"And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all of these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." Genesis 26:4, 5
IN JESUS TODAY!
Have you ever wondered why some people are blessed while others might not be? Well here is one reason why, here we see that God blesses obedience, and we know this also by reading and hearing testimonies and words such as, "So Samuel said: Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings as sacrifices, as in the obeying of the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22 Friends it is great to give praise to God, it is awesome to lift our hands in worship, and wonderful to proclaim his words, but it is never better than simply doing what God has asked us to do! It can never take the place of obeying God! Because Abraham obeyed! God is faithful to his word and he will always reward obedience. It is good to offer up sacrifice and praise, but what good is sacrifice and praise if we only give it to receive a reward and we fail to obey God in the other commandments that he asks of us? Lip service is transparent to a God that is all knowing! In doing this sacrifice and praise may or may not receive a reward, but the may's or may not's make obedience far better! Because obedience is guaranteed to receive! To obey God is much closer to his heart than to give him gifts, suppose you had a child that would once a week bring to you a gift, but in the other days of the week live their life against everything that you ever taught them, how would this be? God desires that we obey his teachings, and this is how we are blessed, as we read, "Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked." Proverbs 10:6
Because we are made righteous through obedience, and because we believe on Jesus as our Lord, God wants to multiply our resources, our families, and our friends, and all that we are through Jesus, he wants to give us the increase BECAUSE we obey his words!