My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you.

Proverbs 3:1-2

When people think of the commandments of God, they typically think of the Ten Commandments and a bunch of “thou shall not's.” Oh, what a tragic stereotype! God's laws and teachings are so much more; they are actually life-giving!

  • Violating the Law of Spiritual Abundance – not feeding your spirit with God's Word, prayer and worship will ultimately lead you to being spiritually drained and estranged from God. You will soon lack purpose, drive and passion to live the life you were destined for.
  • Violating the Law of Physical Abundance – feeding your body with toxins like sugar, preservatives and other chemicals will ultimately lead to cancer, chronic disease and premature death.
  • Violating the Law of Mental Abundance – not stimulating your brain and spending too much time in front of the TV will ultimately lead to cognitive atrophy, leaving your brain more susceptible to developing dementia and even Alzheimer's.
  • Violating the Law of Emotional Abundance – allowing fear and worry to settle in about the many “cares of life” will ultimately lead to anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Violating the Law of Financial Abundance – wasteful, rash spending habits during the working years of life will either prevent retirement altogether, or will ultimately lead to little extra money to enjoy the Golden Years.
  • Violating the Law of Occupational Abundance – working at a J-O-B that you hate just to pay the bills, and never striving to find a more fulfilling line of work, will ultimately cause you to resent what you do for a living. You be robbed of your life's purpose, because a majority of your day will be spent doing something that has no meaning.
  • Violating the Law of Social Abundance – using and treating people as a means to an end will ultimately push them away, which will leave you either alone or with superficial relationships that are not lasting.

Jesus said it this way,

“I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” (John 12:50)

God's commands are eternal life, Jesus says, but what does this really mean? Well, if someone doesn't respect the law of gravity by jumping off the roof of their house onto the concrete 30 feet below, they'll likely end up with a broken leg or even worse! In the same way, someone will suffer if they violate the laws of sowing and reaping that God has set in motion since the beginning of time.