As A Sign Of True Faith
We are exercising our confession of faith and commitment of love to God when we choose to obey Him. (See 1 John 5:2-3.) If we only say with our mouth that we believe in God yet do nothing of what He tells us, we are no different from the devils and demons who tremble and believe (James 2:17-19).
Active faith is what breeds the perfect environment for the supernatural blessing of God. When you have an active faith, you can receive supernatural healing, deliverance, divine warnings of danger up ahead, provision, and protection.
Your active faith allows you to stay connected to and abiding in the vine. Psalm 91 is a perfect example of one who is walking in the blessing of obedience.
Your obedience to God's direction and instruction for your life says that you trust and believe that He knows what's best for you, that you honor your commitment to follow Him, and that you understand that your perspective on overcoming life's challenges are limited. Anything less than obedience is just lip service.
In order to receive the blessing of God, you must demonstrate that He is Lord of your life. Obedience is the testing ground that proves that. He wants you to be His, and He wants to be yours.
He has life for you, but you have to give your broken-down life back to Him and follow His plan for success, prosperity, and peace.
If you are a parent, you may understand it better in these terms: You tell your child to stay close to the front yard. "Stay where I can see you," you say. If your child goes outside of the boundaries you set, how can you protect them if a car comes speeding up the street or a questionable person approaches them with a piece of candy? Obedience is a lifesaver in many cases.
Obedience says, "God, I trust You with my life. Therefore I will love You by keeping Your Word in my heart so that I will not sin against You and risk losing Your favor and blessing, because they are life and breath to me."
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.
John Eckhardt is an Apostle and Bishop of Crusaders Church Chicago. John Eckhardt has experienced a strong apostolic calling and has ministered throughout the United States and abroad in more than 70 nations.