OBEDIENCE TO GOD

Written by

Pastor  Jonathan Ambrose

NOW IN ORDER TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU MUST HAVE
KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT! ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WITH LITTLE OR NO IDEA ABOUT A TOPIC IS USELESS. AS WE TAKE AN IN DEPTH LOOK INTO THE ACT OF OBEDIENCE FIRST LET’S LOOKAT THE MEANING OF THE WORD: (THE ACTION OR CONDITION OF OBEYING AUTHORITY. THE RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY OF A CHURCH OR OF A PRIEST OR OTHER MEMBER OF THE CLERGY, OR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDER THIS AUTHORITY.)

OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS SIMPLE. DO AS YOU ARE TOLD! IT’S THAT SIMPLE. JOB5: 17; SAYS, BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOM GOD CORRECTS. NOW IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOU TO SEE THAT, BUT AS LONG AS YOU ARE OBEDIENT TO HIM HE WILL BLESS YOU.

HOW IMPORTANT IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD IN OUR DAILY WALK? OBEDIENCE TO GOD
IS VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR CHRISTIAN GROWTH. NO ONE IN THIS LIFE WILL EVER BECOME SUFFICIENTLY SANCTIFIED TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARE ALWAYS OBEYING THE LAW, BUT WE CAN HONOR AND MAINTAIN OBEDIENCE TO GOD BY MEDITATING ON THE WORDS OF JESUS.TO MEDITATE IS TO FOCUS ON ONES THOUGHT IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND ITS TRUE MEANING. PROVERBS 14: 15; MAKES A GOOD POINT:” A SIMPLE MAN BELIEVES ANYTHING,BUT A PRUDENT MAN GIVES THOUGHT TO HIS STEPS.”

IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS UNDERSCORED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. JOHN 14: 15; SAYS; “IF YOU LOVE ME ,YOU WILL OBEY WHAT I COMMAND.” THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IS LOVE GOD BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS. MATT: 22: 3638; TEACHES, WHICH IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS
IN THE LAW? JESUS REPLIED: LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.: THIS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT.
OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS LIVING GOD’S WORD BECAUSE YOU WANT TO ENJOY BEING FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS. JESUS IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT US AND HE WANTS US TO DO MORE THAN JUST PARTICIPATE IN GOOD WORKS, HE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN HIM. HE WANTS US TO COME UP HIGHER AND BE LIKE HIM, AND HAVING A PERSONAL, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. TO ACHIEVE THIS WE MUST BE ATTENTIVE TO GOD’S LAWS. IN ORDER TO HAVE A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE HAVE TO OBEY HIS TEACHING. WHEN WE MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM CALLING OURSELVES A GOOD CHRISTIAN TO BEING SOMEONE WHO IS HAVING A DEEP PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, THEN WE CAN HAVE THE HEIGHTS OF JOY, THE DEEPEST OF PEACE, AND RECEIVE THE FULLNESS MEASURE OF GODS
LOVE AND POWER EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES. WE MUST BELIEVE IN JESUS, WE MUST HAVE FAITH, AND TRUSTING HIM, WE MUST TAKE HIS WORD INTO OUR HEARTS. LET US ENTER INTO GOD’S REST AND BE LESS CONCERNED WITH WORRYING ABOUT WHAT ELSE WE CAN DO TO MAKE JESUS LOVE US MORE. HEW: 4: 10; SAYS; FOR ANYONE WHO ENTERS GOD’S REST FROM HIS OWN WORK, JUST AS GOD DID FROM HIS.TRY TO IMAGINE YOURSELF WALKING WITH JESUS, FEEL THE LOVE, AND EXPERIENCE A DEEP INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. IN ROMANS 6: 15-18; WHAT THEN? SHALL WE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE? CERTAINLY NOT! DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT TO WHOM YOU PRESENT YOURSELVES SLAVES TO OBEY, YOU ARE THAT ONE’S SLAVES WHOM YOU OBEY,
WETHER OF SIN LEADING TO DEATH, OR OF OBEDIENCE LEADING TO RIGHTEOUSNESS? BUT GOD BE THANKED THAT THOUGH YOU WERE SLAVES OF SIN, YET YOU OBEYED FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE TO WHICH YOU WERE DELIVERED. AND HAVING BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN YOU BECOME SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. ACCORDING TO THIS, ONE IS THE SERVANT OF ONE HE OBEYS, WITH TWO POSSIBILITIES: EITHER, BY OBEYING SIN, HE WILL BE A SERVANT TO SIN, OR, BY OBEYING FROM THE HEART, GOD AND HIS DOCTRINE, HE WILL BE A SERVANT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ONE TO TRULY SERVE GOD IF HIS HEART DOES NOT OBEY GOD. IT DOSEN’T MATTER HOW ACTIVE WE ARE IN RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. WHAT MATTERS IS HOW OBEDIENT WE ARE TO GOD. BECAUSE IT IS OUR OBEDIENCE AND THE ONE WE OBEY THAT DETERMINES THE ONE WE SERVE IN REALITY.

IN THE BOOK OF 1 SAMUEL THERE IS A WELL KNOWN STORY; THE ONE ABOUT
SAUL’S RISE AND FALL IN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL. SAUL WAS APPOINTED BY GOD TO BE THE FIRST KING OF ISRAEL. IN THE BEGINNING, HE WAS HUMBLE. IN FACT, IN THE DAY OF HIS PROCLAMATION AS A KING HE WAS HIDING FROM THE PEOPLE. (1 SAM: 10: 22; THEREFORE THEY INQUIRED OF THE LORD FURTHER, HAS THE MAN COME HERE YET? AND THE LORD ANSWERED, THERE HE IS, HIDDEN AMONG THE EQUIPMENT.) HOWEVER HIS HUMILITY DIDN’T LAST LONG. SOON IT WAS TURNED TO PRIDE AND HASTE FOR ACTION, UNDER THE LEADING OF THE PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF SUBMISSION TO THE LEADING OF THE LORD. IN 1 SAMUEL 13: WE SEE HIS FIRST REBELLION: SAUL AND THE PEOPLE WAITED FOR SAMUEL TO COME FOR THE SACRIFICE, WHILE THE PHILISTINES WERE READY TO FIGHT IN THE OTHER SIDE. SAMUEL WAS LATE IN HIS ARRIVAL, SO SAUL DID WHAT HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE, HE OFFERED THE SACRIFICE HIMSELF. THE OBEDIENT WAITS FOR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, WHATEVER THE COST MAY BE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DISOBEDIENT IS OBEDIENT AS FAR AS THINGS ARE GOING GOOD. BUT WHEN THE STATUS CHANGES, THEN HE TAKES THE THINGS IN HIS OWN HANDS. HE THINKS HE WAITED TO LONG AND AT THE END
OF THE DAY HE HAS TO DO SOMETHING. SAMUEL CAME EXACTLY WHEN SAUL HAD FINISHED WITH THE SACRIFICE. HOWEVER, HE DIDN’T BRING HIM GOOD NEWS. 1 SAMUEL 13: 13-14; AND SAMUEL SAID TO SAUL, YOU HAVE DONE FOOLISHLY; YOU HAVE NOT KEPT THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHICH HE COMMANDED YOU: FOR NOW THE LORD WOULD HAVE ESTABLISH YOUR KINGDOM OVER ISRAEL FOREVER. BUT NOW YOUR KINGDOM SHALL NOT CONTINUE. THE LORD HAS SORT FOR HIMSELF A MAN AFTER HIS OWN HEART, AND THE LORD HAS COMMANDED HIM TO BE COMMANDER OVER HIS PEOPLE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT KEPT WHAT THE LORD HAS COMMANDED YOU. IF SAUL HAD OBEYED THE LORD AND HIS COMMANDMENTS, HIS KINGDOM WOULD BE ESTABLISHED. IF HE DIDN’T OBEY, HIS KINGDOM WOULD BE LOST. AS SAMUEL TOLD HIM; FOR NOW THE LORD WOULD HAVE ESTABLISH YOU KINGDOM OVER ISRAEL FOREVER. BUT NOW YOUR KINGDOM SHALL NOT CONTINUE. SAUL
DIDN’T PASS THE TEST OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD.

ON THE OTHER HAND IS THE STORY OF ABRAHAM: ISSAC WAS THE ONLY SON OF
ABRAHAM AND SARAH. HE WAS ALSO THE SON THAT GOD HAD PROMISED HIM AND FOR AND FOR WHOM HE WAITED FOR MANY YEARS. ONE DAY ABRAHAM WAS COMMANDED BY GOD TO SACRIFICE ISAAC. GEN: 22: 1-2; NOW IT CAME TO PASS AFTER THESE THINGS THAT GOD TESTED ABRAHAM, AND SAID TO HIM, TAKE NOW YOUR ONLY SON ISAAC, WHOM YOU LOVE, AND GO TO THE LAND OF MORIAH, AND OFFER HIM THERE AS A BURNT OFFERING ON ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS OF WHICH I SHALL TELL YOU. GOD KNEW VERY WELL HOW MUCH ABRAHAM LOVED ISAAC. HE KNEW THAT HE WAS HIS ONLY SON THAT HE LOVED. IT WAS GOD THAT GAVE ISAAC TO HIM. HOWEVER DID ABRAHAM LOVE ISAAC, WHICH WAS GOD’S BLESSING, MORE THAN GOD HIMSELF? HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? DO WE REALLY FOLLOW GOD BECAUSE WE WANT TO KNOW HIM AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, OR WE FOLLOW HIM ONLY FOR HIS BLESSINGS? THOUGH THERE ARE UNCOUNTABLE BLESSINGS IN THE LORD, OF COURSE THESE ARE NOT TO BE THE FOCUS OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. INSTEAD, THE FOCUS SHOULD BE TO KNOW INTIMATELY HIM, AND HIS WONDERFUL SON
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. PHIL: 3: 8-15; PAUL SAYS; YET INDEED I ALSO COUNT ALL
THINGS LOSS FOR THE EXCELLENCE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST JESUS MY LORD: FOR WHOM I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS, AND COUNT THEM AS RUBBISH THAT I MAY GAIN CHRIST…. THAT I MAY KNOW HIM, AND THE POWER OF  RESURRECTION, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, BEING CONFORMED TO HIS DEATH; IF BY ANY MEANS I MAY ATTAIN TO THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. EVEN THE BIGGEST BLESSING IN THIS WORLD IS RUBBISH IN COMPARISON TO THE EXCELLENT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.GEN:22: 3-10; SO ABRAHAM ROSE EARLY IN THE MORNING AND SADDLED HIS DONKEY, AND TOOK TWO OF HIS YOUNG MEN WITH HIM, AND ISAAC HIS SON; AND HE SPLIT THE WOOD FOR THE BURNT OFFERING, AND ROSE AND WENT TO THE PLACE OF WHICH GOD HAD TOLD HIM.  THEN ON THE THIRD DAY ABRAHAM LIFTED HIS EYES AND SAW THE PLACE AFAR OFF. AND ABRAHAM SAID TO THE YOUNG MEN, STAY HERE WITH THE DONKEY; AND THE LAD AND I WILL GO YONDER AND WORSHIP AND WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU. SO ABRAHAM TOOK THE WOOD OF THE BURNT OFFERING AND LAID IT ON ISAAC HIS SON; AND HE TOOK THE FIRE IN HIS HAND, AND A KNIFE, AND TWO OF THEM WENT TOGETHER. BUT ISAAC SPOKE TO ABRAHAM HIS FATHER AND SAID, MY FATHER! AND HE SAID HERE I AM SON! THEN HE SAID LOOK THE FIRE AND THE WOOD, BUT WHERE IS THE LAMB FOR THE BURNT OFFERING? AND ABRAHAM SAID, MY SON GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR HIMSELF THE LAMB FOR A BURNT OFFERING, SO THE TWO OF THEM WENT TOGETHER. THEN THEY CAME TO THE PLACE WHICH GOD HAD TOLD HIM. AND ABRAHAM BUILT AN ALTAR THERE AND PLACED THE WOOD IN ORDER; AND HE BOUND ISAAC HIS SON AND LAID HIM ON THE ALTAR; UPON THE WOOD. AND ABRAHAM STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND
AND TOOK THE KNIFE TO SLAY HIS SON. ABRAHAM FOLLOWED EXACTLY WHAT THE LORD HAD TOLD HIM. IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT THE MOST PLEASANT THING IN HIS LIFE, HE AS WELL AS OTHER OF THE BIBLE, WERE NOT ROBOTS THAT DID THE WILL OF GOD
MECHANICALLY. INSTEAD, THEY WERE LIKE US, FREE WILL BEINGS THAT BY THERE OWN WILL CHOSE TO SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO THE LORD. THEIR OBEDIENCE WAS NOT ROBOTIC BUT FROM THE HEART. THIS IS THE ONLY OBEDIENCE THAT THE WORD OF GOD SPEAKS ABOUT. GOD DIDN’T WANT ROBOTS, ICE MEN THAT WOULD MECHANICALLY DO WHAT HE SAYS, PUTTING NO HEART IN IT. INSTEAD HE WANTED PEOPLE THAT WOULD LOVE HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH. HE WANTS FREE WILL BEINGS THAT WOULD DECIDE FROM THE HEART, TO SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO HIM.

BUT THE ANGEL OF THE LORD CALLED TO HIM FROM HEAVEN AND SAID, ABRAHAM,
ABRAHAM! DO NOT LAY YOUR HAND ON THE LAD, OR DO ANYTHING TO HIM; FOR NOW I KNOW THAT YOU FEAR GOD, SINCE YOU HAVE NOT WITHHELD YOU SON, YOUR ONLY SON FROM ME. THEN THE ANGEL OF THE LORD CALLED TO ABRAHAM A SECOND TIME OUT OF HEAVEN, AND SAID: BY MYSELF I HAVE SWORN, SAYS THE LORD, BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE THIS THING AND HAVE NOT WITHHELD YOUR SON, YOUR ONLY SON, BLESSING I WILL BLESS YOU, AND MULTIPLY I WILL MULTIPLY YOUR SEED AS THE STARS OF THE HEAVEN, AND AS THE SAND WHICH IS ON THE SEA SHORE; AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE.

ALL THAT GOD WANTS FROM US IS TO DO JUSTLY, TO LOVE MERCY AND WALK
HUMBLY WITH HIM. TO HUMBLE OURSELVES UNDER HIS MIGHTY HAND SO THAT HE MAY EXALT US IN DUE TIME. 1 PETER 5: 6; THEREFORE HUMBLE YOURSELVES UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD, THAT HE MAY EXALT YOU IN DUE TIME.

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  1. Dear lord,s people,
    WELCOME TO PRAY WITH US AND THE DYING SOULS WHO NEEDS BIBLES AND ORPHANS AND WIDOW WHO AFFLICTED AND IN AGONY ,DISCRIMINATION FROM THEIR HEALTH STATUS.PLEASE HELP THE AND PROVIDE US THE HOLY BIBLES.THANKS PASTOR KENNEDY.

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