on the Word of God, you become one with the Father - That is the fruit of obedience.  In John 15:14 Jesus says it plainly: “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”  That thought, to be a friend of God, is just overwhelming to me.  I tell people that the name JESUS is sufficient for me and for all my needs.  When you become God's friend, you can easily know the mind of God concerning any matter, and He will always show you things you knew not!  By obedience we get to know God’s will.  By this I mean God's Will for our personal life apart from knowing God's general will.  The more we do what God tells us to do the more we get to know Him as a friend.  And the more we grow as His friend the more He reveals Himself and His will to us. When you know God's will for your life, the light has come to you and you can then focus your effort on serving Him acceptably.  

By obedience we bear good fruit.  A life that is obedient to God will always bear good fruit.  And why is fruit so important to Him?  Well, our fruit is evidence to the world that we have the nature of Christ in us, and that we are His disciples -John. 15:8.  And whenever the Father sees the works of His Son being multiplied and magnified in the world through us, He is pleased and glorified.  By obedience we comply to the covenant of prosperity When we obey God's Word and instruction always, then you will see a willing heart that loves the Lord and loves to do His will.  Doing God's will becomes profitable to us when we key into the covenant blessings of God and do what the Word says.  In keeping God's covenant in different areas of life - be it in tithe and offering for prosperity or in long life or in divine health, we have our part to play ..that commits God to fulfilling His promises.

By obedience, we enter into covenant with God - Covenant is the path to Grace, and God is committed to deliver on His promises, the moment we fulfill our part and so the quality of your life is a result of the quality of obedience you give God. Specifically, when we practice God’s covenant of obedience we would flourish even in economic crisis as God will make opportunities available to those who have faith. By obedience our prayers will be answered.  One of the things that will happen when we obey God is that our prayers will be heard and answered.  When we make obedience our lifestyle, then we are ready to experience His grace in higher dimension -  When you abide in me and I in you...You shall ask what you want and it shall be done for you John 15:7-8 and the Father is glorified.


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