Obedience: The key to prosperity

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Trust-Obey-2009It has become commonplace in the church today to see pastors and spiritual leaders declare blessings on their congregation. I see this everyday: “You are blessed! You are blessed when you come in and go out; you are the head and not the tail,” blah, blah, blah.

Leaders please, I’m not against this but seriously, tell your members the truth! Members, please read the bible for yourselves. Most of these blessings have conditions attached to them! Without fulfilling those conditions, you are not entitled to those blessings. Just as unbelievers are not entitled to heaven, so are those who do not fulfill certain criteria not qualified for the blessings of God.

My reading of Deuteronomy 28 opened my spiritual eyes and gave me insight into this. In fact, I love Deuteronomy 28. It’s stuffed with serious blessings. As a matter of fact, most of the blessings declared in churches today are from this chapter. I have tried to summarize the most striking of these blessings below:

1. You are blessed in the city and in the country.
2. You are blessed in in your going out and in your coming in.
3. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven (this one is very popular)
4. The Lord will bless everything you put your hands to.
5. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity.
6. You are the head and not the tail
7. You will always be at the top and never at the bottom.

Before these blessings are listed in the bible however, there are conditions attached. I quote this below:

Deuteronomy 28: 1&2
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God”

Hallelujah! It’s automatic. Bible says once you fully obey the Lord your God, the blessings automatically follow. It’s funny how these basic doctrines and principles have disappeared in biblical teachings today. We teach prosperity, without teaching the underlying requirement for it. Obedience is the key. The chapter continues to declare that whoever does not obey will have the opposite. In fact, the warning is so strong that Moses literally lists each of those curses:
1. You are cursed in the city and in the country.
2. Your children are cursed and your crops and animals are also cursed.
3. You are cursed in your going out and coming in.
4. The Lord will curse everything you set your hands to do.
5. You will not have good health.
6. The sky over your head will be bronze and the earth underneath iron.
7. You will come at your enemies in one direction but flee in seven directions.
8. Your carcass will be food for the birds.
9. You will not enjoy the fruit of your labor.
10. The alien will be the head, you will be the tail
11. You will never find rest and will always be anxious.
12. The worst of these curses is in the last verse; that you will sell yourself as a slave and yet no one will buy you.

Beloved these curses are serious. And we ought to know that being blessed is not a matter of just going to church. Neither is it just a matter of declaring blessings. I have personally resolved to obey God. I will obey the written word of God. I will obey the spoken word of God, because I desire to prosper. Obedience is the key to prosperity. What do you think?

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  • mark alcock

    You wrote above : ” It’s stuffed with serious blessings.”

    Spiritually spkg and always asking the HS for spiritual discernment ,indeed with sensitivity too , methinks the word * stuffed * is too casual and secular i.e. inept and could be replaced by Biblical alike words like ; blessed or filled .Do u agree ? Theology student.

    • http://www.loverealm.org Yaw Ansong

      Mark, I don’t really know what to say. I wish you rather focused on the main message: OBEY GOD! Give your life to Christ mark. OK?

      Whether this word is casual or not, I don’t know. Doesn’t matter? I don’t know either. The important thing is that I’ve fulfilled the will of God.

  • CHECHAPTIL AMOAH

    obeying the Lord isn’t that easy as we make it sound…for is not doing ur normal household chores…i will say it goes beyond that, for we all know that the enemy with his legions of principalities will try as hard as possible to make it impossible…so when we are praying lets rather pray for the strength of the Lord so that we will be able to do accordingly as his will and remember also that with God all things are possible…
    Amen…

    • http://www.loverealm.org Yaw Ansong

      Amen. Jesus himself makes this clear: Apart from me you can do nothing John 15:5. Reliance on the spirit is the key to obedience, which is the key to success. Invariably, this means reliance on God is the key to success.

  • Emmanuel

    I have checked through the scriptures and found out there were no miracles without an act of obedience ,the first miracle Jesus did was an act of obedience exhibited by his disciples for his mother Mary told them whatever things he tells you to do do it,John 2:5, IT IS HOWEVER WORTHY TO KNOW THAT MIRACLES AND PROSPERITY OCCURS AT THE POINT OF OBEDIENCE AND ACTION TO GODS WORD AND HIS PROPHET
    S ,JUST OBEY

    • Yaw Ansong

      So true. It’s funny how we preach prosperity today without obedience. The whole Deuteronomy 28 speaks about this:

      If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands ….All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:… You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

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