Today’s Scripture:  “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”  Revelation 1:3

Introduction:

We have made it almost half-way in this series.  Most of our messages in this series have been on characteristics of the Word of God, but today we take our first look at what our response to the Bible ought to be.  So, let’s take a look and see what the Lord would have to say to us today about…the “Blessing of Obedience”.

Message:

You can find this point made a few times throughout Scripture.  James talks about not being a “doer of the Word, and not a hearer only”.  James 1:22-23.  We find it in the story of the man who instead of sharing all the excess corn he had he build a bigger barn.  Where is the point in this story?  The point is that we sometimes tend to become spiritual hoarders, and and not use the knowledge of the Word of God we have…we just continue to feed on it more and more…but don’t share it or use it.

Jesus talks often about those who do or keep the commandments, and here as He’s giving John the book of Revelation He gives out this gem saying “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Let’s look a little closer at what James says, and wrap up today’s message there.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. – James 1:22 – 25

It’s not enough just to read and hear the word, my friends. We have to work to do what it says. Our obedience to the Word of God is one of the things that leads to us being blessed.  God honors and blesses us when we honor Him by being obedient to His Word.  Let us be more like the person in verse 25 than the person in verses 22 – 24.

I want to be the kind of person who is blessed in my deeds.

Study Questions:

  1. How are obedience and blessing connected in this verse?
  2. Is it hard to obey someone you don’t love?

Conclusion & Prayer:

I don’t know about you, but when the Bible talks about how to be blessed I want to pay close attention to what it takes to be blessed.  There is blessing in obedience to the Word of God, and that means I want to be sure that I’m doing my best to obey what God says in His Word.

Lord, help us to become doer’s.  We certainly want to be in a place where You are able to bless us.  So, please help us to be doer’s of You Word, to keep Your Commandments and Statutes.  Let us not just delight in Your Word, but endeavor to make sure we’re doing what it says.  We love You, Lord.  All praise, glory, and honor to You.  In Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen