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Proverbs Day 8
Posted on January 11th, 2013

The Advantages of Obedience

Prov 10:17 He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

Prov 19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of conduct will die.

Prov 19:27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Prov 21:11 When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Prov 21:16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

Prov 28:9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
The principles that are outlined in scripture provide a combination of discipline, understanding and instruction. But there is a warning that if we cease from listening to His instruction we will stray from it. The first and foremost advantage of obedience to God is that it keeps us in a right standing with God. It keeps the relationship with God going. Without even realizing it, many times we want God to answer our requests, but not listen to His instruction.

There is a distinct correlation between our obedience to God and His provision for our life in the areas of faith, grace, finance, health, prosperity, knowledge and the list goes on and on. Just as notable, there is a strong correlation between our disobedience to God and His wrath, punishment, judgment, damnation and this list goes on and on as well. Of course, the ultimate advantage of obedience to God is the eternal salvation of our souls. We are definitely living this life to live again.

There are more immediate advantages to obedience to God as well. Obedience displays faith in God. The bible refers to the "obedience of faith (Acts 6:7; Romans 16:26)." It is the power of faith that engages us with God and His will for us. Faith is the entry into a long-term pursuit of God through relationship. God has ordained that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Many times we would like for our financial sacrifices and the time dedicated to the house of God to be a replacement for a day to day walk with God in the area of obedience. But that is not going to work. The scripture tells us, "Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,  and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)" These are some of the most simple and yet profound words in scripture. We cannot make up for disobedience through excessive sacrifice.

There is no replacement for obedience. It is the ultimate praise to God by uplifting the light of His instruction in our lives. It is an outward display that His word is in us and that we are His. John 15:7 gives this promise "... if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!" Obedience shows that His word is in us. Herein lies the biggest advantage of obedience, He is in us and He will answer our prayers.


Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with obedience, faith


1 Comments

Sis. Mae - July 8th, 2013 at 2:54 PM
When I read the story of King Saul (I Sam ch. 15 & 13:8-14); it's like a wrench in my gut. It beckons me to repentance.

I can make a conscience, concerted effort to obey God without hesitation, but ultimately I have to fall upon the rock, flow in faith and allow the spirit of transformation to do its work.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13).

COMPLETE: Prov. 8:__; For whoso findeth me findeth life,...
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