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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 · Christian Life
Obedience simply means abiding by the rules and instructions laid down by someone. It should be noted that there are rewards for obedience. The bible made us to know that there are blessings for whosoever obeys, and curses for whosoever disobeys. “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day; and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God....” (Deut. 11:26-28)

Who are we expected to obey? Foremost, we are expected to obey God. We are to obey God first, rather than men. —Acts 5:29.
Secondly, we are to obey the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God who is meant to guide and instruct us. It is important not to grieve the Holy Spirit by disobeying his instructions and thereby causing him to leave us.
Thirdly, we are expected to obey our parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.” (Eph. 6:1). “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” (Col. 3:20).
We are also expected to obey our masters. “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God” (Col. 3:22). We are expected to obey elders and authorities too (i.e. governments, school, etc.)

Disobedience is a great sin unto God. Moses was commanded by God to stretch forth his rod to the rock for water to come out but he disobeyed by hitting the rock with his rod. This act caused him not to reach the promised land because God was angry at him.
Saul had half obedience, preserving the best of the Amalekites’ livestock of which God had commanded him to utterly destroy. He also brought back Agag, the king of Amalek. Due to this act, he was rejected by God from being king over Israel. (I Sam. 15)
Abraham had a prompt obedience. He left the land of Haran, as he was instructed by God, for the land of Canaan. (Gen. 12). He never hesistated to offer his only son Isaac until he was given a ram instead of his son. Because of his obedience, he was blessed and he became the father of many nations.

The rewards of obedience include:
1.    Multiple blessings (Deut. 11:13-25)
2.    Preservation of life/long life on earth (Eph. 6:3)
3.    Gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32)
4.    Peace of mind
Beloved reader, is there still anything in your life, that is holding you back from God? Something that God is asking you to let go of but you are still holding on to? He has asked you to deliver a message to his people but you have ignored. I implore you by the mercies of God, to obey that instruction that he laid on your heart. Remember, obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Remain blessed.
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