If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best the land produces…
– Isaiah 1:19
Read: Deuteronomy 8:1-10; John 15:8-14
There are 3 major components of the covenant: The first is the ‘Command.’ It is impossible to enjoy the full benefits of God’s covenant without taking heed to the commands. These commands are not open to dialogue, negotiation, or democratic vote. Thank God for democracy and all its benefits. But God doesn’t subject Himself or His instructions to a voting process. I know that sounds harsh and maybe even autocratic. But remember God has been here longer than any of us, and He is God. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent; and He has never been wrong. So it’s safe to follow Him. If God says something to you, do yourself a favor and obey regardless of how ridiculous it sounds. When you willingly obey God’s commands, you position yourself to enjoy the blessings of prosperity. If you rationalize God’s instructions and do your own thing or obey partially, you are on your own! I once read in brother Kenneth Copeland’s writing where he said, “God’s will is God’s bill.” If you choose your own way, however, He won’t stop you, but you may get swallowed like Jonah. The Bible says God’s commands are not grievous. They won’t hurt you, they will bless you. The late Rev. Kenneth Hagin (of blessed memory) said, “It doesn’t cost to obey God, it pays.” It may feel like it costs temporarily but you’ll see eventually that it pays. So whatever you are instructed to do through God’s Word, or God’s messengers, or God’s Spirit, get down to it and begin to do it joyfully. When you do, you will find the blessings of the covenant flowing in your life.