February 20, 2018

Exodus 3:12 (NLT) — 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”

‘Four letter words’ usually carry with them a bad reputation. And, of course, because of that I am not going to print them out. However in Christianity there is a four letter word that is key to living the Christian life and it is essential in unlocking all of the blessings that God has for us. What is that four letter word? It is obey.

God has just asked Moses to go back to Egypt and deliver his people from the bondage of the Egyptians. Obviously obedience is implied here. God is saying to Moses that when you obey what I have just told you, you will find yourself and your people right back here at this mountain worshiping me free from the rule of Egypt. Moses’ obedience would bring freedom. Just think of all the things that control us when we don’t obey the Lord. Lets go to Luke 6 which was also on our reading for today.

Luke 6:27–35 (NLT) — 27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you. 32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. 35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.

All of this obedience will bring about a great reward in heaven and all of this obedience will identify us as God’s children.

Luke 6:37–38 (NLT) — 37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

If we obey we will not be judged or condemned and we will be forgiven. If we obey we will receive back way more than what we gave! Big giving = big getting.

Luke 6:46–49 (NLT) — 46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Obedience guarantees that your life will not fall apart in the midst of the great storms of life.

Lets move on to 1Corinthians 7.

1 Corinthians 7:14 (NLT) — 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.

The bible knows nothing of believing without obeying. So a believing wife and a believing husband bring a godly influence and God’s protection into their homes. Remember God would not have destroyed Sodom had he found 10 godly people in the city. The problem was that he couldn’t find that many obeying people.

Genesis 18:32 (NLT) — 32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

Obedience brought about the miracle of changing water to wine. As the servants took the water to the head waiter it changed into wine. (John 2).

Just think, one four letter word is the secret to living the Christian life and the key to unlocking all of God’s blessings and miracles. Makes me want to obey… You?

Be Inspired Hilltop!