FAITH DEMONSTRATED FOR SEVEN DAYS
One of the most wonderful things that you can do in your life is to create a desire to obey God. Many people, when they learn that they are lost, eagerly obey the Master. They obey God to be saved from sin. Each of us should do our best to have a heart that is willing to please and honor our Creator. We must obey God seven days a week! "Obey" is a Bible word. The word obey is found in 67 verses in our King James Bible. Keeping God's commandments is found in 63 verses in our King James Bible. Keeping God's statutes is found in 47 verses in our Kings James Bible. Anyone who reads the Bible, with an honest heart, will quickly conclude that faith must be demonstrated seven days each week. Christianity is not a Sunday only religion; our faith must be demonstrated seven days a week. The Bible gives us many important reasons for obeying God. People search for happiness in all kinds of things and all kinds of places. In a very forthright way, the Bible tells us that we are happy if we know and keep God's commandments. "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (John 13:17) Obedience makes us the brothers, sisters or mother of Christ. "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:35) Jesus came to this earth to obey the will of God. "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:7) Obedience to God gives you the right to the tree of life. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:14)
Faith demonstrated for seven days proves your love for God. Those who obey God daily prove their love for the Creator. "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1 John 5:2-3) Obedience to God is so important that our entire heart must be in it! "Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." (Ephesians 6:6-7) Each member of the human race is loved mightily by our Creator. God has provided salvation for us out of His genuine love. The Bible is the will of our Heavenly Father, our beneficent Creator, revealed in human language. Everything that God has said to us in His holy book has been said for our good. Moses told the people, "To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?" (Deuteronomy 10:13) Our obedience to God's holy will as revealed in the Bible, is for our personal happiness and eternal welfare. Eternal life depends on knowing God and doing His will. God does not desire Sunday obedience only; He desires a faith that is demonstrated for seven days. We learn the importance of seven days of obedience as we see the children of Israel marching around the wall of the city of Jericho.
Faith demonstrated for seven days will be blessed with victory. God wanted Joshua to understand that He had given Jericho to the children of Israel. Jericho was delivered into their hands, if they had faith that would be demonstrated for seven days. God did not say He would give them Jericho, but He said He had given them Jericho. "See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour." (Joshua 6:2) The city of Jericho was taken by no other means than by a faith that was demonstrated for seven. In Hebrews 11:30 we read, "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." Seven days of obedience involved a strange possession around the city of Jericho. Not one thing happened to that wall around Jericho until that seven days of obedience was completed. Nothing will happen with our faith until we learn the value of seven-day obedience. Our faith must be demonstrated for seven days each week if we are to go to heaven. Do not feel depressed or discouraged if you think nothing is happening because of your obedience. Just keep on doing the will of God and remember that He blesses seven days of obedience.