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August 5, 2021

Today’s Promise

Obedience Brings Joy

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches..
Psalm 119:14

Walking in Obedience

Like so many things in the Christian walk, receiving joy from obeying God doesn’t seem to make sense. The thought of obedience often brings images of restrictions, rules, and regulations. How could obeying God be a joy? 

The Psalmist says we can rejoice over obeying God the way a person rejoices over finding an envelope of money, seeing their stocks go up, or discovering a hidden treasure. 

Here are four short reasons why you can rejoice in obeying the Lord.

First, obedience produces a blessed life. When you walk in God’s will, you walk in God’s blessing. Jesus said that those who seek righteousness and have a pure heart will be blessed. As I have mentioned before, those who are blessed live in the favor of God.

Second, obedience keeps you from harm. God gives you His instruction for your good. When you follow the maintenance schedule for your car, it will last much longer. Why? Because the people who created the schedule built the car. They know how it works. As your creator, God knows what is best for you. Following God’s word keeps you on the right path, so you miss the snares and problems others face. Imagine all the problems our world would miss if we just obeyed God’s word.

Third, obedience pleases the Father. As a child of God, you want to please your Father. As you obey God’s word, you confess to the world that your Father is good and knows what is best for your life. When you walk in obedience to His Word, you honor Him in all you do.

Fourth, when you walk in obedience, you show your love for Christ. Jesus said those who love Him would obey His commandments. Your obedience to Christ is an expression of your love for Him. 

Let’s look at that promise once again.

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. – Psalm 119:14

Make these confessions.

  • It is my joy to be an obedient child of God.
  • I am blessed as I obey the commandments of the Lord.
  • When I walk in obedience, God protects me from harm.
  • When I obey God’s word, I honor God and show my love for Him.

In Jesus name,
Amen

The benefits of obedience far outweigh the cost of walking in disobedience. When you walk in obedience, joy will fill your life.

 

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  1. Mary Katherine Rush August 5, 2021 at 6:34 am - Reply

    I certainly find it joyful to walk in obedience. Sometimes it’s just difficult navigating the path He is leading you toward.
    I have experienced the blessings that come along with obedience therefore I strive to do what He is calling me to. Sometimes I fear NOT doing the right thing but He always seems to set me straight if I misstep along the way.

    • Billy Taylor August 5, 2021 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Mary, thanks for sharing – Billy

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