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Obedience to Jesus
Always Brings Blessings

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)
Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. (KJV)
Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. (KJV)
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: (KJV)  
Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (KJV)  
Luke 6:47-49 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (KJV)
Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (KJV)
John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (KJV)  
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (KJV)
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (KJV)  
1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (KJV)  
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (KJV)  

We are blessed indeed if we hear the word of God, and keep it. This simple request of Jesus often serves as stepping-stones to some of life’s most wonderful blessings.

Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.
Luke 5:1-11 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2  And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3  And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7  And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10  And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11  And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (KJV)

Many times when Jesus preached, large crowds would press against Him. On this day, the Lord wanted to use Peter’s boat as place where he could speak to the multitude, so He asked the future apostle to take the boat out a little way from the shore (vs.3). This was not such a big request. But when Peter agreed to Jesus’ request, it opened the way for a life-changing blessing. I think this is a valuable lesson for all of us. We can learn how necessary it is to obey God in even the smallest matters.
When Jesus finished His Message to the multitude, He told Peter to Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets (vs.4). This was Peter’s second chance to say yes or no to Jesus. This time Peter probably was tempted to say no. Peter was an experienced fisherman, and he had worked the entire night for a catch but had not caught a thing.
Now this young teacher (carpenter) was asking Peter to go fishing again. Peter’s response reveals the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God. Peter said “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (vs.5).
The soon-to-be disciple (and apostle) chose to obey the Lord and to leave the result of his decision to the lord.
Let us seriously consider just what happened as a result of Peter’s obedience . . . Jesus demonstrated His power and sovereignty. Peter and his partners started the day thinking their efforts had yielded nothing . . . but it ended in complete amazement because they pulled in not one but TWO boatloads overflowing of fish (vs.7). Saying yes to the Lord’s request resulted in a miracle that transformed not only one fisherman’s life but the lives of the entire group.

Consider three reasons why obedience is critical to our successful Christian life:

  1. Obeying God in small matters is a big step to receive God’s greatest blessings. What if Peter would have said: “I’m busy cleaning my nets right now. I can’t help You.” Or he could have said, “Why don’t You ask to use that other boat, over there?” Or, “I’ve already been fishing today; they are not biting.” If Peter had said anything other than YES . . . he would have missed the greatest fishing experience of his life and a tremendous blessing! But Peter obeyed . . . and the Lord prepared a miracle that he would never forget. Dear one, God’s greatest blessings sometimes come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very minor or unimportant.
  2. Our obedience always benefits others. Think of how many people were blessed by Peter’s obedience. The multitude saw the Lord and heard His Message. Jesus Himself also benefited because He was able to sit down in comfort while He spoke (vs.3). And certainly Peter and his friends had a very profitable day . . . two boats so full of fish that both began to sink. And last but certainly not least, they had the chance to SEE the Lord’s miraculous provision. God often rewards others especially those closest to us, as a result of our obedience. For example, when a father obeys the Lord, his entire family reaps the reward of God’s blessings. And too, a child’s obedience will bless his or her parents. BUT . . . a warning: this does not mean that those who choose to disobey the Lord will escape His discipline. When we live obedient lives, those who know and love us will sense the peace and joy He has given us. Instead of conflict, there will be contentment.  
  3. When we obey God, we will never be disappointed. Peter no doubt expected that Jesus’ fishing instructions would just be a waste of time. But when he obeyed with the Lord’s simple request, Christ brought about a miracle that gripped the disciple’s heart.  Jesus turned that empty boat into a FULL one. We, like Peter, must be aware that obeying God is ALWAYS the wisest choice. He can also take our problems and change them into something wonderful . . . IF we obey Him! Have you hesitated to obey God because you fear the end result of your decision? We all need to have more faith (Lk.17:5). I think that the Lord’s command is for us is to fear Him above all else. Fear = adore, love, respect, reverence, worship. The same sovereign, omnipotent God who keeps our hearts beating and the planets orbiting is more than able to handle the results of your obedience. He will always do only what is best for us! When He tells us to do something and we know without a doubt it is His will, then we need to obey. When we choose to obey the Lord, He will bless us.

Obedience always leads to blessing. The reward of obedience is contentment, peace and joy that compares to nothing this world has to offer. Let us all set a goal to obey the Lord and watch Him work in our life.

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