Obeying God

  • Deuteronomy 28:1, 13 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….The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
  • Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
  • Acts 1:4, 8; 2:4 Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about….But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth….All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
  • Acts 8:26-27, 35 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch….Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Obedience matters. It is a pre-condition to His favor, not His love. When the Israelites listened to Him, all went well. When they turned away, they found themselves in the desert for years unnecessarily, went to battle without Him and lost, etc. Jesus always obeyed. Because He did, everyone has access to salvation. Whether they accept it or not is irrelevant. His obedience paid the price for all sins even if that gift is not accepted.

Obedience gets God’s attention. God’s Word says that whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much (Luke 16:10). Abraham developed his relationship with God by obeying Him right away. God asked him to leave his home and he did. God asked him to circumcise all the men in his entourage and he did it the same day. God told him to send away Hagar and Ishmael and He would take care of them, and Abraham sent them away the next day. Christians need to develop that type of obedience as we are not our own, we’ve been bought at a price. We are not to be the masters of our own lives but we are to love, serve and obey our God.

How to live a life of obedience:
  1. Spend time in His Word daily and when you read a command, put it into practice (e.g. forgive others).
  2. Spend time in prayer daily, both in your natural and spiritual languages. Take time to listen to God. The more you develop that relationship and listen to the voice of His Spirit inside you, the easier it will be to discern when He’s speaking to you.
  3. When God tells you to do something, obey Him. If it’s something that can be done immediately, honor Him by doing it quickly. When God gives you a direction or instruction, it always lines up with His Word.
  4. Don’t start pondering, analyzing, and debating when God tells you to help someone or do something easy because you’ll give the enemy a foothold in your life. If you can’t trust Him when He gives you small tasks, you’ll never develop enough for Him to trust you with more important assignments. When you don’t do what God asks you to do in a timely manner, you may forget or question whether you had heard from God.
  5. If you’ve disobeyed God’s Word in any way or His instructions, repent immediately and resolve to obey God as soon as possible the next time He speaks to you.

Call to action:
Ask God if there’s anything you haven’t obeyed Him as you should. If He brings something to your attention, resolve to do something about it.