God's Warnings and Rewards

If it seems like I talk about the Word of God a lot in my writing, there’s a very good reason for that. The Word has changed my life, my family, and our circumstances, and I am determined to believe it, and to devote myself to it, all the rest of my days. The Bible makes it clear that we are called to “fear,” or “revere,” the Lord. That means that we are to trust and obey Him in everything. We simply can’t fulfill this responsibility without the Word of God. After all, how can we obey God’s commands when we don’t even know what they are?

Psalm 19:9,11 (NIV) says: “The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. By them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” If in every situation we face, we consult the Lord and His Word on the subject involved, He will lead us to the Scriptures that will show us the right thing to do, and that will warn us against wrongdoing. If we will follow His lead, we simply can’t lose. Using this divine strategy, we will be able to avoid pitfalls that could lead to financial problems, health troubles, and wrong relationships. The better choices we make in every area of our lives, the more we will experience the peace, joy, and wholeness that the Lord desires us to.

Ask yourself today, “Am I heeding God’s warnings in His Word, and reaping the rich rewards He has for me?”


Believing God for Rich Rewards

During my quiet time with the Lord recently, He impressed upon my heart that I was unnecessarily losing out on some of the rewards He had for me. When I asked Him how I was doing that, He led me to Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV), which says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

The Lord showed me that, though I was diligently seeking Him every day, I was not actively and purposely believing Him for the rewards that this verse promised. Now when I pray and petition God for something, I often sense a Holy Spirit nudge to claim the blessings of this promise, and I say, “Thank You, Lord, for richly rewarding me because I diligently seek You!”

If you are already diligently seeking the Lord each day, then rejoice! And claim this promise with confidence. If you aren’t seeking God consistently, the way you know you should, don’t waste another moment–begin seeking Him right now. Pray. Read His Word. Ask Him to speak to your heart. Listen for His voice, and with His Holy Spirit’s help, do your best to follow Him.

When you do, know that you are opening the door to rich rewards that will bless your life and those around you!

Rewards for the Good We Do

“Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do.” Ephesians 6:8 NLT

My son, John, didn’t get his first job until much later than most kids his age. We allowed him to stay home during his summer vacations from school, because when he was only 16, he created a Christian web site that began touching the lives of others from its earliest stages. The site, “Jesusfreakhideout.com,” grew rapidly, and maintaining it became more and more time-consuming for our son.

Eventually, when John decided that he wanted to buy a car, he began looking for a full-time job one summer. Even though he was 20 years old, he had absolutely no job experience, and we weren’t sure he had any marketable skills. We began earnestly praying that God would move mightily on his behalf, and that He would open doors of opportunity for John, and give him favor with the right people, so that he could somehow secure an excellent job with good pay. One day, a friend of my son’s mentioned that he had a relative who worked for a nearby company, that had a job opening requiring web work experience. Shortly afterwards, this company called my son on the phone, asked him a few questions, and told him to report for work immediately. John never needed to go for an interview. He never even filled out an application. And he got an excellent starting salary from these folks. As it turned out, the skills that John developed from maintaining his Christian web site–his labor of love for the Lord–were the very skills that opened exciting doors for him in the job market.

The above verse is a promise from the Lord that He will reward us for the good that we do. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Remember, the Lord will PAY you for each good thing you do.” (Ephesians 6:8 TLB) Even though John wasn’t being paid a regular salary for his ministry efforts, God showed that He had creative ways to reward him, just the same. Don’t ever hesitate to invest your time, your treasure, or your talents in the kingdom of God. For nothing you do in His name will be left unrewarded by the Lord!

Lord, I praise You for being the “Rewarder” that the Scriptures say You are. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV) Do a new and mighty work in my heart, so that I’ll actively look for ways to serve You. Thank You that as I do everything as “unto the Lord,” You will “pay” me in ways that will delight my heart, and glorify You!