Luke 11:28 Blessed rather are those hear the Word of God and keep it!
John 13:17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them!
Job 36:11 NLT If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.
Obedience to God's Word unlocks the keys to all blessings in our lives. It gives us the ability to walk in the fullness of Abraham's promised blessings. To obey God means that we do all that God tells us to do, by His Spirit and by His Word. Then, as we obey His written Word and heed to the leading of the Holy Spirit, the end result is that God will make us the head and not the tail.
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if you do these things you shall never fall.
James, the earthly brother of Jesus, said not to be just a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word in James 1:22. But we don't just listen to God's word. We must do what it says. Otherwise, we are only fooling ourselves.
James said that if we love Jesus, we should obey Him.
The prophet Samuel said in First Samuel 15:22 NLT of the Old Testament; 'But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD, your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams."'
Obeying God is a day-to-day act of walking in faith and following His Word. The Holy Spirit will prompt you in many ways that may seem small, but as you obey His voice, you will learn to hear more clearly and gain confidence to step out in faith.
Jesus said in Luke 6:47 "Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a wise man who digged deep and builds his house on the rock..."
In Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.
Love is based on obedience, not how we feel, but on what we do. Our faith only works by our love.
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ neither circumcision avails anything nor un-circumcision but faith that works by love!
Obedience is the only standard of measure of our love in God's reckoning. Obedience energizes our hearts with faith. Obedience causes us to do the very things Satan fears we will do, such as spending time with God, studying the Word and learning to listen to the Word being taught at church.
We may know the basics of God's will, and obey His Word by living a righteous and moral life, but there are specifics to His plan for our lives that can only be found through time spent with Him in prayer, reading the Word and listening to what He says through the pastoral teaching. Priority one is being obedient to make time for Him in our everyday lives above other pursuits that bring us pleasure and relaxation; such as, films, sports etc.
What many do not realize is that there is a high cost to disobedience.
It takes only a moment’s reflection to realize that the cost of disobedience has been high. The world as we know it is not the good world God originally created, nor do we human beings resemble the image of God in which we were first made. Tragically, that image has been tarnished and the world is filled with sin, sorrow, and suffering.
The “break” from God's plan began with one act of disobedience by our first parents in the Garden of Eden. By a deliberate choice that was rooted in pride and unbelief, they acted in defiance of God’s revealed will. Their self-centered drive for autonomy to manage their own lives apart from God, was passed down to every human being ever since. That is why we must be born again and choose to obey God's Word every day.