Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Obedience Yields Fruit

Leviticus 26:9
I will look with favor upon you and make you fruitful and multiply you; and I will maintain my covenant with you.

Many of us are working really hard to make ends meet. Every morning we get up in hopes that our labor will yield the fruit we need to feed our families and pay the bills. we pursue higher education to give us an advantage over others in hopes of leveraging a better job, but often times there is something we neglect that is a crucial factor in our success. It’s our obedience to God’s Word. When we are obedient to the Word of God, we can be certain that His obligation toward our well being will work in concert with our efforts and yield a greater harvest than we could have gotten on our own.

God promised a few things for us when we obey him. He promised some blessings for following, keeping and observing God’s law and commandments.

1. Fertility of the land. Leviticus 26:4 I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. God will allow it to rain in our season and yield growth. In contrast to that, when we are disobedient God will make the sky like iron and the earth like bronze. We will sow seed but not see and see our enemies eat it. Our obedience is what makes us fruitful.

2. Security in the land. Leviticus 26:6 And I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid. When we are disobedient, we will lose sleep because our hedge of protection is removed and we will be afraid even when nobody is pursuing us. Obedience gives a security that ADT or Brinks can’t even give.

3. Triumph over our enemies. Leviticus 26:7-8 you will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

4. Prosperous offspring. Leviticus 26:9-10 'I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. 10 You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.

Dear God, thank you for blessing us when our hearts were obedient to your Word. Forgive us for our disobedience as we turn back to you. Please make us fruitful again without cutting us off. We are your people turning back to you; please heal our land and our hearts.

In Jesus Name,


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