1 Samuel 15:22
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
Then to Adam He said, Because you have heeded the voice your wife,
and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you saying , ‘You
shall not eat of it’ “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall
eat of it, all the days of your life..
FIRST ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE
The Bible describes the last day church as one that has left its first love, whose love has grown cold and one that will be easily deceived. From all outward appearances it seems this is what is happening today. We are living in a culture seeking after material things and self pleasure and obeying personal desires takes priority over obeying God. God never demands our Obedience, He has given us the free will to either obey because we want to or to disobey because we want to, it is our choice. He does tell us very clearly what we ought to do, but He never does anything to force us to do it. We are a people with a free will and it is a voluntary act on our part to obey and we do it from a oneness with Him, a oneness of spirit. The way to victory in Christ is the way of Obedience. Our progress in the Kingdom of God is totally dependent on our Obedience to Him. It is at His command that we move forward even when it is not reasonable or logical, even when we are fearful, even when we are weak. God does not show us the complete picture but He does lead us step by step. Progress is dependent on our obedience to Him. Faith expects from God what is beyond all of our expectations. It doesn’t take faith to begin a journey when we can see where we are going. Faith is taking the next step in obedience to Him even when we cannot see beyond it.
By omitting the essential ingredient of obedience, we cannot exhibit the confidence, boldness, and liberty needed to maintain an intimate relationship with our God. Our obedience is vital to the maintenance of our daily fellowship with God because He cannot and will not continue a relationship with anyone who is rebellious and unwilling to OBEY and comply with His Will for our lives. Unfortunately, people continually attempt to have a personal relationship with God while they are living in sin and disobedience. God does not “incline His ear” nor does ‘He open His mouth’ to anyone who omits obedience to His Word from their daily spiritual life.The answer to any request from anyone is either ‘YES’ or ‘NO’.’YES we will or NO we won’t. But when the creator of the Heavens and the earth, ‘OUR CREATOR’ God Himself comes to us and and asks, ‘Will you do something for me?” and we have the audacity, the brazen boldness to say NO to Him and then blame or criticize Him for things going wrong in our lives. What does this show us about ourselves and our declaration that we are followers of the Lord? Think about it for a moment, if a family member, a friend or even complete stranger came up to us and asked us to do them a favor, as long as it was not something outrageous we would most likely say yes or a least make an attempt to do whatever it was. Yet we dare to say NO to Almighty God???
The sad reality of this decision is that when we say no to God, we are the losers. God blesses us for our obedience but punishes us for our disobedience. When we say no to God, we voluntarily relinquish the blessings and joy of serving Him. Our primary purpose in this life is to serve and glorify Him by our Obedience. So we can say without contradiction that when we say no to God, we are not fulfilling our purpose. The greatest calling we have in this life is what God asks us to do for Him. When we say no to Him, we miss our calling. We need to remind ourselves of the reality of what happens when we say no to God; He will always call someone else to do what He asked us to do. Someone else will say YES and answer the call of God thus fulfilling His purpose and calling, for their lives and will receive the blessing that should have been ours. The work and purposes of God does not stop because we say no to Him. It simply goes on without us.
“For David…served the purpose of God in his own generation”
David Fulfilled His Purpose – Will God be able to say you served your purpose in your generation? David made some incredibly bad choices in his life during his generation that led to long term consequences. However, because David sincerely repented each time he sinned, God’s Will and Purpose for his life was fulfilled and accomplished during his lifetime on earth what God had designed. When we pray for God’s will to be accomplished in our lives we could pray this way; “Lord, I pray that You will fulfill Your Will and every Purpose for which you made us. This is a good definition of success. Success is fulfilling the complete purpose for which God has made you. It has nothing to do with wealth, accomplishments, stature in life, or standard of living. It has to do with living a life of Obedience to the Father. And when we live a life of obedience to the Father, we will fulfill His will and the purposes that He had in His mind when he made you and me. Today, ask God to fulfill His Will and Purposes for your life in your generation so that it can be said of you, “He served the purpose of God in his own generation.”’
“‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called,
I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.
If you love Me, you will obey what I command.
Whoever has My commands and obeys them,
he is the one who loves Me.
If you obey My commands, you will remain in My
love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands
and remain in his love.
It is very evident that many today have been deceived, both in the church and in the world. There is such a lack of the Fear of God even among believers that many have become skeptical, filled with doubt, questioning what they believe, rebellious and disobedient. We may not consciously disobey God; we just don’t pay attention to what He tells us in His Word. When we intentionally disobey someone we are saying we do not really love or respect them, we show this by our willful disobedience. It is when we become conscious of our disobedience and our disrespect of God that we feel a deep sense of shame and humiliation because we have not obeyed Him. We need to move forward in Obedience to His commands even when it doesn’t sound reasonable or logical. Even when our faith weakens and we become fearful we need to move out in faith because our Trust is in the one who will never fail us and will never abandon us. Rebellion is Satan inspired just as it was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and the consequences are eternal.
OBEY? WHY? WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?
2 Peter 3:3
First of all, you must understand that in the
last days scoffers will come, scoffing and
following their own evil desires.
The ever skeptical disciple Thomas was a good example of this and we see much of his type of spirit in the church today, confusion, doubt, and uncertainty. We remember that Jesus had told His disciples that He was going to return to Heaven and that they would know where He was going but Thomas’ reply to what He said says much about his understanding.
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where
you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Thomas’ question is so relevant to the church today, a church that seems to have lost its way, its direction. Most mainline denominations lack confidence in what they first believed and where they are going. They are denying so much of God’s Word and power that we have to wonder how many believers will be left in the church when Jesus returns. When we obey Him we show our love for both He and the Father and will obey what His Word says without any hesitation. It doesn’t take faith to begin a journey when we can see the beginning through to the end. Faith is taking the first step out of Obedience even when we can’t see beyond the next one. We need not fear the future for we know who holds the future and He is the one who is faithfully holding our hand and leading us down the right path.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not
be dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you; I will uphold
you with My righteous right hand .
For I know the thoughts that I think toward
you, says the LORD, they are thoughts of
peace and not of evil, to give you a future
and a hope.
“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes,
shall He find any faith on the earth?”
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Knowledge comes through the Fear of God and obedience: Jesus is first Lord and then teacher. The Gospel is to be obeyed first and only then will we begin to understand and know the truth. If we try to understand everything before we learn to obey, we will never understand. This pertains to the Word of God. The fact of the matter is, you only know as much as you are willing to practice. The Lord will not make us obey; if we are to be obedient we will have to obey Him because we freely want to, because we have surrendered our will to His will. When we submit our will to His and become an obedient disciple then we begin fulfilling our true spiritual destiny and because of this many will be blessed. If we are to see our spiritual destiny fulfilled we need to be led by the Holy Spirit and for Him to lead us means we cannot use the world’s standards as our measuring stick to measure our success. We need to leave the consequences and results to God for we never know what our obedience will yield at that time. Our part is to faithfully obey; His role is to bring the results from our obedience. We are all prone to make decisions based on our own reasoning and understanding instead of by the direction of the Holy Spirit. We need to ask God to give us the willingness and the ability to hear and sense the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to obey His promptings.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He
will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
“If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he shall
know whether My teaching comes from God
or whether I speak on My own authority.
31“If you hold (Obey) to My teaching, you
are really My disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the
truth will set you free.”
“We should Obey God rather than men.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I . Send me!”
9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
Lord, send me! Here I am
As we have previously stated the Lord’s order of things is, if we are willing to obey His teachings, then we shall know the Truth and be set free in Him. The opposite is true; if you are not willing to obey you will not learn. More truth is revealed only to those who have a heart to obey what they already know. If we love Him we will obey and do what we already know to do and then He will continually reveal to us more of His truths. Obeying out of love is better than obeying out of fear, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’ Love is manifested in obedience; it is a deep love relationship which knows no other natural response than total, joyous obedience. The Fear of God leads to Obedience which in turn shows our Love for Him. What is the attitude of our lives toward Him? Is He the object of our love, of our worship, allegiance, and Obedience? By the measure of our Obedience to Him, we reveal our love for Him. Not only are we to say, “Master” — “Lord” with our lips, but also with our hearts and lives.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
When we sin through disobedience and we have no feeling of guilt, no grieving over the fact that it is God we are disobeying, something is wrong. Is it possible to grieve God, His Son Jesus, and His Holy Spirit? The answer to all three is yes, by our disobedience.
5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness
on the earth had become, and that every
inclination of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil all the time.
6 The LORD was grieved that He had made man
on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with
whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
What are we to obey? We are to obey all of His commandments. Do we know what they are? Yes we do, for they are recorded for us in the Bible, which contains His infallible Word.. The following are a few examples of some of the more important commandments we are to obey.
Love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind,
Love your neighbor as yourself –
Love your enemies –
Forgive as I have forgiven you. –
Pray without ceasing – always –
Seek first His Kingdom,
We could go on and on and fill these pages with Gods commandments. Then there is the great commission that was given to all His children and upon which hangs the eternal destiny for the lost of the world. To disobey is to bring the consequences of Gods disappointment upon us. He said, “GO” – GO into all the world and tell them of my love for them.
Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path.
We along with those who have gone on before us were given our marching orders and it has not changed since Jesus gave that order. We, the church have been given the awesome responsibility to preach the Good News and to evangelize the world. This is one of the reasons we have been saved, to point lost souls to Jesus, to at least give them a chance to make a decision just as we were. Do we have a choice in this matter? If we really love Him we know the answer, NO, we have no choice we must obey out of this love we say we have.
Multitudes , multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
“He who does not love Me does not obey My words;
Robert E. Speer, professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, in the middle of a talk that he was giving to a class of students, stopped speaking, looked at his watch and said to them, “My watch could tick for nine and one half years without numbering the unbelievers in China alone.” Very sobering thought and it should be. We have been given our orders by our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. Have we lost our vision? Have we lost our way? Is the urgency still there to obey and reach the lost while it is still day, while there is still time?
Oswald Smith made this statement;
“No one should here the Gospel twice before everyone has heard it at least once.”
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
“I must do the works of Him who sent Me
while it is day; for the night is coming
when no one can work.
The midnight hour is almost upon us, the urgency has never been greater. God’s door of mercy is about to close. When God opens a door, no one closes it, when He closes it, no one opens it. We must obey; lives depend on our obedience while that door of Mercy and Grace is still open.
TRUTH AND TIME GO HAND-IN-HAND!
‘TIME IS RUNNING OUT’
7 He who is true, “He who has the key of
David, He who opens and no one shuts,
and shuts and no one opens “:
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before
you an open door, and no one can shut it;
And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not
strive (contend) with man forever,
AN OPEN DOOR
WHICH NO ONE CAN SHUT
What is our motivation to obey?
“But this is what I commanded them to do,
‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God,
and you shall be My people. Walk in all the
ways that I have commanded you to walk,
that it may be well with you.’
Our sole motivation to obey is because our Savior obeyed the Father and freely gave His life for us. He set the example, can we do less? He has said if we obey Him, He would be our God and not only that but that all would be well with us. Our desire should be that the lost would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus as their Lord before they have to stand before Him as their judge. It is important that we remember this. Therefore we need to think seriously about this and say as Jesus said:
“I must do the works of Him who sent Me
while it is day; for the night is coming
when no one can work.”
We are to be obedient, and go, and tell and point the lost to the only one who can save them, the precious Lamb of God, Jesus. When we are faithful and do our part, which is to sow the seed, then the Holy Spirit will do His part in convicting and converting. We don’t change the message; the message should change us. The command He gave to the early church was to go, they loved the Lord but their motivation for going was obedience, obedience that was born out of love.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there
is no other name under heaven given to
men by which we must be saved.”
Do you not know that to whom you present
yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s
slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading
to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
God’s commands are not to be questioned; we do not ask why we just obey and resolve to obey them. Disobedience will bring disastrous consequences. The greatest sin committed by the nation of Israel was disobedience. It seems as if the church today is making the same mistake. God does not demand success – just obedience.
“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear,
but followed the counsels and the dictates
of their evil hearts, and went backward and
1 Samuel 12:15
“However, if you do not obey the voice of the
LORD, but rebel against the commandment
of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will
be against you, as it was against your fathers.
When we read the Bible we see how righteous God is, how He included the bad things along with the good for He creates all things. He told us what we would receive when we obey and He also lets us know what would happen to us if we disobey. God is just and He always keeps His Word. Therefore, we must strive to keep His Word for we cannot say we love Him unless we obey His Commandments.
This is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart
from Me there is no God. I will strengthen
you, though you have not acknowledged Me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place
of its setting men may know there is none
besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring
prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD,
do all these things.
Jesus, our example of obedience.
“For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This was God’s priceless gift to the world, His only begotten Son. What motivated God to send His only Son to this planet of ours, to suffer and die on a cruel cross, to pay the supreme price for our sins? His motivation was His love for us, His creation. What was it that motivated Jesus to be willing to give His life and die on that cruel cross? ‘OBEDIENCE’ Did He have any second thoughts? For the answer to that question we must go to the garden of Gethsemane and listen as He prays to His Father. in Heaven
Matthew 26:39, 42
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face,
and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is
possible, let this cup pass from Me; but
nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and
prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup
cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it,
then Your will be done.”
And being in anguish, He prayed more
earnestly, and His sweat was like drops
of blood falling to the ground.
That Jesus loves for every man, woman, boy and girl in this world goes without saying. We don’t ever question this, it’s an undying love. But that is not the reason He went to the cross. His human side did not want to suffer the death of the cross. This human side of Jesus suffered physical and emotional pain. Gethsemane shows us the height of His emotional agony as He struggled in prayer with His Father in Heaven over the events that He faced. But even as He was going through this deep agony He obeyed His Father. Jesus prayed often but no prayer in His lifetime shows us the perfection of His humanity better than His Gethsemane prayer. He would not have been human if He had not drawn back from the unavoidable, threatening cross. He made no attempt to argue His case before His Father. He did not suggest another way. He simply prayed for God’s direction and will, not if there possibly was another way. It was as if He was searching the mind of God for some other possibility. He realized that there was no other way, so He committed Himself to the Fathers will. It was His personal relationship with His Heavenly Father, that oneness with Him, the desire to be obedient, that made Him say, “Not My will.” His Father’s will outweigh His will, for it was more important than His own and because of this He was Obedient even unto death on the cross.
7 Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had
offered up prayers and supplications, with
vehement cries and tears to Him who was
able to save Him from death, and He was
heard because of His godly fear,
8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience
by the things which He suffered.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient
to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
His motivation was obedience to His Father. Our motivation is obedience to Him. For He truly has been touched by the feelings of our infirmities; He has walked where we have walked and also where we may have to walk, even the valley of the shadow of death. He was tempted in all points like as we are. Because of this we believe Him, we trust Him, and we obey Him.
Obedience means love
For your obedience has become known to all.
The world will know we are of God and that we love Him, by our obedience. It is our obedience that indicates to God the measure of our love for Him. Our actions will always speak louder than the words we say. What is the lord seeing in our lives? What is the world seeing? Do our actions back up our words? The Bible says that we are letters that are open to be read by everyone. What are they reading? Are our lives glorifying the Father and His Son?
2 Corinthians 3:2
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone
loves Me, he will keep(OBEY) My word; and
My Father will love him, and We will come
to him and make Our home with him.
24 “He who does not love Me does not keep (OBEY)
My words; and the word which you hear is not
Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
Jesus submitted to the Father’s will and went to the cross. He was able to see the joy that was before Him and He wants us to be obedient so that we to may partake of that joy. The command to go into the entire world and preach His Gospel is our marching orders. It is inherent within us, [inseparable] in our Christian walk and it has not been rescinded. If this is true, then not to obey and fulfill His commands would be sin and the highest form of ingratitude. Obedience brings multiple blessings from God that go beyond what we can imagine or comprehend.
1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and
carefully follow all His commands I give
you today, the LORD your God will set
you high above all the nations on earth.
2 All these blessings will come upon you
and accompany you if you obey the LORD
2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher
of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and has sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility
from sinners against Himself, lest you
become weary and discouraged in your souls
Jesus has provided everything we will ever need to complete the task He has called us to do. He would never ask us to do something we are not capable of doing for the will of God will never take us to where the Grace of God will not prepare us and see us through. Through Him we can do all things for He continually strengthens us and has given us as a permanent companion, His precious Holy Spirit. When we have successfully run the race may it be said of us that we where found faithful in all that God has entrusted us with.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.
8 Now there is in store for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will award to me on that day — and not
only to me, but also to all who have longed for
You ran well. Who hindered you from
obeying the truth?
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the
runners run, but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize
Instead of those words may we hear the most beautiful words we will ever hear spoken to us by the most beautiful person who ever came into our lives, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If we have been Obedient to His Word and to His calling on our lives, we will hear Him say;
‘Well done my good and faithful servant you
were faithful (Obedient) over a few things, I
will make you ruler over many things, Enter
into the joy of your lord.’
We ought to Obey God rather than men.
AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE-WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice!
If they obey and serve Him,
they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
and their years in contentment.