OBEDIENCE IS THE FRUIT OF FAITH

ROMANS 5:18–19
“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Obedience to GOD proves our relationship with Him (1 John 5:2–3), and we demonstrate our love and faithfulness through obedience, too (1 John 2:3–6). JESUS said, "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my FATHER’s commandments and abide in His. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:10–11). Obedience is a command, and it is linked to love and joy. If our faith in GOD is genuine, we will live a lifestyle characterized by holiness, modeling the example set for us by JESUS CHRIST. Faith and obedience go hand in hand. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we love Him and we want to. We are able to obey because, once we believe in CHRIST and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, He is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
Obedience also leads to personal growth. Every command GOD asks of us isn't just for His sake, but for ours. The call to obedience is for our benefit. He knows what is best for us and how to grow us to be stronger people and followers of JESUS CHRIST. Obedience proves our Christian faith.

Prayer:
FATHER GOD, thank you that you have done so much for us to be saved and for us to enjoy the fullness of Your benefits and blessings by our obedience to Your Word. May the HOLY SPIRIT drive us, empower us, and inspire us to obey You at all times, for Your glory and honor, in the matchless Name of JESUS…Amen.

Obeying By Faith,
Pastor Wally & Sister Mattie