“IF YOU OBEY” – Pastor Oyewale Abel of Abba Father International, Nigeria, West Africa

Pastor Abel with his wife Margaret

IF YOU OBEY
Pastor Abel Oyewale
Abba Father Fellowship International
Nigeria, West Africa


A.God Commands Obedience

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I gave you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” (Deuteronomy 28:1)

If is a conditional word. The covenantal blessings of God for His people are premised on the condition of obedience. God Commands us to fully obey Him, not turning aside from any of the commands.God expects total, not selective, obedience.

The sin of the Amorites, “But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again for the iniquity of the Amorite.” ( Book of Genesis)

The sin of Amorites may have been part of why God dislodged them. Israel, privileged to occupy their place, should have therefore remembered that the only way to remain in the Promised Land was to remain faithful to the covenant-keeping God.

“And the Lord gave unto Israel all the Land which He sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it and dwelt therein.” (Book of Joshua)

God gave them possession of the Land as He had promised. Obedience and fidelity would be the best way to reciprocate His kind gesture, and their continued possession of the Land largely depended on this.

The need for obedience also became more evident in the fact that the survivors of those nation among them would continue to be divinely rendered powerless before Israel, as long as the latter adheed strictly and faithfully to Yahweh and His ways.

To all of us – we need to be reminded that the divine favour we enjoy is conditioned on our continued faithfulness to God.  Don’t we need such reminders each today? Think of it.

B. GODLY BLESSINGS ON THE OBEDIENT (DEUTERONOMY 28:2-14)

“All these blessings will come upon you and  accompany you if you obey the Lord your God”. (Deuteronomy 28:2)

Obedience attracts God’s blessings immediately, and as with Abraham, his obedient faith brought him immeasurable blessings. 

As it says in Deuteronomy 28:3, “Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.”

This verse highlighted few of the countless blessings that would attend Israel’s faithfulness:

– Blessings on the goings in and out of the obedient
– Divine Security
– Abundant all-round prosperity and countless stay in Promised Land
– Headship in all things

Please remember that all these blessings are premised on their continued obedience to God’s commands. God is forever faithful to His word. In fact, He has bound Himself by His word. Why would anyone then think that he or she can enjoy God’s blessings without total obedience to His word?

Brothers and sisters, the only way to be happy to the fullest in Jesus is to trust and obey Him without reservations.

May the God of Israel bless everyone reading this message, in Jesus Christ Name.

Shalom,

Pastor Abel Oyewale
Abba Father Fellowship International
Nigeria, West Africa
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