Monday, 26 November 2007

Obedience... a choice

Deut 10:12-13 reads: "12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. 13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. "

The dictionary describes being obedient as thus: obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority: an obedient son.

The decision to be obedient to God or even to man, is a choice we all have to make; every second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year! As children of God, a decision to be obedient to God means we are willing to; comply with His ways, His words, and His Authority. That we are ready to embrace His will and His kingdom in our lives right?

Imagine a father teaching his son defined moral standards; it is the child's choice to either heed to the voices and lessons of his father, or simply go off and do his own thing!

Joshua 24:15 explains the free will and power of choices, it reads: "15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD".
God has indeed given us the power of free will, the power to choose between life and death, and we are encouraged to choose life!

By choosing life, it means we choose God. It means we choose to obey His will, His ways, His commandments; which leads to blessings. Not choosing God means we choose the opposite, curses and death!
The daily decisions we make, evenutally, become our reality, it becomes our way of life, our habit.
It is to our advantage to choose life and submit in obedience to God! Why? Well, the Bible teaches us that God is pleased whenwe obey Him, so much so that He rewards us for simply being obedient! Really? That's right! Below are 5 ways (there are loads more) that God can use to reward and bless us, when we choose to obey Him:
  • God is a friend to those who obey Him. John 15:14 confirms this "14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you".
  • God honours those who obey him with Promotion, He elevates and raises us up. Psalm 45:7 "7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
  • God honours with answered prayers: John 15:7 explains this perfectly "7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
  • God rewards and blesses with earthly inheritance : Deut 11: 8 - 9 "Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter. 9 If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!" Imagine that, a flowing with Milk and Honey, plus long life! wonderful!
  • God honours with heavenly blessings : Deut 11:13 - 14 " 13 “If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, 14 then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil."
  • well it couldn't possibly any better or more attractive than that!!
And as for disobedience, well the weight of the curses far outweighs the blessings of the Lord, as explained in Deut 28: 15 - 64 - too many to mention!!!

So the question for us today is thus; "what choices in obedience will we be making this very day?"
To lean towards the ways of the Lord, or be captivated by the smells and the makings of this world?
Have a wonderful day in obedience, getting to know the father and enjoying the blessings and rewards, He bestows upon those who love Him, choose to obey Him and call Him Abba Father. Not forgetting to make Him even more famous today than yesterday.

My choice... His will
Here for a reason
a purposed season
Choices revolving to embrace His will
praying attitudes and actions
bring honour to Him
Choices wrapped in the essece of obedience
Striving to live the gift of life
to it's possible best
Remi Banjo
©November 2007
Copyright 2005

Much Love
Remi Banjo


Anonymous said...


Obedience is a choice really and disobedience is a choice too. choose one over the other clearly has its consequences, no one would knowingly disobey God, which is why we have to work with the spirit who will lead and guide us into all obedience.

Much said.


Anonymous said...

hey girl,

its nice as well as scary to know that who, where and what we are today is as a result of the many choices we made yesterday. Like my pastor said, our life is the sum total of all the choices we have made.

Obedience is an underlying factor to all choices we make. the bottom line is to obey is better than sacrifice. "Kings kid"