THE BENEFITS OF OBEYING GOD

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 1:1-3:30) were young Jewish men who served with their comrade, Daniel, in the palace of king Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. They were exceptionally gifted, strikingly good looking and God fearing and owing to their sterling qualities, they got rapid promotion to the highest echelon of governance in Babylon.

At a time, the king made an image of gold and ordered everyone to fall down and worship it at the sound of certain musical instruments. He also ordered that whoever disobeyed his instruction, should be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. But contrary to his expectation, the young men disobeyed him, instead they obeyed God’s commandment which says: ”You shall not make for yourself a carved image …; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them…” (Exodus 20:4-5). And for this reason, they were bound and thrown into the burning furnace but God saved them.

Above popular account contains some model benefits that come with obeying God.  Let us go into them in turn.

1.  Divine Protection.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the burning fiery furnace but four men, all unbound and unscathed, were later spotted in it; the fourth being like the Son of God.  That means Jesus was on hand to protect them.  This confirms what the bible says in Isaiah 43:2 viz., ”…When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you”.  Friend, as you walk through the ‘fires’ of life each day please, choose to obey God and He’ll protect you all the way through in Jesus name.  Amen.

2.  Divine Promotion.  The young men were summarily promoted after disobeying the king’s commandment and obeying God’s.  Please let us not be under any illusion that their promotion was initiated by King Nebuchadnezzar.  No it wasn’t!  As a matter of fact, it was from God and the Psalmist corroborated this clear as follows:  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:6-7).  Therefore, if you genuinely desire promotion in any area of your life, for example, your health, family, education, professional calling, ministry, finance, business, etc., please pray to God about it as from now on.  Obey whatever He tells you about it strictly as well, and you’ll have it in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Divine Blessings.  Their willingness to obey God and the resultant promotion must have enabled them to enjoy loads of breath-taking blessings in Babylon.  This proves that Isaiah 1:19 is right.  It says:  ”If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land’’.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were willing and obedient, and they ate the good of the land of Babylon.  If you are willing and obedient too, you shall eat the good of the land where you are domiciled in Jesus name.  Amen.

4.  Divine Evangelism. The King was astonished when he discovered that the Jewish young men were unharmed inside the burning fiery furnace, so he blessed God, and made a critical pronouncement compelling his citizens to transfer their allegiance to God with immediate effect.  In Daniel 3:28-29, he said: ”Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this”.  This is a divinely engineered Evangelism!   If you make it a priority to obey God too, you will be noticed someday, and people will glorify God through you, and transfer their allegiance to Him: ”Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

5.  Heavenly Joy.  I believe a lot of souls must have been won for God because of the king’s heartfelt pronouncement, and there must have been great rejoicing in Heaven as a result: ”Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).  No doubt, that was a huge feat, which you too can replicate it if you win souls for God.

6.  Heavenly Rewards.  I believe a lot of souls must have been won for God because of the king’s heartfelt pronouncement, and there must have been great rejoicing in Heaven as a result: ”Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents’’ (Luke 15:10).  I also believe that the young men must have been suitably rewarded in Heaven:  ”Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8).  Likewise, if you win souls for God on earth, be rest assured that it shall be counted as a big deal for you (Proverbs 11:30), and you will be adequately rewarded also in Jesus name.  Amen.

As you can see from above, it is advantageous to obey God at all times so; I encourage you to do more in this regard henceforth so that you can partake in the resultant massive benefits. If God asks you to serve Him more, please obey Him, if He asks you to change your job, obey Him; if He wants you to start a specific business, obey Him; if He asks you to propose to a particular sister or to accept a marriage proposal from a brother; Obey Him; if He asks you to study a particular course or to learn a particular trade, obey Him; if He asks you to change your location so that you situation can change, please obey Him; etc. and in the end, you’ll have every reason to rejoice in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2010

THE BENEFITS OF TRUSTING GOD

I am doing this write up as a follow up to the one I did last week titled ‘The Reasons For Trusting God’, which you can access on my website by clicking the following link http://www.mindofchrist.org./?s=the+reasons+for+trusting+god;

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths”.

Above is a very popular passage, and it highlights the fact that trusting God is beneficial.  Please permit me to mention a few of the benefits of trusting God here, hoping that you’ll be motivated to trust Him more. They are:

1.  Divine Confidence.  The Psalmist’s life was laden with fear on numerous occasions, but on each occasion, he trusted God, and then gained divine confidence to overcome his fear.  He referred to one of such occasions in this fashion: ”…In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.  What can flesh do to me?’’ (Psalm 56:3).

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58) were two differing people.  While David was an ordinary shepherd of average built, Goliath was a visibly huge warrior of Philistine extraction.  David was humble, but Goliath was very mouthy and loud.  At a time, Jesse, his father, sent him to the war front to deliver supplies to his brother.  It was there that he saw how rude Goliath was to God, and he offered to fight him.  He trusted God to give him victory over Goliath and his army, and he was not disappointed.  God is still in the business of replacing peoples’ fears with divine confidence to date.  He will do it for you too, if you allow Him!

2.  Divine Direction.  The renowned King Solomon mentioned this benefit as follows: ”Trust the Lord with all your heart….And He shall direct your paths’’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).

In Acts 9:1-19, it is recorded that Saul (later Paul) haunted and arrested the disciples of the Lord in the synagogues of Damascus, and brought them bound to Jerusalem to be persecuted.  But one day, God arrested Him in a spectacular way, and asked him to proceed to a man called Ananias, who later laid hands on him.  Consequently, he regained his sight and was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Saul trusted God, and he was given divine direction, which ushered him into his remarkable ministry on earth.  You too can do remarkably well on earth if you wish; but you must be prepared to trust God first, and He will give you divine direction to your success in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Divine Strength.  God is willing to give you enduring strength continuously, provided you put your trust in Him.  Prophet Isaiah gave credence to this notion when he said: ”Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4).

Judges 16:1-31, gives an account of how Samson, a judge over Israel, and a pain in the necks of the Philistines, fell for Delilah.  His close relationship with this woman, led to his downfall and ultimate death.  But before he died, he repented of his sin, turned his heart to God, and He forgave him.  Not only that, he trusted God to avenge the humiliations the Philistines meted out on him.  God later gave him a mind-blowing strength, which he used to push the pillars of the temple where numerous people gathered together to be amused by him.  Consequently, the pillars collapsed, and everybody in it, including Samson, was killed.  If you are truly sincere about staying afloat, and doing well on earth, then you need trust God for divine strength, and He will unleash it on you beyond your imagination in Jesus name.  Amen.

4.  Divine Victory.  In confirming the availability of this benefit arising from trusting God, the Psalmist said: ”Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

Jephthah (Judges 11) was a mighty man of valor who grew up with his half-brothers in Gilead.  At a time in his life, he was due for his inheritance from their father, but his brother denied him of it; just because his mother was a harlot.  He later fled for his dear life and lived in a location called Tob, where he met some worthless blokes and raided with them.  After some time, his people were attacked by the Amorites and their existence became threatened.  Then, the elders of his clan went looking for him, because they knew he was the only person who could save them.  Of course, he obliged them but not until after he had extracted a promise that they would make him their overall head from them.  Jephthah was so sure of victory that he made a vow to God in return, and He was not disappointed.  Perhaps you desire outstanding victory in certain areas of your life, e.g. your work/walk with God, health, finance, business, education, relationship, family set up, etc., please trust God for it, and it will come to pass in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friends, as you can see, the benefits of trusting God are stunning and I believe you’ll be happy to enjoy them too.  If so, please pray to God to give them to you straight away. In addition, make sure you do not stop trusting Him even if you have to repeat your prayer time and again because He will surely reward you at some point (Hebrews 11:6). May the good Lord fill your heart with joy and your mouth with praise as you trust Him continually in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(C) Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Luke 12:15

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.