21.10.19 BLESSINGS FLOW
BLESSINGS FLOW FROM OBEDIENCE.
When we walk in obedience and faithfulness there is no need to ask for blessings. Blessings are a natural consequence/outcome of obedience and faithfulness, for that is God’s will for believers to walk in accordance with His commands, precepts, and individual instructions – i.e., whatever He has shown and given to any single individual to do, that becomes for that individual an assignment, a command.
We have the validation and confirmation for this principle directly from Jesus/Yeshua Himself:
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.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “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.
24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
Further to this, Jesus/Yeshua makes it perfectly clear that He was here on earth to fulfill the assigned work/fulfill the commands of His Father:
“. . . but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
“. . . I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.”
29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
Just as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob commanded Moses and the following prophets what to speak, and what to do, likewise the Son of Man came to do the the Father’s bidding.
In these (above) Words, Jesus/Yeshua is reinforcing the Words given to the Israelites through Moses:
3 ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
4 then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing;
you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;
I will rid the land of evil beasts,
and the sword will not go through your land.
7 You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.
8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.
9 ‘For I will look on you favourably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.
11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.
12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves;
I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.
14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,
15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,
Many are taught that all the promises belong to every believer regardless of whether or not they walk in obedience to God’s Word. But that is incorrect.
Whether in Old Testament or New Testament, the message is consistent. Take note of the number of times the little words, such as “if,” “when,” often followed by “then” make it so clear that the blessings are conditional – conditional to obedience, faithfulness, holiness, righteousness.
It is time that God’s people began probing His Word for themselves and making meaning directly from the Truth that is there, rather than simply relying on some other source to interpret meaning.
There was a time when common people were illiterate, and God made allowance for their ignorance. They had no choice but to depend of the interpretation of prophets, priests, and/or pastors. However, that has changed. There are few remaining tribes where this may still hold true; but most of the developed world is literate and the no one will have an excuse when they stand before Almighty God on judgment day, that Great Day of the Lord. We will each be accountable on the basis on what Truth we know, what Truth we have had access to, and what we did with it. The Prophet, Priest, and Pastor will certainly be held accountable for what they taught; but the general population of modern times, having access to all information first-hand will not be covered by Prophets, Priests, or Pastors, neither spouses, nor anything or anyone else, for God’s Word clarifies that:
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Paul stated, as he neared the end of his time on earth, that: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim.4:8); and James 1:12 states: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’. Deduce for yourself what this means.
SCRIPTURES taken from NKJV
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