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Why do you Obey? Because of what God will do to you if you don't?

Why do you Obey? Because of what God will do to you if you don't? These are some questions we get in reference to obeying God's commandments as seen in scripture. If we remember we are either walking as the Messiah walked; in righteousness by obeying His commandments. Or we disobey and choose to sin, which is transgression of God's commandments. Most believers agree with this BUT when you mention the Lord's Sabbath, the Feasts of the Lord or His dietary instructions many get combative and confused. This is usually when the questions of "Why do you obey? Because of what God will do to you if you don't?" Here is a simple story to illustrate the point...

Two young boys were walking down an old city street that had old empty warehouse with lots of glass windows. One boy said to the other "Hey lets get some rocks and break those windows!" The other boy said "Na, I don't think thats a good idea." To this the first boy mocked him and said "Why? Because of what your Father would do to you?" The boy looked seriously into the others boy's eyes and said...

"No, I don't want to because of what it would do to my Father."

You see having faith and obeying the commandments of God is not an either, or situation; nor is it because we think the Father will punish us. Rather its what it would to do Him. How would the Father feel if His child broke the law? It would break His heart that one of His children would do such a thing. Ever seen a rebellious teenager, or were you one in the past? Remember how much of a strain on the relationship it brought about within the family? The same rebelliousness is seen throughout the scriptures where His children rebelled and soon engaged in continued sin. This breaks the Father's heart and it distances our relationship with Him and those around us (our neighbors).

Another reason we obey is that we are new creatures in Christ who have been saved from sin and death. We are now to walk as the Messiah walked and do God's good works. This is how we can be holy as He is holy; by being set apart from the world of wickedness and not chasing after the evil deeds of the flesh. Consider these scriptures...

"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the FLESH (sin = transgressing God's commandments) and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1

So as believers who are saved by grace through faith, we are not supposed to engage in continued sin but be set apart, holy and walk in reverence to Him and His word. So when we continue to feed the FLESH what does that result in?

"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 6:8

This clear to see but does everlasting life work with obeying God's commandments? Lets look to the scriptures and find out...

"but now having been set free from sin (breaking God's commandments) and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life." Romans 6:22

So if we do not sin but obey His commandments there is everlasting life. Not convinced? Turn to the book of Matthew and look at the words of Jesus...

"So He said to him, "why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. BUT if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." Matthew 19:17

Now many believers tend to think Jesus came and did away with God's law and His commandments. However Jesus NEVER told His disciples, the people or the Pharisees that God's commandments would be done away with. This is proved again in the New Testament...

"Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters." 1 Corinthians 7:19

"Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who said, "I know Him" and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandments is the word which you heard from the beginning." 1 John 2:3-7

"This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it." 2 John 1:6

So we are to have faith AND keep the commandments of God from a loving heart. These commandments are from the beginning and they are found in the first five books of the bible that contains God's commandments. Now being a doer of the word results in everlasting life. Lets fast forward to the book of Revelation and see if this is true...

"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the TREE OF LIFE, and may enter through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14

Wow! This huge because we are saved from sin (breaking His commandments) which brings death to a life where we get to obey and walk in freedom and liberty from sin! This results in being given the RIGHT to the tree of life. Now many may say "I have never seen these scriptures before!" and that is because most pastors are not fully taught what God's word actually teaches. Many are taught the traditions and doctrines of men that do away with an obedient lifestyle. How can we be the light of the world if we continue in sin? Simply we cannot. So when someone asks why do we obey its because it would grieve the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to not do so; we also obey because we are NEW creatures whose nature has been changed from doing things that displeased the Father to now do the things that please Him...

"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us HOW you ought to walk and please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your SANCTIFICATION: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do NOT know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in the matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

For God did not call us to uncleanness but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Sanctification is NOT continuing in sin but walking in obedience! Obeying in scripture brings life and blessing; something that so many are in short supply today. The life is knowing the One who saved us and blessed in all we do. Ultimately He will return and make all things right after judgment. To those that continue in sin and are lawless - living their lives as if God did not give any commandments to obey - it will not be a good time. Remember our actions are our fruit and God's word equates obedience to life and disobedience as lawlessness...

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of the Father (not sinning) in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name and done many wonders in Your name?" And I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:21-23

This warning from the Messiah Himself should give us pause - that we should examine our lives to see if we are walking as He did. If we do, then at the end of the age will we not only have the right to the tree of life but He will say...

"His Lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord."

Matthew 25:23

Pray, seek God, examine your life against His word and walk as He did. Stephen


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