Devo Obedience and our future Part 9
Malachi 3:13-18 (NIV)
13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.
“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’
14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
It is not only zeal for obeying God’s word that will change the future but is obedience in doing the mundane. This is the famous chapter on tithing. Obedience in the everyday walk and in a week after week walk will bring a distinction in your life that will last for generations. These, the faithful in Christ, will be lifted up. Don’t grow weary in well doing for you will have your reward. Consistency and faithfulness will win at the end of the day. No other thing in my life has led me to a closer walk with God or brought more anointing in my life.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Obedience and our future Part 4
2 Samuel 12:9-14 (NIV)
9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
Saul’s rejection of God was rejection of God’s word was against the kingdom, but David’s was personal. David would suffer both personally and so would the kingdom. God called David’s sin a despising of God’s word. Ouch that hurts. To sin is to despise Jesus. Makes you look at sin more personal. David and the kingdom would pay a high price for David’s sin. It caused a civil war, the loss of David’s and Bathsheba’s first born son, and many lives lost. Think about it, not only those who live but those who would have if David had not sinned. It had a generational effect. The descendants of the dead would not be born. We can have a positive effect on our generation and those to come or a negative one. God took away David’s sin but the consequences remained.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane