OBEYING GOD IS the 2nd Prosperity Principle. In the previous lesson I explained that ancient Israel practiced obedience to God by following the commandments of the Mosaic Law. A condition of the Law was that ancient Israel would be blessed for its obedience to the Law. This shows us that there is a direct link between obedience and blessings.
Since Christians are not under the Mosaic Law (or Law of Moses) we must ask this question:
How do Christians obey God?
What law and/or commandments must Christians follow in order to receive blessings; to prosper?
In answering these questions we must first understand that, in essence, a commandment is an instruction. The Most High gives you instructions. And how do you discover what those commandments (or instructions) are?
Let’s look at Hebrews 8:10:
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people (NIV).
Let’s put this verse in context:
In chapter 8 the author explains that the Mosaic Law is flawed. God found fault with the Law (Hebrews 8: 7-8). Thus, it was necessary to establish a New Covenant. By establishing the New Covenant the old covenant (or Mosaic Law) is no longer necessary (Hebrews 8:13).
God establishes a New Covenant (or New Testament) through Jesus the Christ, and according to scripture God considers the New Covenant a better covenant. And unlike the Mosaic Law, which was written in stone, the commandments of the New Covenant) are written in your heart.
Although the author of the Book of Hebrews is speaking to the ancient Hebrews, scripture makes it clear that the New Covenant extended to Gentiles (or non-Hebrew people). Thus, as a Christian, you are under the New Covenant, and the laws/commandments (or instructions) of this covenant are written on your heart as well.
In essence the author of Hebrews is explaining that each person will know God in a personal, intimate way. In other words knowing God is no longer based on following the Mosaic Law rather it is based on a personal relationship with The Most High.
Like the scriptures say:
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11, NIV).
So, what does this mean?
It means that God placed his laws, commandments (or instructions) in your heart and mind. Everything you need, want or desire is already inside of you.
You possess everything you need for living a prosperous life. And the way you manifest prosperity is by applying the Prosperity Principle of Obeying God along with the other two principles: Seeking God and Serving God.
The Most High gives you commandments (or instructions) in the form of ideas, gut feelings, hunches, intuition, insights, desires, etc. The purpose of these commandments (or instructions) is to keep you on a righteous path because the righteous path is where you will receive your blessings; your prosperity.
The principle of obedience is at the heart of the Mosaic Law. As long as ancient Israel followed the commandments of the Mosaic Law God blessed them. Even though the Mosaic Law does not apply to Christians the spiritual principle of obedience still remains, which is…
Obedience = Blessings.
In order to obey God, you must
1. Know God’s voice. Have you ever had that “Something told me…” experience? Well, that “Something told me” is the voice of The Most High. That was God giving you instruction. This is just one of the many ways God speaks to you.
A commandment (or instruction) should be followed by action (or obedience).
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:22-25, NIV).
Prosperity Principle 1 is Seeking God. You can seek God through prayer, meditation and fasting. These practices will help you tap into the God within you.
They will also help you hear the voice of God. Over time, you will develop the ability to recognize God’s voice and the different ways in which God speaks to you.
Prosperity Principle 2 is Obeying God. Every act of obedience is preceded by an instruction. God gives you instructions. In essence, these instructions are the commandments that replaced the Mosaic Law commandments.
These instructions are ingrained in your heart and mind. They are the keys to your prosperity. They are like signs that guide you down the righteous path of prosperity.
Next I will discuss Prosperity Principle 3 – Serving God.