November 18, 2019 by maryruwe
Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Is following the same as obeying Him? It should be; they go together, but you and I both know that there are some who follow Him who don’t actually live their life in obedience to God’s Word. In other words, in their heart they follow with believing but that’s as far as it goes; there is no obedience to living according to those beliefs or in agreement with the Bible.
There will always be some who go to church who have never asked Jesus into their heart, just as there are some who believe and don’t attend church; and just as there are some who are saved and attend church but then don’t believe that healing and deliverance is for today.
But if the Word of God is true, then believers are not to forsake their assembling together (going to church) and fellowship with one another. (Hebrews 10:25) If the Word of God is true, then healing and deliverance is for today because Hebrews 13:5 states that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, if Jesus is the same, then He is still doing the same things He did when He physically walked on this earth; He just administers the power from a different location-heaven.
Think about this: there were many who followed Jesus around the cities where He preached and taught, but those same people didn’t always receive from Him. According to Mark 5:24-34, there were many who were following Jesus, and even touching Him, but only the woman with faith received her healing. This is also true today; many even follow Jesus by “touching Him” with church attendance but never activate their faith by believing and obedience and thereby never fully receive and walk in the blessings of God. Am I critical? No, I’m just stating a fact. If that truth describes you, you are the only one who can change that truth.
Remember, there are two types of judging. One is worldly, based on how Satan judges, with condemnation, to steal, kill, and destroy, and bring about death. The other is based on how God judges, with loving kindness, to bless and heal, and bring about life.
If judging is done correctly, it is simply an evaluating decision, based on truth. The Word of God is truth and therefore if we make a judgement based on His Word then His Word will set us free; free from condemnation, blame, and shame. Judging with love is judging with the heart of God.
There are consequences to our actions and how we live. If we want the good life, then we must opt to try to live according to the Word of God to bring His good life to us.
God judged Adam and Eve regarding their disobedience. (Genesis 3:1-24) The prophets judged the Israelite by speaking the Word of God. (Deuteronomy 18:18) John the Baptist judged Herodias and Herod Antipas because they lived together and were not married to each other (she was his brother’s wife). (Matthew 14:1-4)
To follow and obey Jesus we must be willing to examine ourselves and allow God to convict us of any sin in our lives, including our thoughts. To fully follow Jesus, we must obey His Word. To fully obey His Word, we must be will be willing to be confronted, be obedient, and be willing to change. To completely follow Him, and obey Him, we must have a willingness of heart. When we follow and obey Jesus, we will live according to His Word which brings life and blessings to us, and we will be a blessing to others.
Isaiah 1:19 tells us that, “if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things from the land”.