(John 14:15 AMP) If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
While studying overflow we should also lay a special emphasis on ‘Obedience.’ I have shared already that obedience is the key that unlocks overflow and this week we will continue to flow in this vein.
Obedience is a dirty word for many in our society. Everyone bombard their youth with images of rebellion and disrespect daily over television, movies, and the internet. Submission to authority is frowned upon and freelance independence is celebrated. Unfortunately, many have attempted to carry this attitude into the church. We will see this week that there is safety and security in obedience to God and His Word. Webster defines obedience as “Compliance with a command, prohibition or known law; the performance of what is required by authority, or the abstaining from what is prohibited. To constitute obedience, the act or forbearance to act must be in submission to authority; the command must be known to the person, and his compliance must be in consequence of it, or it is not obedience.” There is a lot covered in this definition. Let’s take a closer look:
1. Obedience is compliance with a command. In our case, the commands of God are found in His Word.
2. Obedience is the performance of what is required by authority. Obedience is not obedience if you simply ‘say’ you will perform what is required, but fail to couple your words with action. James called faith that is not coupled with works (action), dead faith (James 2:18-26).
3. Obedience is abstaining from what is prohibited. Not only is obedience performing what is required by authority, but it is also not performing what is prohibited. Although we are under the dispensation of grace, covered by the blood of Jesus, and anointed by the Holy Spirit; it does not give us license to sin. Sin is still prohibited by God. Paul asked the question, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” He came right back and answered, “God forbid!” (Rom 6:1,2).
4. Knowledge of the command is required for Obedience. Obedience is not obedience if you are ignorant of the command. That is why it is important to read, study, and understand the Word of God (His commands). But also know that if you know better, you will be expected to DO better. James said, “If you don't do what you know is right, you have sinned” (4:17).
So what does this mean to you today? As previously stated, we will learn this week that there is both safety and security in obedience to God and His Word, but the question for today is – do you love God? Jesus said in our text that if you love Him, you would keep His commands. Or in other words, obedience is the test of love. Yes, we can believe God for our overflow in the coming days. Yes, we can declare God’s blessings over our lives. Yes, we can profess to be healed, healthy, blessed, and prosperous in every area of our lives. But if we fail to obey God with our actions, then we are simply giving God ‘lip service.’ Empty words mean nothing to God. Back up your words today with actions of love and obedience. Then you will see the Overflow!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I love You with all my heart, mind, soul, strength, and resources. Not only do I declare that with my lips, but I prove it with my actions. My actions line up with Your Word. I comply with Your commands. I perform what is required of me in your statutes. I abstain from sin and the very appearance of evil. I set my heart to do everything I know is right to do. As I know better, I do better. I love You Lord and my obedience unlocks Your Overflow in my life.
In Jesus’ name. Amen!
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