Day 28 Celebrating Immanuel
“Then Joseph being raised from sleep DID as the angel of the LORD had bidden (instructed) him. (Matthew 1:24 KJV)
True and fulfilled blessings from God come through simple obedience. So many want or desire God’s favor and blessings upon their life but they do not want to “obey” God’s instructions. Sadly, these are usually the same people who make fun of those who do heed to God’s Word in obedience.
If your family is anything like mine it consists of a variety of different personalities, philosophies, practices, and beliefs. I am blessed with aunts, uncles, and cousins who are all faithful to God and to His commands. What a blessing they are to me in my life. On the other hand, sadly, I have extended family members who boast of their “unbelief” and total disregard of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They choose to live a more worldly, secular lifestyle with lots of “free-choices.”
But, what they fail to see and recognize is that their “free-choices” will not be free one day. Nothing in life is ever free. My personal Salvation through Jesus Christ cost Him everything; including His own life. As the old Gospel hymn proclaims, “There’ll Be a Pay Day Someday.” Either our lives and souls have been bought and purchased by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), or they are forever indebted to Satan. A person’s sin debt is either paid-in-full by Jesus Christ or paid-in-full at the time of death directly to Satan himself….God, have mercy.
One thing that stands out about the immaculate conception, birth, and young life of Jesus is the absolute obedience of his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. What an example they are to the blessed life of “obedience.” And, because of their obedience what favor and amazing blessings they experienced. During Jesus’ life time on earth, they fellowshipped every day with God in the Flesh! Amen…(John 1:14).
Like Mary and Joseph, we, too, can experience favor and blessings of God through our obedience as well. Never think for a moment that your faithfulness and obedience to God is not be recording in Heavenly places. God knows his obedient children and He will richly reward them accordingly. But, let us remember to earnestly pray for those who mock our obedience and make fun of our choices to live according to God’s will and plan for our lives. For sadly, there will be a “Pay Day Someday” for them as well.
Oh, my friend please don’t pay for your life here on earth with your eternal soul pledged to Satan. Accept God’s Merciful payment for sin through His only begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16). Want you become an obedient follower of the Lord just as Joseph “did?” Then, and only then can you experience the true and fulfilling favor and blessings of God….Your life and soul depends upon it…Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author