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Obedience Leads to Blessing

The only way to experience all that God has for us is to walk in complete obedience. Then we can be sure not to miss any good thing He desires for our lives. Obedience always brings blessing (Life Principle #21).

But sometimes, in spite of our faithfulness, we suffer. We notice that people who don’t acknowledge God receive the things we long to have or experience for ourselves. What’s happening when pain enters the life of an obedient believer? In this study, you will learn more about the kinds of blessing found in the midst of suffering.

Blessing Defined

One way to describe a blessing is: any expression of God’s goodness and love toward us. We typically limit our concept of blessings to things like answered prayer, supernatural provision, and other positive events. But sometimes God blesses us in the midst of difficulty with things like inner strength, new insight, or greater spiritual maturity.

  • “Obedience always brings blessing.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

 

  • Have you seen this principle demonstrated in your life?

 

  • What questions, if any, do you have about the relationship between obedience and blessing? Have you ever expected God to bless you for obeying but later felt disappointed at the results? If so, explain.

 

Unconventional Blessings

When obedience doesn’t lead to an expected result, look for one or more of these less obvious ways God may be working in your life.

1. An Adjustment of our Priorities

God uses disappointment to realign our focus. We might have set our eyes on something that was not His will or not yet in His timing. Or maybe we assigned too much importance to a worldly goal that is of little value to God.

  • Read Romans 11:26-12:2. Why should we “present our bodies a living sacrifice” (12:1)?

 

  • Evaluate your life. Have you conformed to “the image of this world” in some way (12:2)?

 

  • How has disappointment helped you turn away from “worthless things” or submit to God’s plans for your life?  (See Psalm 119:27 NKJV.)  

 

2. Spiritual Insight to His character

When life takes an unexpected turn, we are wise to ask what God may be trying to teach us about Himself.

  • God did not answer Paul’s prayer for deliverance from his “thorn in the flesh.” What new insight about the Christian life did He eventually reveal to the apostle (2 Cor. 12:9-10)?

 

  • What have you learned recently about the Lord because of unanswered prayer or unforeseen hardship?

 

3. Greater Dependence on God

We cannot live the Christian life apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to obey God. But we frequently take back control of our lives, thinking we can manage without Him. Life’s difficulties remind us how much we need the Lord.

  • Read Galatians 2:19-21. What does it mean to have been “crucified with Christ” and to allow Him to live through you?

 

  • Looking at your life over the last few weeks, how much do you need God in this season? Explain.

 

4. Opportunities to Prove the Lord’s Faithfulness

People notice how you respond to life’s tragedies and disappointments. When you allow God to carry you through difficulty, your life becomes a testimony of His power and goodness.

  • Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for healing a demon-possessed girl (Acts 16:19-34). What were they able to do despite their horrible circumstances (v. 25)?

 

  • What opportunity did God give them because they stayed focused on His purposes (vv. 27-34)?  

 

  • Describe a difficult situation in your life where your trust in God could bring glory to Him and possibly open doors for evangelism.

 

5. Greater Hunger for His Word

When things don’t go well, we are more likely to dig deeper into the Bible, searching for answers, peace, and encouragement.

  • King David wrote, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes” (Ps. 119:71). Describe a time of your life when you grew in your knowledge of Scripture because of suffering.

 

  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. For what is the Bible “profitable”? Which of these qualities do you value the most?

 

6. Peace and Joy

Regardless of the situation, we can be content and even happy. Why? Because our contentment is based upon trust in God, not possessions, achievements, or circumstances.

  • Read Philippians 4:11-13. How was Paul able to be content even “in want”?  

 

  • Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Do you need supernatural joy, peace, and hope right now? If so, ask the Spirit to renew your mind and lift your countenance.

 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the promise that obedience always brings blessing. Open my eyes to the less obvious ways You desire to bless me. Enable me to grow spiritually so that I will value the things You value. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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  • December 13, 2010 05:20 PM

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    i am going through a divorce it devestated me but i started relying on our lord and he is carrying me through this. i am doing my very best to be obedient and im seeing his blessings thank you jesus, and thank you for this bible study its so helpful! all you fellow christians rely on god he always comes through for his children even when we dont see it or feel it hes with us and is always on time. praise him and thank him everyday you will see his blessings you will feel his love to all my fellow christian brothers and sisters hang in there we have an amazing God!! the only true God!!!!
  • December 13, 2010 09:41 AM

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    God is Good all the time
  • December 07, 2010 12:19 AM

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    I was so glad I read this bible study on obedience. I lost my job about two years ago as a pharmaceutical sales rep. At the same time my wife decided she wanted a divorce which broke my spirit. I thought, oh, I'll get a job, no problem. I went on so many interviews and yet not one offer even with a proven track record of accomplishments. I went through a time of being very anger at God and asking him WHY, WHY Lord did you allow all this to happen. But after reading this made me understand why I was removed from my position and divorced. I was not in His word nor in prayer therefore I thought "I" could do it ONLY to fall on my knees in prayer and ask Christ to forgive me and repent of all my sins. Now I'm learning to have a daily quiet time and read His word for direction. I won't go into any details but I had been very disobedient and drifted away from completely trusting Him and listening to that still soft voice of the Holy Spirit. Now I look forward in having a daily quiet time with Him and learning to let the things of the world go by asking for His strength, wisdom, understanding and knowledge for His perfect plan for my life. I love you Jesus!!! You are the great provider!!!
    Love you brothers and sisters in Christ, David in Memphis TN
  • December 04, 2010 08:33 PM

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    Thank you for the wonderful bible study I learn alot what can do for you . You have to just truly beleive in him with all your heart he's there.
  • December 01, 2010 10:39 AM

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    God is good and always right on time. I needed this word today it has put rest to my soul and I can move forward with reasurrance that I can make it and things are going to change for the better. All praises and Glory to God, and bless you for a rewarding study.
  • November 25, 2010 06:35 PM

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    wonderful message. reminds me to be sensitive about life's circumstances which might look like a problem but in reality,its a blessing in disguise from God. Indeed, we can never lose if we are obedient to Him. Praise be to God!
  • November 21, 2010 08:03 AM

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    thank you for this great inputs for ours.. God is great.. to God be the glory
  • November 12, 2010 10:08 PM

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    i've been through a turmoil of asking God to fulfill his promises...but as of now...i am still waiting for His promises...sometimes I lost my hope and even feel helpless...with my helplessness, pain and frustrations in life...i seek Him more and I been closer to Him more...thanks God because no matter how long it takes for my dream to fulfill God's promise is there...when you obey Him there is always a blessing...
  • November 10, 2010 07:28 PM

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    Thank you Lord! I honor and praise you always!
  • November 08, 2010 10:04 PM

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    Awsome
  • November 04, 2010 09:03 PM

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    As I was going though trouble with my marriage of fifteen years,it was ending .
    I stayed in the bible every day the Lord strenthen me more and more until the time came when we got a devoice.By this time HIs Grace had taken me though there was no more tears .And I was stronge enough to move forward with Christ leading me.
    Sister Carolyn Berry
  • November 04, 2010 09:54 AM

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    God is Good!!!
  • November 01, 2010 04:09 PM

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    lord, I need help with my drinking. I don't over indulge very often, but i do it occasionally, please give me the strenth , by your spirit to overcome my weakness in this area.
  • October 31, 2010 11:44 AM

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    The lesson was very inforative. I will learn to be obedent to him and to his word.
  • October 20, 2010 11:41 AM

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    thank you
  • October 19, 2010 12:05 AM

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    I really enjoyed this bible study. I look forward to more in the future. Thank again and the word spoke to me . Amen
  • October 18, 2010 09:52 PM

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    Just what I needed! Blessings do come in different forms
  • October 17, 2010 01:13 AM

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    the best!!!
  • October 15, 2010 01:48 PM

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    Thank you for this wonderful Bible study, very much needed.

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