Faith and obedience work hand in hand. Who hears the voice of the Lord and does not obey Him? It stands to reason that if we know and really believe that God is God almighty, a sovereign God, the King of Kings, and the Creator of heaven and earth, that we would obey Him.
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-7 “Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, ‘With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.’ 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.'”
The difference between Cain and Abel’s offerings was one involved blood being shed and the other one did not. One signified the blood of the coming Lamb who would be slain. The other did not. One was offered in faith and obedience and the other was not.
When we obey as Abel did, we do so because we believe in the God we’re obeying. We want Him to accept us because He is God. We want to give our best to Him because of the very nature of who He is; He gave His only begotten Son for us. We want to please Him because we believe that He is sending His Son Jesus back for us.
Sometimes we get disgruntled and downright angry as Cain did when things don’t go our way; when God doesn’t seem to be listening; when God rejects our half-hearted offering that we only to get something in return; and when we fast, pray and continue to do what is wrong expecting something from God that we don’t receive. God has given us explicit instructions for life in His Word just as He had given to Cain and Abel about their sacrifices.
Do we obey God’s instructions? Do we have enough faith to believe that His Word is true? The answer is in our obedience. When sin is crouching at our door, will we open the door and let sin in or will we rule over sin? Though we will never be perfect and totally sin free in this life, we are constantly being transformed in the image of Christ through sanctification. We have the power of the Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus to rule over sin-by faith. Who really and truly believes in and has faith in a God that they refuse to obey? Dr.J.
Fruit of the Spirit:
Week Two Bible Reading:
Mark 9 (KJV)
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
Ephesians 6:10-12 (KJV) (Week 1)
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (KJV) (Week 1)