The power of your trust and obedience: Trust and obey
In times past, TEN powerful words were prevalent in the spiritual growth and developments of Christians. The Words TRUST, FAITH, BELIEVE, OBEY, PRAYER, WORSHIP, SERVE, LOVE, EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP were always the recurring decimal in the lives of God’s people. These Words can never be substituted in the spiritual development of any believer. These words were the catalyst for our Christian growth and development. Growing up, we were taught the Power of Trust, Faith, Believe, Obey, Prayer, Worship, Service, Evangelism and Discipleship.
Today, so many Christians are not happy because these key fundamental words of the Christian life are missing. The songwriter said to be HAPPY in JESUS, is to TRUST AND OBEY. It is obvious that if you TRUST God, you will have faith in Him and if you have faith in Him, you will ultimately believe His Word. John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: YE BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.” God commands us to trust in Him. PROVERBS 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” JESUS also commands us to have faith in God. Mark 11:22 “And JESUS answering saith unto them, HAVE FAITH IN GOD.” We are expected to believe God when we pray. Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE THEM, and ye shall have them.”
We are expected to believe God. Hebrews 11:6 “BUT WITHOUT FAITH it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” The Blessing of the LORD is upon those who trust in Him. Jeremiah 17: 7-8 “BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH IN THE LORD, and whose hope the LORD is; For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
God FIGHTS for those who trust in Him. 1 Chronicles 5:20 “And they WERE HELPED against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: FOR THEY CRIED to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them; because THEY PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM.” Psalm 37:39-40 “But the SALVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS OF THE LORD: He is their STRENGTH in THE TIME OF TROUBLE; and the LORD SHALL HELP THEM, AND DELIVER THEM: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because THEY TRUST IN HIM.” God goes all out to deliver those who put their trust in Him. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”
Those who trust in the LORD will always enjoy perfect peace because as we look to Him, we become radiant, our faces are not ashamed. Psalm 34:5 “They looked unto Him, and WERE LIGHTENED: and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 125:1 “They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which CANNOT BE REMOVED, but ABIDETH FOREVER.” When you trust in the LORD, you will NOT BE DEVASTATED, removed or uprooted.
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” Today, no matter who you are, you must trust in the LORD – twenty four hours a day, seven days in a week. Job 36:11 “If they OBEY AND SERVE HIM, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” God says our prosperity is tied to our obedience. JESUS has purchased prosperity for us through His Holy Sacrifice and our prosperity is appropriated as we follow His instructions. God hates DISOBEDIENCE AND REBELLION. 1 Samuel 15: 22-23 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, and to hearken than the fat of rams; For rebellion is as the SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, and stubbornness is as INIQUITY AND IDOLATRY.
Because thou hast rejected the Word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” It is shocking that the idol worshipper and the one who practices witchcraft, are in the same class with anyone who practices disobedience. Today, who do we trust and obey? Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away. Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh, nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in JESUS, but to trust and obey. Trust and obey the LORD today, your life will be transformed.
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