The rewards of obedience are beyond comprehension. Some of the rewards are LONG LIFE, PROTECTION., GLADNESS, GREAT PEACE and many more.
Jonah 1:4-5. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Beloved, it is true and no iota of doubt in it at all that God,your loving Father in heaven is reputed as a loving God.
1 John 4:8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
But He also is a God of justice, who recompense anyone and everyone according to their works in righteousness.
Deuteronomy 32:4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Romans 2:4-6. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Beloved, God, your loving Father,is also reputed as full of compassion.
Psalms 86:15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering , and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Micah 7:18-19. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT, HE RECOMPENSES ANYONE AND EVERYONE FOR SIN. Please never ever take God for granted, He punishes anyone and everyone for wilful sin. Don’t ever forget.
Jeremiah 30:11: For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
Jeremiah 46:28: Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.
HE HAS AN APPOINTED ROD, FOR EVERY WRONG DOING.
Micah 6:9. The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
Beloved, remember, David, a man after God’s heart, sinned. He forgave him, but never allowed him, to go altogether unpunished.
2 Samuel 12:9-14 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
THIS WAS WHAT HAPPENED TO JONAH, GOD’S OWN APPOINTED PROPHET, WHO WILFULLY SIINED AGAINST HIM. He punished him, by sending storm to chastise him. See it.
Jonah 1:4-5. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Beloved, take note of the following when God’s own people sinned against Him. He sent them just recompense at all times. Please avoid this, never ever take God for granted.
1. Adam was sent out of garden of Eden by God, not satan.
Genesis 3:23-24. Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
2. Fiery serpent sent by God, not satan to be biting the redeemed people .
Numbers 21:4-6. And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
3. God sent leprosy to Miriam because of sin, not satan.
Numbers 12:10-13. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb. And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.
4. He killed Israel for lusting for flesh.
Numbers 11:1. And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
Numbers 11:4-5. And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
Numbers 11:33-34. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague. And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
5. The Lord sent lions, not satan to slew the people.
2 Kings 17:25. And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them.
BELOVED, WHENEVER, YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR CHALLENGE, BEFORE YOU RECOURSE TO FASTING AND PRAYER, AND GOING FROM ONE CONFERENCE TO THE OTHER SEEKING DELIVERANCE. CHECK UP FIRST, WHETHER WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, IS NOT A RECOMPENSE FROM GOD, FOR A WILFUL DISOBEDIENCE.
Psalms 23:4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The rod and the staff in God’s hand. is one. He uses it as a rod to correct His children and uses it as a staff to defend them from troubles. Please learn from the avoidable challenges that happened to Jonah, to chastise him. It was not an attack from satan.
Always remember this and be guided. Never take God for granted. He punishes anyone and everyone, for avoidable wilful sin.
Psalms 107:17-18. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Jeremiah 2:19: Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Dearly beloved, Jesus Christ committed Himself to doing all that He faithfully, taught believers in Bible days and believers of all ages and this includes you.
Acts 1:1. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
The Lord Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry rendered incomparable obedience to His Father. See how the scriptures affirmed it.
Luke 22:39-42 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
John 4:34. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 6:38. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
John 8:29. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 9:4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
John 17:4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Philippians 2:5-8. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Hebrews 5:7-8. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 10:5-7 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Dearly beloved, this exemplary lifestyle was a legacy and example Jesus left for all believers of all ages, especially you to emulate.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Our Lord having done this successfully, encouraged believers of all ages and you in particular to faithfully, follow His Father and your Father in implicit obedience and be rewarded. This He did, because of His knowledge of what He knew happened to the following, who suffered painful, shameful and avoidable punishment on account of disobedience. This shall not be your portion in Jesus name. So be determined to avert it, by living a lifestyle of implicit obedience to God.
1. Adam and Eve sent out of Eden on account of disobedience
2. The old world destroyed by flood on account of disobedience
3. Soddom and Gomorrah destroyed by fire and brimstone on account of disobedience
4. Divers punishment the children of Israel suffered in the wilderness and the inability of multitude from getting to the promised land on account of disobedience.
5. Moses denial of getting to the promised land on account of disobedience.
6. The lost of the kingdom, by king Saul to David on account of disobedience.
7. The avoidable painful suffering of prophet Jonah in the storm and inside the whale for three days on account of disobedience.
These things were written for believers of all ages and you in particular, to learn and avoid it.. The good Lord shall help you to be wise unto salvation in Jesus name .
Romans 15:4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:11. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Dearly beloved, see enviable rewards that await all believers, especially you, here and hereafter, if you chose to follow the Lord in implicit obedience Like Jesus Himself. It shall be so for you in Jesus name.
Mark 10:28-30. Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s.
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Luke 19:13-19. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
Luke 22:28-30. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
1 Peter 1:4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
JESUS ENCOURAGED BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES AND YOU IN PARTICULAR, TO FOLLOW THE LORD IN, IMPLICIT OBEDIENCE, TO AVERT, AVOIDABLE, PAINFUL PUNISHMENT.
Friend, why will the likes of you be part of the dawning rapture? It is because your loving Father and His Son Jesus Christ are determined and desirous to recompense you and believers like you all over the world, for faithfully, following Him in implicit obedience, on this side of heaven, in spite of stiff opposition from satan and his fiends and human agents.
So they prepare gracious and enviable eternal rewards for you all, at the marriage supper immediately after the rapture. It shall not elude you in Jesus name.
Revelation 19:6-9. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
But, then, the Worldling and the nominal churchgoers shall not be there. This is because of their wilful disobedience to His passionate calls. Friend, please check up and ensure you are not cut in this web also. Be very sure. Don’t assume. Let the blessed Holy Spirit examines you.
Proverbs 1:24-32B Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Isaiah 59:1-2. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Zechariah 7:13. Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts:
However, faithful and obedient believers like you shall enjoy to the fullest here and hereafter, the blessings of following after God, faithfully in implicit obedience . See it yourself and be encouraged and never ever be tired. Follow after the Lord faithfully, till He comes. Receive grace to do so in Jesus name.
Genesis 22:15-18. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Isaiah 65:24. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Revelation 3:10-11. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
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Bishop Peter OLusegun Babalola.
Jesus is Lord forever .